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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 16: In line with governmental efforts to purge the labor market of random workers, visa traders and fictitious companies; the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has launched a new mechanism to monitor business owners involved in fraud, those who hire expatriates in exchange for money and then leave them to work for other sponsors, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed the new mechanism will regulate the licenses and files of companies involved in visa trading through an inventory of files by a specialized team at the Labor Inspection Department in the Employment Protection Sector.
Sources said the new system will reveal the volume of violations regarding random workers, number of expatriates whose visas were not renewed and other related comments. After verifying the violations, the erring company will be suspended and then legal action will be taken against the owner, sources added. Sources revealed the owners of suspended files must visit the Inspection Department to address the reasons for suspension in order to avoid legal responsibility and rectify their status; otherwise, they will be fined KD2,000 to KD10,000 and imprisoned for three years.
Sources also enumerated five categories exempted from the ban on visa transfers at a time the company’s file is suspended: children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis, those born in the country, those whose families are living with them in Kuwait, university degree holders, and holders of Palestinian documents.