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Introduction of Green Card system concept proposed

The immigration laws in Kuwait need to be reformed to help improve the condition of foreign workers and end abuse by visa traffickers, it has been suggested. Labeed Abdul, a columnist in a leading Kuwaiti daily, has suggested that the Kuwaiti immigration laws needs serious reforms and the sponsorship system be cancelled. Further, the type of jobs, services provided, responsibilities and income levels for expat should be taken into consideration for a permanent visa.


Labeed said that the possibilities of misuse of the 30 daysí entry visa or work visa rule by the employers are high, and therefore, a green card would be ideal to provide permission to reside and work in the country on permanent basis. Such an immigration process will develop into a permanent stay in the country.


There are thousands of foreigners who lived and worked in Kuwait for ten years or more, and respect all rules by the government. Such people who wish to live permanently in Kuwait, should be made to feel welcome to stay in Kuwait permanently, rather than having to focus on expiry date of their visas.


Nearly three million people residing in Kuwait are foreigners, who constitute two-third of total population in Kuwait. Majority of expatriates are unskilled labourers from Asian countries working in booming construction sector.

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