Residencies of expat employees will be renewed even if they are abroad



The interior ministry said it will facilitate the renewal of work permits and residencies of employees in the private sector even if they are abroad due to the spread of coronavirus. Employers should take the work permit from the Public Authority of Manpower and then renew the residency at the immigration department, the ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Residency Affairs Maj Gen Talal Maarafi said in a statement.

He said employers can do this even if their employees are out of the country, but their passports should be valid. Maarafi said residencies of the employee’s family members who are in Kuwait can be renewed as well. Visit visas can also be extended for two months, he explained. The official said employers of domestic workers can renew their residencies even if they are in their home countries. He said these measures apply to citizens of Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.-K.T.