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‘Launch of e-renewal services for domestics before yr end doubtful’

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 22: Director General of Information Technology Department at Ministry of Interior Brigadier Ali Al- Mueili says the launch of renewal services of passports, driving licenses and residence permits for domestic workers through the Ministry of Interior’s mobile application prior to the end of this year is far-fetched. In a press statement, he explained that the ministry is currently working on several technical, technological and legal procedures before presenting these services to the public. As soon as these procedures are completed, the launch of the abovementioned services will be announced, which will be in coordination with other relevant ministerial sectors.

Brigadier Al-Mueili affirmed that the ministry offers various services to the public through its website, and that the ministry is keen to improve its services provided to the public such as by facilitating the enquiry process such that the public can receive immediate information about their enquiries through the website or the ministry’s mobile app. Regarding the SMS service, he explained that those who wish to subscribe to this service must make a one-time payment of KD 1, and then 40 fils for each SMS sent to the subscriber.

Brigadier Al-Mueili said, “With this mobile app, you can make personal inquiries such as inquiries about passport, election, sponsorship, residency and immigration violations, visa, driving license, vehicle status and traffic violations, travel ban and judgment execution. The SMS services include notification of traffic violations, renewal of road licenses, transfer of residencies, approach of citizens’ passport and driving license expiry, and cancellation of residency, among other services”. Meanwhile, Public Authority for Manpower revealed the intention to set up a committee to receive complaints from the national personnel whose labor support has been suspended upon their failure to update their data during the grace period that ended last August, reports Al-Anba daily.

Sources said the proposed committee will include members from the Public Authority for Manpower, Government Manpower and Restructuring Program, and Public Authority for Social Security. It is noteworthy that thousands of citizens working in private sector have filed complaints about the suspended labor support, indicating they have yet to be paid retroactively even after updating their status.

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