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Consent from sponsor must for expats to hire domestic worker

KUWAIT CITY, June 8: An expatriate cannot bring a Filipino domestic worker into the country except with the approval of his sponsor, reports Al-Rai daily. Despite the breakthrough achieved in the file of recruiting domestic workers from the Philippines, the situation is different for expatriates who are now required to obtain the approval of the sponsor, and provided their salary is in the range of 2,500 dinars in order to be able to recruit workers. The information, that expatriate families are not allowed to bring domestic workers from the Philippines has come as a shock to some.

However, the Philippines Ambassador to Kuwait, HE Mohd. Noordin Pendosina N. Lomondot, confirmed there is no decision to reject the requests from foreigners, but the issue is linked to several conditions. He explained in a statement to the daily, that “the embassy receives recruitment requests from all citizens and residents inside Kuwait, but there are additional conditions and documents that are required from those (families residing in Kuwait) wishing to bring in Filipino workers, in order to ensure the financial rights of workers, and also to ensure that the worker does not leave Kuwait without the knowledge of the embassy when the contract ends.” He stated that “among the additional documents required of non-Kuwaitis, is a certificate from the resident’s sponsor that he does not object to bringing a domestic worker from the Philippines, and a salary certificate to determine his ability to fulfill the labor obligations,” and said the recruitment request may be rejected if the salary is low as mentioned in the work permit.

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