37,000 labor complaints received; 12,000 visa transfer complaints

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KUWAIT CITY, March 30: The Public Authority for Manpower said it has received 37,000 labor complaints in 2022, approximately 12,000 of which are related to transfer disputes from one employer to another, reports Al-Qabas daily. An informed source said PAM is on the verge of a series of procedures for restructuring the procedures for transfer of employees within the private sector and between employers, in a way that guarantees the right of the worker and the employer.

The source pointed out that according to a report on the numbers of Article 18 violators, last year witnessed an increase to about 30 thousand, while work is currently underway to complete the update of facility data for 62 thousand workers registered in violating facilities. In another context, a group of residents who obtained Article 24 residence (self sponsor) entered into a whirlpool of violations, in light of the transfer of their renewal requests exclusively to the office of the General Director-General of Residency Affairs in Dajeej.

Despite the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant General Anwar Al-Barjas, issuing a circular to stop receiving 26 services available on the Sahel application in the various departments, including the residence of the self sponsor, the files of the owners of those residences are required to be reviewed by the Ministry of Interior. Those affected by the decision told Al-Qabas that they submitted all the data and papers proving their right to obtain a residence permit for a “sponsor himself” based on the executive regulations of the residence law, which prove that they have sums of money that enable them to live decently in Kuwait, but presenting the files to a committee needs a long time to process.

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