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Expatriates rush to correct their residential status before the ‘Eid’ holiday begins

On the last working day before the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, various departments at the Interior Ministry, particularly the Residency Affairs General Department, were bustling with activity. Assistant Undersecretary for Residency and Nationality Affairs Major General Ali Al-Adwani directed the department to process clients’ transactions before the holiday in compliance with the law, as per a reliable source from the security sector cited by Al-Jarida daily.

The Farwaniya Governorate Residency Affairs Department completed 1,200 transactions to the satisfaction of clients and their employers who crowded the department. Al-Jarida’s staff visited the department in Reggae to witness the busy atmosphere firsthand.

They observed a large number of expatriates submitting their applications. Deputy Director Colonel Adeeb Al-Suwaidan led the plan’s execution to ensure smooth transaction processing despite the immense crowd. This involved prioritizing urgent transactions and distributing numbers to clients at the department’s main door. Those with urgent matters were allowed immediate entry to complete their transactions within official hours.

Transactions included residency permit renewals, visit visa issuance, status amendments, information transfers, and renewals for spouses and children under family visas. Urgent corporate transactions were received in the morning and completed by day’s end.

Non-urgent transactions were advised to return after the holiday. A limited number of commercial and family visit visa transactions were processed quickly, while others were postponed due to the heavy workload. After the holiday, priority will be given to expatriates with expired residency permits.

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