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Thursday, Dec 07, 2023

Visa transfer window opened for ‘deceived’ expats

Visa transfer window opened for ‘deceived’ expats

While the Public Authority for Manpower announced the opening of the door for workers to transfer their work permits – workers who were affected due to fake or closed companies, after submitting complaints and taking legal measures, responsible sources explained that this procedure will benefit hundreds of deceived expatriates, who were brought in by companies and then closed their files after their entry into the country which is seen as this is not the fault of the affected workers, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The Data Recording Monitor at the Inspection Department of PAM, Bashayer Al-Mutairi, stated that the authority gives the worker brought to Kuwait on closed or non-existent facilities the right to transfer his residency, calling on any worker affected by this matter to review the authority to complete legal procedures against violating and non law-abiding employers.

PAM revealed that it has recorded 1,314 labor violations, during 73 inspection campaigns carried out by the Tripartite Committee in various regions of the country, during the first half of this year.

Al-Mutairi said that the tripartite committee was able to seize 600 domestic workers working in the private sector, whether they were registered as absconders or not working with their original sponsors.

Al-Mutairi added that legal measures were taken against 2,029 violating workers who were arrested during the inspection tours by the Tripartite Committee, in addition to the registration of other violations by the Inspection Department of Establishments and non-compliant employers.

Al-Mutairi called on business owners to update the data and ensure that the workers are given their rights and prevent them from working for others to avoid violations, stressing that if the facility was permanently closed and there was no real work, there are financial fines of up to 2,000 dinars minimum for each worker and up to 3 years in prison, noting that strict measures are being taken against any sponsor who shelters violators of the residence and labor laws.

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