Friday , October 20 2017

Residency card to bypass seizure of expatriate passports by sponsor

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 3: Amendments will soon be made to expatriates’ residency law with the aim of eliminating the loopholes in the current law and putting an end to the violations in this regard, reports Al-Rai daily quoting Director General of General Department for Residency Affairs Major General Talal Al-Marafie.

He said these amendments are included in the executive regulations of expatriates’ residency law that will soon be released after they are approved by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

Major General Al-Marafie indicated that the project of residency card license has been referred to the Legal Department of Ministry of Interior for its legal opinion, after which it will be sent to the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Residency Affairs Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah for approval.

Regarding the residency card license, he explained that it is a card that will contain information about the sponsor and the sponsored which can be presented to the security authorities and other authorities of the country. It can be used instead of passport and can solve problems related to confiscation of passports by employers. It is aimed to confront international criticism against the issue of sponsors/employers confiscating the passports of the sponsored, and represents one among the country’s security measures within the best interests of the public.

Major General Al-Marafie said the Residency Affairs sector will set up a special office affiliated to one of the human rights organizations next to the Domestic Workers Department based on request, with the aim of informing workers of their rights and responsibilities and for providing domestic workers with free legal and consultation services.

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