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Kuwait considers raising government transaction fees for foreign workers by more than 500%
Kuwait considers raising government transaction fees for foreign workers by more than 500%

After officially repealing Resolution No. 520 of 2020 prohibiting the issuance of a new work permit in the country for expatriate workers who have reached 60 years of age and above, holding high school certificates and below and equivalent certificates, the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Manpower decided to form a committee to review all permit renewal fees. Working in Kuwait with the aim of raising its value.

Sources told the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Qabas, that "it is expected to raise fees for government services and transactions provided by the Manpower Authority to expatriates at rates that may exceed 500% from what is currently applied, especially since the fees that Kuwait collects from expatriates is considered the lowest among the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council."

In addition, the Kuwaiti Manpower Board of Directors, headed by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Al-Salman, decided to form a committee headed by the “Fatwa and Legislation” to oversee the legal drafting of the upcoming “manpower” decisions, including raising the fees expected to be issued in 2022, in order to avoid any errors that conflict with local laws. and international treaties.

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