New law for residence transfer from one sponsor to another
The Director-General of the Public Authority for Manpower Ahmed Al-Mousa announced new requirements in relation to the residence transfer of workers from one employer to another.
An expatriate can usually transfer his residence to a new sponsor provided his current sponsor is agreeable. For government employees, domestic servants and dependants, there are few restrictions on transfers between sponsors in the same sector.
However the rules governing the right to transfer to a new sponsor in the private sector are complex. Transfers are usually restricted to the ‘same sector’.
As per the new instructions that were issued by the Minister of Social Affairs and the Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Maryam Al-Aqeel, to have control on the labor market aswell as the control on demographics, the authority has set new requirements related to the transfer of work permit of all employees, as per resolution No. 529 of 2020 which was issued for the amendment of Resolution No. 842 of 2015 regarding requirements for the transfer of employees from one sponsor to another.
Spouses and children of Kuwaiti women and the wives of Kuwaiti and Palestinian women who hold documents and holders of technical professions specialized in the medical field in transferring to establishments holding licenses to practice are excluded from this, provided that the nature of their work is related to the medical fields, such as doctors, nursing staff and others who practice medical specialties according to the procedures in force at the Ministry of Health
Al-Mousa added that rules have been passed related to transfer the residence of dependent visa (family visa) to work in the private sector, as specific groups have been allowed to transfer to work in the private sector such as the husbands and children of Kuwaiti women and the wives of Kuwaitis, those born in Kuwait and Palestinians who hold documents and those who hold graduation degree.