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Statistics on Kuwait women of ages 50-55 years


KUWAIT CITY, July 23: There are 361,128 Kuwaiti women of ages between 50 and 55 years including 10,246 unemployed women and housewives, 12,693 employed women, and 13,189 retirees, reports Aljarida daily.

According to the statistical report included in the response of the State Minister for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel to the parliamentary question submitted by MP Khalil Abdullah, the rate of unemployed women aged between 50 and 55 years is 28 percent.

She explained that there are 6,927 Kuwaiti women of this age group who are not granted social aid and do not have a fixed income, while 2,279 of them receive social aid. There are 1,040 widows who are receiving pensions of their deceased husbands.

The statistical report does not include Kuwaiti women who receive incomes from their commercial businesses or from real-estate investments. In response to another parliamentary question submitted by MP Bader Al-Mulla concerning the number of candidates nominated by Civil Service Commission (CSC) to work, Minister Al-Aqeel said 236,085 applicants have been appointed, adding that 98.1 percent of the applicants received employment as of June 19, and 4,582 citizens, constituting 1.9 percent, are registered for jobs with CSC.

Source: Arab Times

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KUWAIT CITY, July 21: The citizenship of 59 Kuwaiti men and women were revoked based on a decision issued by the higher committee for citizenship affairs headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

This decision, which was published in the official gazette “Kuwait Alyoum”, was in accordance with articles 9, 10 and 11 of the Amiri decree No. 15/1959 on the Kuwaiti citizenship law. According to article No. 9, Kuwaiti citizenship will not be cancelled for expatriate women married to Kuwaiti citizens after the end of the marriage contract except if the women obtain their original citizenship or another nationality.

Article No. 10 stipulates that Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis will not lose their Kuwaiti citizenship unless they obtain the citizenship of their husbands based on their request. Article No. 11 stipulates that Kuwaiti citizens will lose their citizenship if they obtain the nationality of another country, but their wives will not lose their citizenship unless they too obtain the nationality of their husbands

Source: Arab Times

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KUWAIT CITY, July 21: Thousands of engineers working in the private sector are caught in the midst of confusion because of the confusing decisions issued by the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), reports Al-Qabas daily.

Despite the fact that PAM officials have stated more than once that there is no need to re-apply for accreditation of the Kuwait Engineers Society (KES) to their certificates in case it was accredited before, however still have to apply for accreditation.

The Al-Qabas sources reported that the suffering of the expatriate engineers in the country is not related to the KES. The request for issuing a certificate to the concerned people came after a direct request from the PAM or through the automated system which was announced in advance.

The sources said PAM has already stated that the automated link on the accreditation of engineers has ended, and that the issuance of the certificate is only one time and need not be issued every year, but the system currently is in conflict with those statements, and the ‘engineer’s certificate has to be issued a second and third time at the time of the renewal of the work permit, at the request of the concerned people.

President of the KES Faysal Al-Attal said: “We do not ask for this certificate, but we offer it to those who request it, even if they request it every month. On the issue of retesting new engineers particularly the Syrians, Libyans and Yemenis, Al-Attal stressed that “whoever has answered the test and passed need not do it again.”

Those who did not answer the test were given a test to correct the situation, regardless of the nationality. For those who received a bachelor’s degree in engineering or architecture from any university other than their own country must provide proof of residence in that particular country during the study period.

They must also submit the certificate to the concerned authority in the country in addition to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and the disclosure of grades, all documented by the Foreign Ministry of Kuwait, and with tests conducted in cooperation with Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.

The Egyptian universities with regard to engineers with certificates issued by Egyptian universities, Al-Attal said that the Engineering Education Committee of the Arab Engineers Union is doing its best. The Supreme Council of the Arab Engineers Union has adopted the strategy of the committee for the next two years and received support from all the Arab unions.

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Council OK’s proposal to amend Article 8 of the Nationality Law


KUWAIT CITY, July 18: The Council of Ministers has approved the amendment to Article 8 of Amiri Decree No. 15 of 1959 regarding the Nationality Law concerning the granting of Kuwaiti citizenship to the wife of a citizen after 18 years of marriage, reports Al-Anba daily.

