Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf has issued directives to the directors of all departments of Residency Affairs concerning the possibility of renewal of visit visas for expatriates who enter the country on various types of visit visas, for a maximum of two weeks under any humanitarian and medical reasons, provided they pay the relevant fees for the renewal.
Major General Sheikh Faisal said this during an inspection tour of the building of General Department for Residency Affairs. He listened to observations, complaints, demands and obstacles facing citizens and expatriates. He told them about strict instructions from the Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior ret. Lieutenant General Khalid Al-Jarrah and the Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Lieutenant General Essam Al-Naham to apply the law on everyone without exception and to iron out the obstacles facing visitors to all Residency Affairs departments.
Major General Sheikh Faisal affirmed that the directives of the ministry leadership stipulate the need to exert maximum possible effort for building team spirit and curbing the negative aspects that hinder progress and work mechanism.
It is worth mentioning that Major General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf had previously issued instructions to ensure all types of visit visas are valid for only one month instead of three months.
He had the opportunity to listen to presentations of all departments, express his observations and issue directives for ensuring improvement to the work process in order to enhance the services and provide them with ease.
Major General Sheikh Faisal asked the departments about the kind of support they might need to improve the services in order to achieve the desired success. He said continued efforts by the departments will represent a big blow to the violators of residency law, stressing the need to continue to pursuit of law-breakers with the cooperation of the concerned authorities in this regard in order to take suitable action against them as quickly as possible and deport them from the country.
Major General Sheikh Faisal called on the employees of all the Residency Affairs departments to work hard for improving the services so that better services can be offered to the public, but prioritizing people with special needs and the elderly.
By Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah
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