No more residency stickers in passports

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt-Gen Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah has issued a decision to cancel residency stickers that are placed in the passports of expatriates.

According to Assistant Undersecretary for Residency Affairs Major General Talal Marafie, the data included in the residency stickers will be mentioned in the civil IDs.

The decision will be enforced as soon as Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), the embassies of some countries in Kuwait and airlines are ready.

Major General Marafie stressed that implementation of the decision will be preceded by a campaign aimed at informing everyone about the decision. He explained that such a decision has a number of advantages such as bringing an end to confiscation of expatriates’ passports by sponsors as this will no longer be required, and preservation of the papers in the passports. The decision also includes temporary residency and departure notifications.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
As in article, they will inform ALL the concerned involved , embassies , airlines etc.., so no need to worry .
But does anyone knows do we need to renew passports if it expires in less that a year?
Or 6 months like everywhere in the rest of the world

Sunday, February 24, 2019
Good Decision but what about Extension Visa...?

Ronald Dmello
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Having a Kuwait Residency sticker I have faced issues, especially in states, to prove that I live in Kuwait. On my last trip back from states, I was delayed for nearly an hour at the airport at the ticketing counter. Any amount of explanations did not help, and finally, the passport was taken to a different admin. office to verify.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
I have a doubt. What would we do if we missed that civil id card which has residential permit also? Because we would have no evidence anymore about residential permit if we loose it by bad luck.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Babu Kanjiyil
Friday, February 22, 2019
Sir,How would you manage the entry and exit details without passport??

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
On civil ID our residence details are mentioned. If this is mentioning on barcode this will secure or privacy. Any emergency police & moi can scan this bar code to identify this address. This is good .

Mahesh Kumar
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Excellent decision, should be implemented at earliest.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
What about extension visa..?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Hi Mathew
Stamping on the passport at the time of entry and exit will still happen, I believe.
Only residency information will be read from Civil card.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Muhammad Rizwan
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Excellent move! This is going to resolve lots of issues.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Good question from Syed. I would be interested to know the answer.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
the very first step towards online renewal of residency !!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
good decision..hope more expat friendly decisions will be taken by KUWAIT GOVERNMENT.

H. A. Samad
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Good Decision, this is already active in Qatar.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
very good decision,indian airport immigration officers waste your passport pages.simple stamp anyplace so that page we ant use in further visa stamping.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Does others countries also get our residency information online. How immigration officers in airport in India know we have valid Kuwait residency. Do they consider our civil id as valid document.

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