Suspended companies’ workers can now lift arrest orders – Restrictions on visit visas to curb begging

KUWAIT: Director of the Labor Inspection at the Manpower Public Authority Sultan Hassan recently urged expatriate workers registered under suspended companies to check with the Dajeej department to get official letters from the immigration detectives’ directorate in order to lift arrested orders issued against them.

This process allows the workers to make use of the 60-day grace period they had been granted to transfer their work permits to other companies before the end of August.

Further, Hassan noted that only 100 of the 33,000 laborers registered in over 6,770 suspended companies had so far made use of the grace period, adding that many of them are afraid that they might be arrested if they showed up at the department. “The department might have to work afternoon shifts in case of a surge in workers seeking work permit transfers” he said.

Visit visas
Separately, the Ministry of Interior’s immigration departments are currently decreasing the number of issued family visit visas, and have rejected many applications for some nationalities, said informed sources. They noted that the decision was made after noticing an increase in visit visa applications presented by applicants from certain nationalities, whose nationals have in the past been caught begging during Ramadan after arriving to Kuwait for that specific purpose.

In this regard, wellinformed sources noted that it had been observed that visit visa applications always increase before Ramadan, and that concerned officials decided to reject such application in a bid to fight begging. Moreover, the sources said that MOI was in the process of taking strict measures against beggars by immediately deporting them to prevent such occurrences that usually increase near mosques. “Kuwait is a benevolent country and we are not against legal donations collected by charities in accordance to laws,” the sources concluded. —Al-Jarida and Al-Anbaa

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