Kuwait: Residencies of stranded expat teachers halted by MOE
The Ministry of Education has stopped renewing the residency permits of expatriate teachers stranded abroad over travel restrictions prompted by the global coronavirus pandemic. The move is due to fears that online links related to residency renewal fees can be hacked after their circulation on social media thereby, arousing fear of hacking these links.
The Education and Interior ministries are coordinating to find an alternative mechanism for the return of stranded teachers whose residency permits have expired, the sources said.
Those teachers are expected to get visit entry visas allowing them to return instead of their expired residency permits. Sources said the Ministry of Education is preparing the list of teachers stranded abroad and send the list to the concerned authorities before September in order to find a mechanism for their entry and avoid the shortage of teaching staff for the new academic year 2020-2021.
In the same vein, the Education Ministry’s acting undersecretary Faisal Maqsid has asked the Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission on procedures that must be followed for the return of non-Kuwaiti administrative staff and teachers who have been unable to return due to a ban that Kuwait has recently imposed on flights from 32 countries over COVID-19 concerns.
Kuwait announced the ban with immediate effect on August 1 until further notice.