Kuwait rejects visas amid confusion over new rules

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Some work visa applications in Kuwait are already being refused a week before a freeze is due to be implemented because staff are confused over the new rules, local media reported.

The Gulf country last week announced it would cut the number of expatriates from more than 2m to 1m by 2023, culling the figure by 100,000 each year.

The tiny oil-rich nation relies on expats for much of its workforce, with only a little more than 1m nationals across the entire population.

Under its new plan, work visas would not be processed from April 1, although it was not clear whether that applied only to new visas or also included renewals.

The announcement has seen a surge in work visa applications, with large crowds of people with commercial visit visas queuing up at processing offices in an attempt to transfer their paperwork to a work visa, which would allow them to stay in the country longer, before the cut-off date, Kuwaiti Times reported.

However, the newspaper reported on Tuesday some staff in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, which is responsible for processing visas, already had begun rejecting transfer requests because they were confused over the new rules.

Assistant undersecretary for labor sector affairs Jamal Al-Doussari said applications would continue to be processed until Monday.

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Posted by: imtiyaz sayed

hi
i have one confusion that i have apply one company in kuwait.
but company reply me that my visa is not issue due to kuwait embassy track the same passport no in their systems.

i ask the rejection letter from the company which they denied please help me what to do in this matter.

Posted by: jay

come on guys and wake up there are 1000's of workers in the country on visit visas who leave every 3 months and re-enter even in major companies why not review that to see who is repeatly visiting and why
then there are commercial visas these are used because NOC process changed previously and they were cheaper
as well as that there are visas for fake companies
lets have a standard set of rules that are CLEAR and workable to all and then implemented fairly
just then we might get compliance to labour law from the big companies because currently they are breaking the rules evry day on car allowances bonus' indemnity release etc
time to clean up the act

Posted by: Bazooka Joe

If the Kuwait's are confused about this, I wonder how they will ever do the real work when the expats are no longer there? They will be more confused.

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