In the past, a foreign woman married to a Kuwaiti did not get the Kuwaiti nationality unless she made known of her intention to the Minister of Interior to acquire the Kuwaiti nationality, provided the duration of the marriage was not less than five years from the date of making known her intention.

If the marriage ended before the end of the period referred to, due to death or divorce, and the foreign woman has a son or children from her Kuwaiti husband and prefers to stay in the country, she may be granted the citizenship’s upon a report to be submitted by the interior minister.

This matter will be discussed by the Interior and Defense Committee of the National Assembly following which it will be approved or rejected.

The committee will prepare a report and refer it to the National Assembly for discussion, and put to vote. The daily polled the views of a number of law professors and lawyers to know what they think about the amendment to the law.

The head of the general law department at the Faculty of Law of the Kuwait University Dr Ibrahim Al-Hamoud said the Kuwaiti legislator sees many women marrying young Kuwaiti men for a very short period in order to acquire the Kuwaiti nationality which then will end in divorce after getting the nationality.

He said, the Kuwaiti legislator sees in this way she cannot be integrated into the Kuwaiti society given the short duration of her marriage and remains still alien to this country so the decision to grant the foreign wife a Kuwaiti nationality after 18 years of marriage, in order to fill the vacuum of excuses and decided to amend Article 8, explaining that the 18-year period can integrate this woman into the Kuwaiti society on the one hand and preempt the greed of some non- Kuwaiti women of mere obtaining the nationality and not to form a stable family.

Al-Hamoud stressed the legislator wanted this amendment in the law not to make nationality itself a goal just to get the benefits. He pointed out that the legislator succeeded in blocking the greed of some women to obtain Kuwaiti nationality, saying a citizen who marries a woman for a certain period in return for helping her to get the citizenship, had to be stopped abruptly to preserve the Kuwaiti nationality and not to make the citizenship a kind of commodity.

For her part, lawyer Areej Hamadeh told the daily the Kuwaiti Nationality Law No. 15 of 1959 regulates the granting of Kuwaiti nationality. Article 1 states that the lawful Kuwaitis were the settlers in Kuwait before 1920, in the ordinary day until the date of publication of this law. Among these controls is Article 8, which stipulates that the marriage of a foreign woman to a Kuwaiti should not become Kuwaiti unless she declares her desire to acquire this nationality and the marriage continues for a period of five years from the date of declaring her desire to do so.

Hamada added: The Cabinet approved at its weekly meeting a draft law amending Article 8 of Amiri Decree No. 15 of 1959 on the Nationality Law to increase the period to 18 years instead of five years. The naturalization of foreign women married to Kuwaiti is one of the types of random naturalization, because the five-year period was small and helped some to abuse the naturalization in anticipation of the advantages of Kuwaiti nationality and not for the love of a Kuwaiti who married her, so in many cases, the wife requested divorce once she obtained Kuwaiti nationality. The main objective of Kuwaiti marriage for some is to obtain Kuwaiti nationality.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, July 18: As passengers contend with the end of issuance of residence stickers in their passports, airlines have reported a few incidents on their outgoing flights from Kuwait.

An official from a national South Asian carrier shared that a few passengers who had failed to present their Kuwait Civil ID card were unable to board their flights.

All passengers travelling this summer are therefore strongly advised to carry both their valid passport and Civil ID card for a hassle-free exit and entry.

The General Immigration Department of Kuwait, meanwhile, says it has not received any complaint from anyone saying that he/she was denied entry into any country because the passport of the traveler resident in country did not carry the residence permit stamped on the passport, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed sources.

The daily quoting the same sources said the method adopted by Kuwait of printing the personal data on the Civil ID of the holder will not change. In case if the names are more than two and there is no sufficient space to print the names of the Civil ID the person’s first and last name will suffice with the inclusion of the initials of the second and third name.

The sources pointed out the Civil ID carries the full name in Arabic and Latin and in case of loss of the ID the Kuwaiti mission must be contacted to enable the person to enter Kuwait.

The sources told the daily before the implementation of the decision to do away with the residence stickers on the passport, Kuwait had informed all the countries throughout the world through their embassies in Kuwait and the Directorates-General of Civil Aviation of the decision to cancel the residence stickers and include the information in the Civil ID of the holder.

