3 Months Notice To Sponsor ‘Must’ For Residence Transfer
50,000 Expats On Visit Fail To Leave Country
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor approved a set of regulations to govern the transfer of work permits among workers completing three years with their sponsors, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The daily quoting informed sources added the ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Jamal Al-Dosari approved a policy to prevent employees who decline to notify their sponsors of their intention-three months before leaving their jobs-from transferring their residence permits, even if they have completed three years with their current sponsors.
Sources said the labor departments have been strictly ordered to reject all fixed-time related contract applications involving three-month notices sent by employees to employers, unless the contract duration has expired.
With contracts that have no fixed period, the workers will be allowed to file complaints if they sent the three months notice to their employees. The labor departments are expected to notify the employers promptly, with cases of this nature.
Meanwhile, an official source was quoted as saying the new set of rules follow several complaints some sponsors made to the concerned authority, reporting their employees have exploited the right to transfer to new sponsors by leaving their jobs without giving any notice, while many others do not return items in their custody.
In the meantime, the Kuwait Society for Human Rights has called on the concerned authorities to punish companies which violate the rights of the laborers, particularly since the phenomenon of death while on duty is believed to be on the rise, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
The daily added many companies force their workers to do work which they know nothing about, particularly the hazardous jobs.
Meanwhile, the head of the Society Dr Adel Al-Damkhi was quoted as saying the rights of laborers have been violated right and left to such an extent it has become a phenomenon which, he said, should be looked into.
He pointed out it is unacceptable to turn Kuwait into a graveyard for these laborers who have come to earn their livelihood.
He called on the MPs to enact laws and impose deterrent legislation to limit this phenomenon.
In the meantime, around 50,000 expatriates who entered Kuwait on visit visas did not leave the country after the expiry of their visas, reliable sources told Al-Mustaqbal daily. Most of them are Arabs and hail from countries witnessing political crises like Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, they added.
Sources said 95 percent of such violators did not avail the Amiri amnesty offer which allowed residence law violators to leave the country without penalties. They also indicated that number of residence law violators is increasing due to weak legal procedures, trading in residence permits, sponsored visas and visit visas.
An informed source in the Central Administration for Census said it is difficult to come with an accurate figure on Kuwait’s population due to the random nature of expatriates’ entry into the country using visit visas.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor will start reviewing details of Ramadan donations this week to uncover violations, reports Al-Mostaqbal daily quoting sources.
Sources revealed the officials will collect 5,200 cash donation receipt booklets from the charity organizations, adding the ministry has instructed these organizations to immediately inform the securitymen if there are missing booklets.
Sources said the ministry will also look into donations collected through K-Net. Sources explained the collection of donations through K-Net was allowed during Ramadan, provided the accounts used were registered at the ministry. Sources affirmed this step will boost Kuwait’s reputation in the international community and protect charity work in the country.