Kuwait begins crackdown on expat uni degrees and old cars

Published:  11 Oct at 6 PM
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Kuwait’s manpower agency is to ban work permit issuance to expat university graduates arriving to take up jobs in the private sector unless they have good grade point averages (GPA).

The ban is expected to help resolve the emirate’s demographic imbalance as well as benefiting its restructuring of the local labour market, with further plans to accredit and endorse expats’ degrees as a precondition to residency visa renewals also in the pipeline. Sources suggest the new rules are intended to ensure only highly-skilled and specialised expatriates are allowed to work in Kuwait, as the emirate no longer wants unskilled labour.

In addition, Kuwait’s traffic department is recommending the government ban all cars over the age of 10 years from using the roads. The move, according to the Environment Public Authority, is expected to resolve rush-hour congestion and limit the level of air pollution by carbon and other hazardous emissions. The authority is aware Emiratis whose business is repairing older automobiles may suffer due to the ban, but believe the trade will continue as new cars may well need spare parts after a year’s usage.

Given the above, plus the fact that expat retirees who’ve worked in Kuwait for most of their business lives still can’t retire here or even own property, a good number might now consider it’s time to move on. Even this won’t be as straightforward as it should be, especially for those who have car loans, ongoing obligations including contracts or even bank accounts. It’s essential that everything is closed down before you leave and, if there are any ongoing disputes, it’s important to take legal advice as to the best way to deal with them. If leaving is imminent and there are unresolved issues, it’s best to nominate a friend, former colleague or legal advisor to deal with them on your behalf.
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