Last chance for ‘illegals’

By MANDEEP SINGH,  Posted on » Wednesday, April 01, 2009

EXPATRIATES who have failed to regularise their visas due to a backlog of cases at the Health Ministry will be given one last chance to become legal, officials have declared.

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executive Ali Radhi said officials had received hundreds of calls from people saying they were given appointments for medical examinations weeks after the expiry of yesterday’s government deadline. Continue reading

20,000 urged to legalise status


ABOUT 20,000 expatriates whose residence visas have not been renewed must legalise their stay before the end of this month, the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) said yesterday.

It urged all business owners and government organisations to verify and complete their expatriate labour records before March 31. Continue reading

Kuwait set to vote on ‘expat abuse bill’

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s parliament is set to vote on a bill that lays down tough penalties for employers abusing foreign worker after US criticism and violent protests by Asian labourers, but critics say it will not achieve much.

The move follows protests last year by hundreds of mainly Bangladeshi workers demanding better pay and conditions.

Continue reading

Expat staff ‘must track visa status on website’


FOREIGN workers must regularly check their legal status on the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) website to ensure they have not been unjustly reported by their employers as runaways, officials said yesterday.

The call came following an increase in the number of expatriate workers registered as runaways at the LMRA by their employers.

Continue reading

LMRA offers card service for expats

Expatriates may report to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority for their CPR procedures. The Sanabis-based LMRA processes such services on working days between 2pm and 8pm.

The initiative has been co-ordinated with the General Informatics Organisation to cut waiting lists for expatriates and their families, LMRA chief executive Ali Ahmed Radhi said yesterday .

Continue reading