The sources added, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DGCA of Kuwait also had informed all concerned authorities of these procedures adopted by Kuwait. On the other hand, the Public Authority for Civil Information Wednesday denied what has been published by a local newspaper that the Civil ID card was not accepted as a reference of residence permit by some European countries.

PACI added since the issuance of Ministerial Resolution No. 135/-2019 to cancel the residence stickers, there has been coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation to inform all countries that the Civil ID to be treated as residence permit reference.

The sources stressed this is the case in more than one country, including several Gulf states. Surprisingly, as published by ‘kuwaitlocal.com, June 30, 2019’, a resident said on June 14, 2019, he was returning to Kuwait Qatar Airways, from Los Angeles to Qatar and Qatar to Kuwait. He claimed he was held up at the Qatar Airways counter at the LA airport, because of his residence permit. He claimed his residence permit was recently renewed is valid up to May 7, 2020.

“So, as per the new Kuwait regulations everything was mentioned in the Civil ID. I showed them my Civil ID and told them that the details of my residence permit were mentioned therein.

The Qatar Airways counter screen displayed the Residence Permit page and not my Civil ID. They told me either I should have a letter from Kuwait mentioning that Residency Permit and Civil ID are the same to which I replied that the residence validity is mentioned in the Civil ID and so far it seemed mine was the first case in Los Angeles.

“They sent my passport and Civil ID for verification several times. I was saved because my old residence permit was valid till 1st July and it was stamped in the passport and luckily there was no cancellation stamp. So, miraculously I saved the day, and they allowed me to travel. Otherwise I had to cancel all the flight tickets and had to visit the Kuwait Consulate in LA and get a letter from them. This is just to share my experience. Looks like the Airport Authorities are not aware of the changes regarding Civil ID.

In the UAE on the Civil ID it is mentioned the ‘Resident Identity Card’, in Qatar it is mentioned ‘Residence Permit’; in Kuwait it says ‘Civil ID’ and unfortunately nowhere it is mentioned the word ‘resident’.

Source: Arab times

New initiative highlights steps for expats to obtain licenses


KUWAIT CITY, July 9: Department of Public Relations and Security Media in Ministry of Interior has launched a new initiative to clarify the rules for expatriates, and non-Kuwaiti and Bedoun husbands of Kuwaiti women to obtain driving licenses in accordance with the ministerial decision regulating this order issued on November 25, 2014, reports Al-Anba daily.

The department launched such an awareness initiative in order to limit the repeated questions on this matter and avoid responding to them over and over again.

As per ministerial decree No. 5598/2014, non-Kuwaiti applicants can obtain a private or public driving license provided that they have legally stayed in the country for at least two years, obtain a monthly salary not less than KD 600, and have a university degree. Resolution No. 3 specified the categories excluded from some of the conditions based on their social and functional circumstances.

According to the decision, the first category excluded from the conditions of residence, salary, and university certificate covers 13 segments. They are :- non- Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaiti men including widows and divorcees provided they have children, non-Kuwaiti men married to Kuwaiti women and have children, Bedoun residents with valid security cards, students provided they are registered at any of the universities or applied institutions in Kuwait, members of the diplomatic corps, professionals in sports federations, clubs and government sectors, drivers and representatives who hold valid legal driving licenses issued by their countries or any other country, domestic workers who have been working for a period of not less than five consecutive years in a similar capacity provided they change their profession to driver, technicians working in the oil fields, pilots and sea captains and their assistants, washers of the dead, nursing staff, physiotherapists and medical technicians, housewives, as well as sons and spouses of judges, counselors, prosecutors and experts, faculty members of universities and institutions, doctors, pharmacists, and general managers and their assistants.

The decision states that the second category exempted from residency and salary conditions but should be holders of university degrees include judges, prosecutors, consultants and experts, faculty members of universities and applied institutes, journalists and media professionals, doctors and pharmacists, researchers, judiciary men, translators, librarians, teachers, social workers and engineers, trainers working in sports federations and clubs in government agencies.

The last category is excluded from the residency condition but must have monthly salary of not less than KD 600 and should be holders of university degrees. This category includes general managers and assistants, directors, accountants, and finally representatives.

The licenses of drivers and representatives will be cancelled upon the cancellation of their residence permits, or if they change their profession based on which the driving license was issued.

The person will then not be eligible to apply for driving license for at least two years and the new procedures will apply.


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