University Degree Obligatory for Residency Renewal: Kuwaiti Minister

Published October 15th, 2017 - 01:04 GMT
Kuwait cracks down on non-degree holders and vows to punish violating companies. (AFP/ File)
Kuwait cracks down on non-degree holders and vows to punish violating companies. (AFP/ File)
  • Kuwait cracks down on non-degree holders and vows to punish violating companies. 
  • Minister of labor says non-Kuwaiti laborers will be the target of a new anti-foreigner campaign. 
  • The same measures will also target companies who hire and bring in non-degree holders to Kuwait. 

The Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Development Hind Al-Sabeeh told Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anbaa that expat university degree holders will have to provide their attested original certificates to renew their residency visas.

Al-Sabeeh added more categories could be later included in this condition once a related study is completed.

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Responding to a question whether the residencies of some expats will no longer be renewed, Sabeeh said this was being considered, as "marginal" expat laborers overburden the local market by seeking job opportunities all the time.

The minister stressed that these decisions were meant to protect expat workers from being exploited.

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She noted that the new measures will also target Kuwaiti owners of companies using illegal methods and human trafficking to recruit expats and bring them to Kuwait. "These companies will be suspended, fined and referred for investigations," Sabeeh vowed.


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