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KUWAIT CITY, March 10: The General Department of Residence Affairs, upon instructions from Assistant Undersecretary of the Residence Affairs Department Major-General Talal Marafie said the Interior Ministry will stop putting residence stickers on passports of expatriates (domestic workers) who renew their residence permits online from March 10, 2019, reports Al-Rai daily.

However, the senior official said residence permits can be renewed online provided, the period of expiry of their stay is not more than two months, and with the start of canceling the sticker the Assistant Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry, Major General Mansour Al- Awadhi issued a circular on the new mechanism for renewing residency and canceling the sticker.

Ministerial Resolution No. 135/2019 dated 12/2/2019 on the amendment of some provisions of Ministerial Decree No. 640/1987 of the Executive Regulations of the Law on the Residence of Foreigners and its amendments.

The residence sticker has been canceled as of March 3, 2019 and replaced by the civil ID card for the residence permits which can be used for entry and exit that will match the passport data with the new Civil ID (passport number + Latin name + occupation).

No one will be allowed to enter or leave without the civil ID card and for this the names on the passport and civil ID must match.

The residence sticker placed prior to March 3, 2019 remains valid unless otherwise instructed.

In case of return to the country, the person who is issued a new passport and whose number differs from the number of the passport on the Civil ID will not be allowed to enter if the old passport corresponding to the number in the civil ID is not produced.

The general managers and directors of departments concerned with all ports (airport, land ports, seaports) must implement this circular with all its provisions as of March 3, 2019.

Meanwhile, a security source said the complaints of confusion surrounding the ministerial decision among the expatriate community is unjustified; pointing out that the issue is the cancellation of the sticker only for any newcomer and who renews his residence or gets a new residence.

The only difference is instead of the passports, the expatriates must produce their civil IDs. They will not be able to leave the country until after the issuance of the new civil ID.

Similarly a person will not be allowed to return if he/she does not carry the civil ID. He added all the countries have been notified in this regard. The source said: For any person who will come on visit visa, whether family, tourist or commercial, the original official paper issued by the General Department of Residence will be allowed entry and exit the country.

The source added, any expatriate whose residence was issued a month or more or less before Sunday, March 10, will be able to leave and return to the country without a civil ID card.

As for students who are studying abroad and who are outside Kuwait, the stickers in their passports allow them to enter the country without a civil ID card.

The General Department of Residence took 72 hours to complete the system so that it is fully operational.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has begun to implement the first phase of the decision to do away with the residence permit stickers on the passports and transfer all the information onto the civil IDs for holders of Article 20 (domestic labor), reports Al-Rai daily.

In the meantime, the Public Authority for Civil Information has stopped issuing IDs to all expatriates, because the names on the passports are subject to review by the Ministry of Interior, (the names in Latin) to accept applications for renewal and issuance of the ID. A majority of the civil ID cards of more than 3 million expatriates carry Arabic names that do not match the Latin names in their passports and are written in the civil ID as translated by the Public Authority for Civil Information.

KUWAIT CITY, March 4: An amendment has been made by the Kuwaiti authorities to the Foreigners Residence Law according to which no residence visa stickers will be placed on the passports of expatriates, reports Al-Anba daily quoting Egyptian consulate in Kuwait.

The Consulate told the Egyptians in Kuwait that they will now be able to exit Kuwait using their civil IDs from March 10, provided they hold a valid passport and civil ID since all residency data is recorded in the civil IDs.

Earlier, the Arab Times quoting the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt Gen Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah had said the Interior Ministry had issued a decision to cancel the residence permit stickers on the passports calling it part of an ongoing process to upgrade services in various government departments.

For his part Assistant Undersecretary for Residence Affairs Major-General Talal Marafie had said the data included in the residence stickers will be mentioned in the civil IDs.

KUWAIT CITY, March 3: A Filipina woman gave birth at Kuwait International Airport prior to traveling to her country, reports Al-Anba daily. When Ministry of Health received information about the incident from the Airport Security Department, paramedics rushed to the location and helped in delivering the baby. The woman was at the airport to board a flight to her country, but her ticket was canceled in view of the safety of her newborn

source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, March 2: The Minister of Public Works Jinan Boushehri said 114 sites in 66 districts in the provinces of Kuwait were affected by the heavy rain water which hit the country last November, unlike highways, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In response to a question by MP Khalil Al-Saleh, Boushehri said the ministry has begun the road repair procedures in accordance with the contractual terms of guarantee with the companies for a number of sites damaged by the rain wave in Kuwait.

The statistics of the affected areas, which witnessed asphalt volatilization, showed that the Capital Governorate was the hardest hit, with 47 sites in 18 areas.

The Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate ranked second with 27 locations in eight different areas; Hawalli and Al-Jahra have 12 locations in 12 districts for each governorate; Al-Farwaniya and Al-Ahmadi are equal in terms of the number of sites affected — 8 sites in 8 areas each.

Boushehri explained that the procedure for repairing and paving the affected roads is to scrape the surface layer and re-pave at the expense of the contracted companies, especially since some of them are still in the warranty period. She added that the ministry has addressed the aforementioned companies to repair and remedy the existing damages according to the contractual conditions. She added, the ministry will re-study the type of mix used in the methods and procedures of implementation.

