Kuwait MP seeks five-year cap on expatriates’ stay

January 31, 2014 - 4:58:47 am

Dubai: A Kuwaiti MP has called for a five-year limit on expatriates’ stay in the country that is home to over 700,000 Indians.

A draft bill was proposed by independent Shia MP Abdullah Al Tameemi to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign workers and cut the number of foreigners to a maximum of 124,000 from any country, the Kuwait Times reported yesterday.

The MP’s plan targets low and medium qualified workers often in lowly paid jobs Kuwaitis have been reluctant to take up.

The proposal, however, does not include skilled professionals such as specialist doctors, lawyers, judges and advisers.

The bill discourages expats from establishing themselves in Kuwait and would not allow less qualified foreigners to stay more than five years in the country and the stay period would not be extended under any circumstances. Those granted the five-year visa would not be allowed to bring their family members on a visit visa. 

Two-thirds of Kuwait’s population of about four million are expats. More than 90 percent of working citizens are employed in the public sector.