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Domestic workers holding illegal driving licenses banned from residency renewal

The Assistant Undersecretary for Passports and Citizenship Affairs in the Interior Ministry, Maj. Gen. Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah has announced the suspension of the renewal of residency permits of about 100,000 domestic workers, and cooks, holding driving licenses illegally.

Speaking on these, domestic workers and cooks contribute to traffic jams, as it has been found that several of them are involved in delivery work and drive their own cars. These workers are unable to renew their residency permits unless they hand-over their driving licenses or change their line of work into one that allows them to hold driving licenses.

He added that the sponsors of the workers will not be allowed to hire workers, if they do not comply with the directive.

Speaking on the procedures for obtaining family visa, Al-Jarrah said that a family visa application would be rejected if the father is not living in Kuwait. He emphasized that the decision states that the parents should be living in Kuwait for obtaining a family visa, which indicates a part of his efforts to fix the lopsided demographic structure in the country.

The Director General of Residency Affairs Department, Maj. Gen. Talal Maarefi, confirmed e online issuance of 1000 tourist and commercial visas within a day for hotels and major companies.

This is in compliance with directives of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Muhammad Al-Khaled and Undersecretary Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Fahd to provide online services for nationals, expats and visitors.
Maarefit further said that each Kuwaiti family will be allowed to have one Bangladeshi worker.

Meanwhile, the Director General of General Department of Residence Affairs, Maj. Gen. Talal Ma’arafi has denied rumours that concerned authorities have stopped issuance of No.20 visas for Bangladeshis.

Ma’arafi has also asked residents to visit concerned departments in their respective governorates to complete formalities of extension of residence permits. The first phase of e-visa project will be for those who are exempted from fees, followed by others in next phase.

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