Manpower Authority under Ministry of Home Affairs
One of the most important steps taken by the Kuwaiti government to curb visa fraud is the transfer of the Public Authority of Manpower, which deals with labor recruitment, to the Ministry of Interior. Earlier the authority was working under the Ministry of Justice. The move is because the Home Ministry has more power and flexibility to monitor recruitment agencies and take necessary action. From the fake visa racket caught in Egypt, it was clear that fake visas were organized in the name of dummy companies operating in Kuwait. Based on this, the Ministry of Home Affairs will take action to find the owners of such fake companies.
A new method of recruitment will be implemented
In the new scenario, the government also plans to implement a new method for recruitment from foreign countries to Kuwait. This is aimed at reducing the imbalance in the expatriate population. This will be a setback for the people of the country including Indians. Because Indians are currently the largest expatriate community in Kuwait. It is estimated that there are more than 8,63,000 Indian expatriates in Kuwait. After Indians, the largest expatriate community in Kuwait is from Egypt. It is estimated that there are 6,10,860 Egyptians in Kuwait. Indians make up 29 percent of Kuwait’s expatriate population. Egyptians make up 21 percent, Bangladeshis and Filipinos eight percent each, Syrians five percent, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans three percent each, and Jordanians two percent. The remaining 15 percent are from other countries. According to the new recruitment system, priority will be given to those from countries with less expatriates.
Only the workers needed by the companies
The authorities have also decided to conduct a comprehensive study of the current job market in the country to avoid issuing visas in the name of fake companies. A study of how many workers each company needs and how many they currently have. This is to ensure that there is no excess number of workers in the country. The action was taken after it was found that the workers who come to the country on such additional visas are engaged in illegal and illegal work and illegal activities. Apart from this, the work of determining the required number for each institution will also be organized as part of this.
Action will be taken against fake visa traders
The Kuwaiti authorities have also decided to strengthen the existing laws in order to prevent the trade of fake visas. As a part of this, the punishment and fines for those caught for visa trading will be increased. At present it is customary to levy a small fine on those caught for this offence. But this will change. A huge amount of fine will be charged from the culprits. As part of this, necessary amendments will be made in the private sector employment law. Al-Qabas newspaper reported quoting the authorities that the measures related to this will be expedited.
Inspections will be made widespread in companies
The authorities have also decided to widen the inspection in the country’s employment establishments as part of preventing human trafficking and illegal visa trade. The Immigration Investigation Division and other investigative agencies will be empowered to conduct inspections of establishments recruiting workers from foreign countries. Companies will also check whether the number of employees recruited is available in the organization and at the work site. Action will be taken against non-compliant establishments. A corporate visa requires a person arriving in Kuwait to inform the relevant parties of the completion of an employment contract with the organisation. It is also under consideration to impose a ban on recruitment for those who do not comply with this.
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