241,220 work per­mits is­sued

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By A Saleh

The Man­power Au­thor­ity Deputy Di­rec­tor for Re­cruit­ment Ahmed Al-Mossa said that the to­tal work per­mits is­sued in 2016 were 241,220 com­pared to 253,829 is­sued last year. Al-Mossa jus­ti­fied the drop by the or­ga­ni­za­tional de­ci­sions is­sued by Min­is­ter Hind Al-Sabeeh con­cern­ing the as­sess­ment of com­pa­nies’ need for la­bor­ers.

Al-Mossa added that ac­cord­ing to MSAL’s de­ci­sions, la­bor­ers lo­cally spon­sored by small projects would be al­lowed to trans­fer their res­i­dency visas af­ter work­ing for the same spon­sor for a min­i­mum of one year, whereas those brought from out­side Kuwait would be al­lowed to trans­fer to another small or medium project com­pa­nies af­ter work­ing for the same spon­sor for a min­i­mum of three years. He said that the Au­thor­ity had no in­ten­tions (at the time soon) to open - for trans­fer of com­mer­cial visit visas and do­mes­tic helpers’ visas to work visas.

Mean­while, the Act­ing Man­power Au­thor­ity Di­rec­tor Ab­dul­lah Al-Motoutah said that the Au­thor­ity is co­or­di­nat­ing with the Man­power and govern­ment re­struc­tur­ing pro­gram to in­spect work­ers at the pri­vate sec­tor and tak­ing le­gal ac­tions against those in­volved in fake em­ploy­ment only to get the na­tional la­bor sup­port al­lowances. An in­spec­tion com­mit­tee in­clud­ing el­e­ments from the Man­power Au­thor­ity, Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try and the In­te­rior Min­istry had dis­cov­ered 2,036 fake com­pa­nies since the be­gin­ning of the year and that those com­pa­nies had been spon­sor­ing 1,128 il­le­gal la­bor­ers and beg­gars.

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