New residency law approved by Cabinet to come into effect
The new residency law will come into effect as soon as it is published in the official gazette. Among the articles of the new law is an expat can stamp residence upto 5 yrs and for a expat business man for period of 10 yrs.
Below are the major focus on the new law:
The draft law stipulates a jail term of three years and a fine between KD 5,000 and KD 10,000 for visa traders who facilitate the entry, renew residencies and employ expats illegally for fees. The fine will be charged for every illegal expat, while the punishment will be doubled in case the violator is a civil servant or if it is repeated within five years.
One-year jail term and a fine of KD 1,000 for any expat workers who pay money to get a work permit or renew their residencies.
On the other hand, the source said that no decision has yet been received to stop renewing residency permits for Article 22 for parents including mother-in-law the renewal proceeded until further notice.
10-year residency to foreign investors, foreigners who own real estate, foreign women divorced from their Kuwaiti husbands and have children, in addition to the husbands and children of Kuwaiti women. A Kuwaiti female citizen must obtain a residence permit for her foreign husband and children, provided that none of them work for a governmental or non-governmental entity and that the Kuwaiti woman does not obtain citizenship by dependence for her marriage to a Kuwaiti.
Two-year jail term and a fine between KD 5,000 and KD 10,000 for employers who fail to pay wages to expat employees. The same penalty applies for working illegally with other employers.
Employers must inform authorities if their expat employees leave them or if their residency is cancelled and they do not leave the country. Violators will be fined between KD 600 and KD 2,000.
Set up a special fund for expats to be financed by special fees on a variety of transactions, paid by either the employer or the employee. This fund will be used to cover airfare for deported expats and their unpaid wages following a final court judgment when the employer refuses or delays payment, and blood money for expat workers who die or sustain any disability during or because of their work duties. – KD 5 social fee will be collected from workers on issuing or transferring their residency visas and on obtaining a driving license or car registration, a KD 3 fee for annual renewal of the above and on flight tickets issued in Kuwait, a KD 1 fee for electricity receipts, first-time issuance and renewal of civil IDs.. etc
Employers in the private and oil sectors will be committed to paying health insurance for each employee on arrival and prior to getting residency visas.
In addition domestic worker can reside outside the country for a period of 4 months instead of 6 months.
The new residency draft law will be sent to the National Assembly for debate and approval soon.