KUWAIT CITY, May 19: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh issued ministerial decision number A/57/2016 on the new fees for some transactions related to the transfer of work permits in the private and oil sectors, reports Al-Jaridah daily.
The decision stipulates that in line with labor administrative decision number 842/2015 regarding work permit transfer in private and oil sectors and its amendments, the employer is allowed to transfer the work permit of the employee through the Supreme Committee for Individual Disputes by paying fees depending on the nature of the transfer.
According to the decision, KD 200 should be paid for transferring the work permit of an employee registered under an expired government contract to another government contract of the same employer, KD 350 for transferring work permit of an employee registered under a government contract, whether expired or still valid, to the main file of the same employer.
The decision added that it is permissible to transfer the work permit of an employee registered under expired or valid government contract, to another government contract of a different employer by paying KD 300. The same fee is applicable for the transfer of the work permit of an employee, who was brought into the country to work in the private sector, to another employer without completing the required work period — one year under the current employer.
It also permits an employee, who worked in the government sector and transferred to the private sector, to transfer to another employer before completing one year since the issuance date of the work permit and the fee is KD 300.
The KD 300 fee is also applicable for the transfer of work permit of a locally retired employee registered under a government contract to the private sector before finishing one year since the issuance of his work permit.
It is permissible as well to transfer the work permit of an employee, who was on dependent visa and transferred to the private sector, to another employer before completing one year with the current employer. The fee for this transfer is KD 300.
The same fee — KD 300 — is imposed for the transfer of the work permit of a domestic employee, who had earlier transferred to the private sector, to another employer without completing three years under the current employer.
Meanwhile, Article Two of the decision mandates the Public Authority for Manpower director to issue an administrative circular regarding the conditions and fees for transferring work permits and to cancel any contradicting decision. The new decision should take effect immediately after its publication in the official gazette.