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Wednesday , March 20 2019

Modalities for issuing maid recruitment licenses out – Thorough study needed before implementation of quota system

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 17: Director General of Public Relations and Security Media at Ministry of Interior Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash announced the launch of issuance of new licenses for recruiting domestic workers, which will only be approved for offices and companies that satisfy stipulated conditions in that regard. In a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Al-Hashash declared that detailed conditions in this regard are available on the ministry’s website. He explained that the applicant must be a Kuwaiti citizen of good moral conduct. He must not be an ex-convict penalized for criminal and disreputable acts or betrayal of trust.

He should not be less than 30 years old or above 70 years at the time of submission of application. That the applicant should present a medical report to indicate he is medically fit and not suffering from any disability that could hinder the activity.

Individual applicants must present a letter of financial guarantee worth KD 40,000 and companies KD 100,000. An existing company should present a financial guarantee letter worth KD 40,000 for opening a branch.

The documents to be submitted by an applicant include a copy of the rental contract, and attested receipt of rent in the name of the license holder. He should present an attestation from the Public Authority for Civil Information stating that the trading license is a true copy of the original attached to the application. He should present with the application an evidence of payment of KD 100,000 application fee.

Brigadier Al-Hashash affirmed that all of the abovementioned conditions are applicable to companies whose partners are Kuwaitis, insisting that the managers of the companies should be Kuwaitis. Implementation of the proposal to set quota for certain nationalities residing in Kuwait requires careful consideration and thorough study in order to prevent negative consequences, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources familiar with ongoing efforts to address the lopsided demographic structure.

Meanwhile, Minister of Social Affairs and State Minister for Planning and Development Hind Al-Subaih has been quoted as saying that the ministry will continue working towards the implementation of its plans whether the Parliament was dissolved or not. She affirmed the plans on reforming the demographic structure have been referred to the Cabinet for evaluation and further study, admitting it will take a long time before these plans are executed due to a number of considerations.

She added the relevant decisions will be issued gradually — either by the Ministry of Interior or the Public Authority for Manpower. General Department of Residency Affairs will launch a new system for replacing paper stamps with electronic ones within a few weeks, reports Al-Anba daily. According to informed sources, Director of General Department of Residency Affairs Major General Talal Marafiordered the launch of the new system to put an end to the phenomenon of reusing paper stamps more than once. The sources explained that visitors, after a few weeks, will be asked to head to a counter where they shall receive a receipt for the desired value of the stamp. The receipt will have a serial number that will be recognized by the machine. They indicated that the department signed a contract with a company in this regard and received a number of these machines, 26 of which have already been installed in all governorates.

Informed sources disclosed that 75 percent of Arabs and other foreigners who desire to work abroad would pay bribes to concerned officials in their home countries in order to get jobs in Kuwait rather than other countries, reports Al-Shahed daily. The same sources added the preference expatriates have for Kuwait over other countries is due to benefits employees receive, including better salaries and discounted services. They pointed out that expatriates do not think of leaving Kuwait, even with the reduction of allowances and other benefits, indicating expatriates working in the UAE and Saudi Arabia try every means possible to be transferred to Kuwait where life is easier and services are cheap, especially medical care and education.

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