Kuwait to suspend commercial visit visas from Sept 1

Kuwait will temporarily suspend the processing of commercial visit visas in a bid to clamp down on the increase in expatriate workers in the Gulf State, according to a report on Saturday.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour’s decision will take effect from September 1, Kuwaiti labour minister Dr Mohammad Al Afasi said at a recent Iftar gathering, the Al-Shahed Arabic daily newspaper said.

The report said the Ministry had noticed a significant number of expatriates remaining in the country and transferring the visitor visas into work permits. This has resulted in a surge in the number of ‘marginal’ expatriate workers, the report added.

The Ministry will suspend the issuance of such visas in order to review how the system is being operated.



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