More bad news for expat workers in Kuwait

Published:  29 May at 6 PM
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The Kuwaiti government has banned the renewal of the popular ‘family visas’ issued to parents, siblings and other relatives of expats working in the emirate.

A Kuwaiti government undersecretary recently issued a statement declaring family visas for siblings, parents and other relatives will no longer be issued as they are now suspended with the exception of a limited number of special cases. The reason given for the suspensions was the intention to reduce pressure on Kuwait’s public services in general and its healthcare provisions in particular. The statement also noted that visa for wives and children of expat workers need to be renewed in accordance with Article 22.

Family members of expats affected by the new ruling have, according to the government, soared over the past several years, with many arriving from countries suffering unrest caused by terrorism. Affected family members as described will be granted three-month temporary visas, giving them time to arrange their transportation to their home countries.

Meanwhile, Kuwait, along with several other GCC countries including Saudi Arabia, has confirmed its introduction of VAT and a selective tax policy. Executive decrees are to follow, outlining the type of goods and services affected by the new tax. Two types of tax will be brought in by the new legislation – VAT and a selective tax applicable to harmful commodities such as fizzy drinks and tobacco. The Gulf states have agreed a 200 per cent tax on imports of tobacco, with the new laws being introduced some time in 2018.

A strict Kuwaiti law applicable to non-Moslem foreigners during Ramadan is causing concern in the expat community as it cites expats caught eating or drinking in public during the daytime hours will be imprisoned until the end of the Holy Month and subsequently deported. No special exceptions will be allowed, and violators of the law will be interrogated, brought before the courts and punished before being deported. Notices and brochures in several languages including English are being readied for distribution to ensure all expats are aware of the law,

Source: Arab Times
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