Kuwait hikes fines for visa trading, salary delays

Up to $33,200 penalty for employees who recruit expats and fail to provide them with jobs

Kuwait has amended its private sector labour law to increase fines for employers who trade in visas or delay salary payments, the National Assembly revealed.

The fine for employers who recruit expats and fail to provide them with jobs will be increased from between $3,320 (KD 1,000) to $16,600 (KD 5,000) per worker to between $6,640 (KD 2,000) and $33,200 (KD 10,000), reported Kuwait Times.

The same penalty will apply to employers who recruit expats without a residency visa.

Due to obliged sponsorship in Kuwait, many employers have provided residencies to expat workers for $3,320 (KD 1,000) annual fee without employing them.

The fine for such violations has been increased from $1,660 (KD 500) up to $3,320 (KD 1,000).

Employers who fail in paying salaries on time will also be fined one percent of the value of the unpaid salaries every month.

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