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Official States that Kuwait Will Not Ban Any Nationality from Visa Issuance

Kuwait : 30 April 2011

Mansour Al-Mansour states that the ministry is there to help those is need achieve legalized status.

Al-Mansour is the assistant undersecretary in Labor Affairs at Kuwait’s Social Affairs & Labor Ministry. He fervently denied the recently published information that alleges work and new residency permits are not being issued to those of certain nationalities.

He stressed that the ministry holds nothing against any specific nationality. If a ban on the issuance of residency or work permits occurred this was decided by those in the Interior Ministry or officials higher in his own ministry. Those individuals are in charge of maintaining security within Kuwait and monitoring the expat labor force.

Al-Mansour was asked specifically about the issuance of residency permits being suspended for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran or Afghanistan as a result of the current turmoil in those nations. He again asserted that the ministry has not received any official instructions from the interim Cabinet or the Interior Ministry in regards to this matter.

The automated system has been implemented and Al-Mansour has confirmed that the ministry is making its best attempts towards improvement with the addition of new options and services over time.

Speaking about the Amiri amnesty arranged for expat remaining in the country illegally, Al-Mansour gave clarification regarding the role of the ministry. He stated the ministry is limited to assisting concerned expats looking to achieve legalized status. The Interior Ministry is responsible for cracking down on those residing illegally.

Al-Mansour also stated that the government’s resignation would not block the process of establishing the Public Labor Authority, which will move ahead as planned.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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