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Kuwait MoI mulls fee hikes; Online residency renewal planned

Kuwait MoI mulls fee hikes; Online residency renewal planned

Director General of Residency Affairs Maj Gen Talal Maarafi said that a new system to renew expats’ residency permits online will be in effect soon. Several offers from companies are being studied to select the best, he added.

The e-government project will encourage economic movement, reduce congestion in the streets and overcrowding at ministry’s departments. This is in addition to saving time and effort.

He pointed out the new fees for visits and residence permits will be introduced only after getting a nod from the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah and approval of the National Assembly.

He also spoke about the imminent hike in various fees. The most important reasons for Ministry of Interior to submit a proposal to increase fees is the deficit in the state’s general budget, said Director General of Residency Affairs Maj Gen Talal Maarafi.

The real cost of services presented by the department are not in harmony with the current fees, he added. The current fees have been in effect for 40 years without a change and most of them are selective, such as for visit and temporary residency permits.

“We are not against expats as they are our brothers. They live in Kuwait and earn their living here, and have a major role in building old and modern Kuwait as far as education, health and infrastructure are concerned, but the fee increase includes both expats and citizens,” Al-Qabas daily reported quoting him.


 

10 months ago

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