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New regulation for visa transfer process on the way

Workers in Kuwait can work for a different employer during probation period until their visa is transferred, according to latest decision by the government.

An employee in the public or private sector should obtain permission from his/her employer to transfer to another employer, and should have worked for at least one year with the original employer, to avail this new decision, said Jamal Al-Dousary, the General Director of Public Authority of Manpower.

This decision forms part of efforts to regulate the visa transfer process in both private and public sectors. It stipulates that the new employer should subject the employee to a maximum of 100 days probation period, and during this time the employer should issue the work permit before worker’s visa is transferred.

Another decision released prohibits workers in government contracts from transferring to a different employer during the duration of the contract. The employee can transfer to a different company owned by same employer, provided, the latter proves that he has a government contract in the second company too.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and the Minister of State for Planning and development, Hind al Subaih has revealed that the government is eyeing comprehensive reform in all fields and bodies and aims to achieve this principle to move forwards towards achieving development.

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