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Over the past months, there have been several new regulations related to visa and work permits for expats in Kuwait.
Kuwait will shortly sign a $1billion contract with Italys Salini Impregilo and Turkeys Limak Construction for its planned South Al Mutlaa City project.
The Directors of Residency Affairs Departments in all six governorates have received verbal orders to suspend extension of all types of visit visas until further notice is received.
Air India Express will run two additional flights from Kuwait to Kozhikode from 1st June 2016.
The Manpower Public Authority in Kuwait are considering a proposal to cancel the visa of expatriate in case there is a complaint from the employer about the employee overstaying his designated annual leave period abroad.
A new electronic passport system (e-passport) will be launched in mid-September, the Interior Ministry Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs, Gen.
The Kuwait government has agreed to recruit nurses through the e-migrate system of recruiting nurses by the Kerala State government in India, for employment by Health Ministry through state-owned agencies.
The Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, together with State Minister for Planning and Development, Hind Al-Subaih, signed a new law which steeply raises fares on work permits and transfer of residence.
New electricity tariffs would be implemented in Kuwait from mid-2017, on receiving the approval from the Assembly, announced MP Ahmad Lari, rapporteur of the Priorities Committee.
In a fresh decision issued by the Public Manpower Authority, expatriate labourers can transfer their residencies to other employers without prior approval of their employers, after three years of employment.
A draft law, if approved may see bills for heavy consumers of electricity grow by as much as seven-and-a-half times that of present.
The Kuwait government is keen to promote the tourism sector in Kuwait and develop it as a way to diversify income sources and create better opportunities for young people.
The Ministry of Electricity and Water team briefed the National Assembly Financial and Economic Affairs Committee about plans to hike electricity charges, and as per this indication, expatriate households are likely to be affected the most if the hikes are approved.
Based on latest statistical reports, the number of employees in Kuwait, excluding the domestic workers, have touched 1,805,507 in number last year, the Central Statistics Bureau revealed.
Work on the new KD390mn Jahra Hospital, one of the largest healthcare development projects in Kuwait is making good progress and will be ready by 2018.
The year 2015 was a milestone for the projects market in Kuwait, as it saw KD9.
The General Department for Residence Affairs has issued a decision to streamline the residence permits of wives and children with the Head of the family.
The power plants operation and maintenance sector at the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has begun slashing expenses by laying off the expat technicians, revealed Fuad Al-Oun, Assistant Undersecretary for Power Plantsí Operation and Maintenance.
According to government sources, plans are on to increase the cost of living allowance for Kuwaiti employees in government departments to face the increase in prices of consumer products following implementation of subsidies rationalization decisions.
The Kuwait Airways is heading into expansion phase to include partnerships, following a restructuring plan which helped cut losses, said an executive at the state-owned airline.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Kuwait, together with the Indian Embassy have signed a deal finalizing the modalities of recruitment of nurses from India, thereby paving way for hiring nurses only through three government agencies.
The municipality in Kuwait is planning to convert old cemeteries into public parks, despite some on-going protests over such moves.
According to Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects, new advisers have been appointed for the planned Kuwait City Metro and procurement will begin in first quarter of 2016.
The Eid Al-Adha holiday will be for three days this year, starting 22nd September, coinciding with the standing on Arafat Day until Saturday.
The Acting Director of Public Authority for Manpower, Abdullah Al-Mutawteh, emphasized that Kuwait is trying its best to protect labour rights, and is strict with those trying to infringe on the rights of its foreign workforce or breaks into the labour law.