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Sat 14 Nov 2009 11:37 AM

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All Kuwaiti expats must now register fingerprints – paper

Procedure to be a precautionary security measure as part of a longـterm security plan.

Kuwait's interior ministry, represented by the immigration department, will begin registering the fingerprints of wives and adult children sponsored by their husbands or fathers as of the beginning of next week, according to a report on Saturday.

A reliable source informed the Kuwaiti Al Watan Daily that the new procedure is being instituted as a precautionary security measure as part of a longـterm security scheme to register the fingerprints of any foreigner who enters the country.

The new decision will be circulated amongst all the immigration and residency bureaus in all governorates, the daily added.

The Al Watan Daily source added that the decision will be applied to wives and children who enter the country for the first time or those whose residencies have expired or been cancelled and wish to return to Kuwait once again.

According to the daily, that the decision will also be applied to foreign women married to Kuwaiti men.

The source added that the fingerprints will be taken at the Civil Identification Department; that no residencies will be stamped without first taking fingerprints.

According to a report in Kuwait Times last month, a new labour law that gives expats more benefits is expected to be passed by the National Assembly during the its next legislative term.

Expatriates who own their own business in Kuwait will no longer have to be affiliated to a local sponsor as part of measures to improve the labour market, officials said.

Tradesmen like barbers, butchers, mechanics and carpenters will now be granted self-sponsorship, Mohammad Al-Kandari, undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour had told a press conference.

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