Illegal or undocumented workers in Kuwait have until February 22 to take advantage of the amnesty program that the Kuwaiti government is offering.
The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait has issued the advisory to all undocumented OFWs, warning them of the massive crackdown that the Kuwaiti government will enforce against illegal workers or aliens.
The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry has issued the circular on January 29 extending the amnesty program only until February 22.
Under the program, all overstaying migrant workers will be allowed exit without suffering fines or penalties.
Illegal workers, on the other hand, will be given the chance to process their documents so they can stay in the country legally.
“Pag umalis kayo under na amnesty period ay maari pa kayong bumalik ng Kuwait… walang ban sa pagbalik sa Kuwait… ngunit kung abutan kayo ng crackdown ikukulong kayo at may lifetime ban sa pagbalik sa Kuwait,” Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait, Renato Pedro T. Villa said.
( Translation: If you leave within the amnesty period, you may still return ti Kuwait…there is no ban on returning to Kuwait…but if the crackdown catches up with you, you will be jailed and banned for life from returning to Kuwait.)
Based on Kuwaiti government data, the number undocumented Filipino workers in the country has already reached a little less than 11,000.
Most of them are domestic helpers who often fall prey to illegal recruitment or have expired working visas.
However, the Philippine Embassy has only received around 300 applications for the amnesty program.
Once these applications are given clearance by the Kuwaiti government, they will be allowed to go home.
The Department of Foreign Affairs had also sent auxiliary personnel to assist the OFWs in the processing of their amnesty program applications. – Bert Cerudo | UNTV News & Rescue
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