The number of residency law violators who have taken advantage of the grace period issued by the interior minister have exceeded 43,000 expatriates, a security source said. The number of expats who left the country without having to pay fines with the possibility to return is around 30,000, while 13,000 corrected their status after paying fines totaling KD 8 million, the source added.At the same time, the Public Authority for Manpower revealed that about 23,500 employees in the private sector who were reported to have absconded after April 1, 2016 can also benefit from the decision to amend their status.

Sources said it is expected that the number of those who will benefit from the amnesty, which ends on April 22, 2018, will increase and this is after the violators obtain travel documents from their embassies.Sources called on the remaining 110,000 residency violators to benefit from the amnesty, adding the Public Authority for Manpower is receiving applications to lift absconding charges on those who wish to exit or amend their status before the amnesty period ends.



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