Kuwait lawmakers busy making more new expat rules

Published:  19 Oct at 6 PM
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Expats in Kuwait seem to be both positive and negative targets for municipal lawmakers, with the emirate churning out new rules by the day.

It’s good news for some expats and not so good for others as the Kuwait parliament tinkers with changing existing laws and inventing new ones. For example, the former age restriction applied to parents of expats planning to visit their kin is to be lifted, with visit visas now available irrespective of the age of the applicants. The reason behind the change is the recent introduction of medical charges levied on any treatment required by elderly parents during a visit to their expatriate adult children in Kuwait. The new visit visas are expected to be for a one month stay and can also be renewed by application to department heads in various governorates.

At the same time, a proposal has been submitted to parliament for a survey of expats working in both the private and public sectors, along with another survey of jobless Kuwatis. The surveys would clarify the impact, if any, of the emirate’s present job replacement policy, as concerted efforts are needed to address the job crisis in both sectors. Another proposal spells bad news for single expatriates living in model areas, with fines for allowing expat bachelors to rent in the districts rising to KD10,000. Numbers of single non-Kuwaiti men in the areas have soared to around 1.2 million, representing 35 per cent of the entire expat population.

It’s good news for non-Kuwaiti wives of Kuwait nationals, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs, as Kuwait-born children of the marriage will now be able to receive social security payments after investigations have taken place. According to reliable sources, the new rule will also apply to non-Kuwaiti wives who’ve been divorced by their Kuwaiti husbands. At the same time, 36 secretarial jobs for expat females are being opened up by the Civil Service Commission, The positions will be in the Municipal Council, and are needed due to a large amount of unfinished work needing to be cleared away.
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