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Kuwait implements ban on work permit renewal for expats aged 60

31 January 2021

Kuwait has begun implementing the decision to ban renewal of work permits for expatriates aged 60 and above, who hold pre-university degrees.

As revealed by a Kuwaiti manpower official, this administrative decree will not be reviewed. It is effective since January 2021 and is not subjected to any amendment.

The Deputy head of the Public Authority of Manpower, Abdullah Al Mutawah, when mentioning this, did not reveal how many expatriates will be affected by the ban.

This decision, however, is not applicable to foreign university degree holders over the age 70, the official said, adding that no decision has been taken on banning work permit renewals for them.

Speaking alongside the visit by Heads of six diplomatic missions in Kuwait to a commendation centre for expatriates. This included Ambassadors of France, Britain, US, Germany, Australia and Canada.

More than 70,000 migrant workers are due to leave Kuwait this year due to implementation of this ban for expats over 60 years.

Recently, Kuwait unveiled several measures to limit hiring expatriates as part of its strong effort to address the demographic imbalance in the country.

Recently, there has been pressure in Kuwait to stop hiring foreign employees, amidst accusations that migrant workers may have strained the infrastructure facilities in the Gulf country.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.