May 22 2012
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Interior Ministry seeks five-year work permits - Govt tries to curb 'visa trafficking'
This was mentioned in a recent report quoting a letter sent by General Director of the Migration General Department, Maj Gen Kamil Al-Awadhi, to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, requesting that the maximum date for a work permit in the private sector be increased from three to five years. Kuwait's residency laws stipulate that the migration department and MSAL must coordinate procedures by which the process of issuing work permits to private sector expatriate employees is conducted. On that basis, the letter is seen as an effort from the Interior Ministry to establish coordination with the MSAL in the hope of increasing the length of work permits.
"While the MSAL has been following the same procedures for years, it is important to take notice of the fact that changes have taken place, especially with regards to the increase in the number of expatriate labor forces, which subsequently leads to an increase in the transactions and procedures at both labor and migration departments", the letter reads, Al-Qabas reported.
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