Boushehri pointed out that the Highway Maintenance Department of the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport has estimated the cost of repairing the damaged parts.

KUWAIT CITY, March 2: A report issued by the Public Manpower Authority shows 234 registered companies in the private sector offered 43,580 jobs to citizens in the best companies according to the available national labor specialties, while the total number of those entitled to the payment of labor support allowances was approximately 61,000 citizens, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The report shows 30 companies which are listed as the best, a copy of which has been obtained by the daily shows, 32,993 jobs have been provided for the Kuwaitis which about 75% of the total opportunities announced by companies, ranging from 458 to 2,627 opportunities in the banking sector, telecommunications companies, construction, trade and libraries.

The report pointed out that more than 44% of the jobs provided to Kuwaitis in the private sector were in the commercial banking sector with a total of 14,728 jobs, the highest of which are Commercial Bank, followed by the National Bank, Gulf, Burgan, Kuwait Finance House, Kuwait International, Al Ahli, Boubyan and Al Ahli United in that sequence.

The report also mentioned only 10 cooperative societies offered employment opportunities, the highest of which was in the Jaber Al-Ahmad Cooperative with 821 opportunities, followed by Al-Zahra with 112, Salmiya 30, Adan and Al-Qasr 18, Fahaheel 15, Al-Abdali 17, Omariya 5 and to Bayan and Al-Jahra 2 each.. The fuel and oil companies have provided 2,740 jobs, 888 by Wataniya Telecom, 789 by MH Al Shaya, 2,124 by Yousuf Ahmed Al Ghanim and 1,205 Sultan for General Trading and Contracting.

The report pointed out that the companies provided jobs for 65 citizens who hold doctorate certificates, in universities and private hospitals and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and others, in addition to 146 holders of the Master’s degree which varied between food, contracting, telecommunications companies, universities and others. It was remarkable that the number of jobs offered to national workers from universities increased by 30 local companies reaching 10,042 jobs, the highest of which was in the banking sector.

source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28: A defect in the online system of Public Authority for Manpower allowed transactions related to transfer of labor even though these transactions are in violation of the conditions and regulations of PAM, reports Al- Nahar daily quoting informed sources.

They said some companies took advantage of the glitch in the system to transfer their laborers despite expiry of the salary certificates, knowing that the law bans transfer of expired and invalid certificates. The leaders of PAM gave immediate instructions to tackle the glitch in the system as soon as possible in order to follow up the violating transactions

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 26, (KUNA): Commemorating the 28th Anniversary of Liberation on Feb 25, Monday, the Kuwaiti people will be remembering the leaders and heroes of the anniversary who took all necessary measures to bring freedom to Kuwait and its people.

Since the early hours of August 1990 Iraqi invasion, the heroes of liberation vowed unchain Kuwait from the unlawful aggression, which befell upon it. Thanks to the wise leadership of the late Amir His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the late Father Amir His Highness Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah — who was a Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister — as well as the assistance of the Kuwaiti people, the country was able to gain support of the international community and to achieve liberation.

As soon as the aggression took place, the world condemned it and the UN Security Council issued a host of decisive resolutions, starting with Resolution 660, which demanded an immediate withdrawal of the Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Then other ones followed under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. On Nov 29, 1990, the Iraqi regime was dealt a surprising blow with UNSC Resolution 678, which called for the use of military force to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqi aggression.

Aside from Kuwait’s own heroes, the crisis produced champions from the region and the world, chiefl y amongst them were late Saudi King Fahad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and late 41st US president George H. W. Bush. In his address to the Saudi people on Aug 3, 1990 — a day after the invasion — King Fahad said that he felt pain for the plight of the Kuwaiti people, deeming the Iraqi invasion as unethical especially coming from a fellow Arab country. Along with King Fahad, George H. W. Bush played a crucial role in rallying efforts to pass UNSC Resolution 660.

The late US president also launched “Operation Desert Shield” on Aug 7, 1990 where some US 500,000 troops — around 74 percent of an international alliance — arrived in Saudi Arabia. On Jan 21, the US president managed to convince Congress to use force to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqi invasion, resulting in “Operation Desert Storm”, headed by General Norman Schwarzkopf and Saudi Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

While those leaders played an important role in the liberation, the Kuwaiti people will also not forget citizens and expatriates who laid their very own lives in the quest to rid Kuwait from the atrocities committed by the invading Iraqi forces. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah on Tuesday congratulated citizens and residents on the 58th anniversary of National Day and the 28th anniversary of Liberation Day.

His Highness the Amir appreciated their joyful and exuberant participation in various public festivities that refl ected highly civilized conduct, and national unity and amity. His Highness Sheikh Sabah urged everyone to be well aware of, and grateful for, the bliss of liberation, security and welfare, to maintain national unity and to harness all potentials and energies for development and prosperity. The efforts of all state agencies involving police and army to ensure smooth national celebrations marking the country’s national occasions were also highly commended by His Highness the Amir



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