Kuwait has given the opportunity to change the visa of domestic workers


The Ministry of Interior of Kuwait has given the opportunity to change the visa of domestic workers (number 20) and transfer them to the private sector (number 18).

Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Interior and Chairman of the Government Manpower Department, issued the new rules on Saturday (July 6).

Through this, Kuwaiti expatriate domestic workers will have the opportunity to change their visas between July 14 and September 12 this year.

The new rules specify several conditions for transfer. These include- visa changes must require the approval of the employer (kafil) and domestic workers must have worked with the employer for a minimum of one year. A fee of 50 Kuwaiti dinars is required to change the visa and an additional fee of 10 dinars is payable every year.

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Earlier, Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah tasked the Manpower Authority to prepare a draft law to temporarily lift the ban on the transfer of domestic worker visas (Visa 20) to work visas in the private sector (Visa 18) in a meeting. In that meeting, foreign employment policy was discussed with the aim of dynamizing and consolidating the labor migration sector.

There are about lakhs of expatriate Bangladeshis on domestic worker visas in Kuwait, who have been waiting for a long time to change their visas from Khadem or domestic worker visas to Shan or private sector visas. Expatriate Bangladeshis are happy to implement such decision of Kuwait government.

EA/JIM