KUWAIT: All traffic departments in Kuwait’s six governorates are no longer authorized to renew driving licenses of holders of dependent visas (article 22), especially those issued after 2014. All such licenses should be sent to the interior ministry’s assistant undersecretary for traffic affairs, whose office will make sure that they were obtained according to the rules, which includes that the husband of the license holder meets all conditions, most importantly to be a general manager, assistant general manager, advisor or work in exempted professions that allows spouses to get a license. The source said all article 22 licenses issued with exemptions will be revoked by the assistant undersecretary’s office.
Source: Kuwait Times
KUWAIT: An informed source said an estimated 120,000 expats of both genders are in violation of the residency law in Kuwait. These include those who had valid residencies earlier and those who came to Kuwait on visit or work visas and violated the law. The source said security efforts are in progress to curb their numbers through inspection campaigns and other measures.
The source said the deportation department will not accept violators with expired article 18 residencies until three months have elapsed since their violations were entered in the interior ministry’s computer systems. As for article 20 residency holders (domestic helpers), the department will accept them days after they are reported missing, with the possibility that the sponsor can correct the helper’s situation. The source said the deportation department has deported 620 violators, including 18 women, in the past few days. He said the deportation department’s capacity is a maximum of 800 of both genders.
By A Saleh and Meshaal Al-Enezi
Source: Kuwait Times
KUWAIT CITY, April 28: The health sources have warned of the increase in ‘stealing’ medicines from the Ministry of Health and stressed on the need to take deterrent action in this regard, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The sources pointed out that the raid on one of the private pharmacy and a clinic is not the first of its kind where the inspectors found medicines sold in the clinic and the pharmacy belonged to the Ministry of Health. He added, the smuggling of medicines continues in defiance of the law.
The sources added that the smuggling of medicines of the Ministry of Health happens through the health centers and public hospitals which are sold by Asians in random markets or in private clinics.
The sources pointed out that the ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with a non-profit institution to start activating the system of accurate tracking of medicines and medical supplies by ‘barcodes indicating that this system tracks medicines and medical supplies accurately from the moment medicines and medical supplies leave the manufacturer company to stores and pharmacies, until they reach the patient.
Sources said this service is expected to be implemented within a year from now, at the latest, whether in Kuwait or even in the Gulf countries, stressing that it will make a quantum leap in terms of control of the disbursement of medicines, and legalization of use.
Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Food and Drug Control Dr Abdullah Al-Bader has announced the seizure of a pharmacy of a private clinic for selling medicines belonging to the ministry in violation of the law, regulations and ministerial decisions regulating the sale of medicines, reports Al-Rai daily.
Al-Bader said this happened after the committees of the Drug Inspection Department inspected one of the private medical clinics and the pharmacy and found large quantities of medicines belonging to the Ministry of Health and others not registered with the Ministry and allegedly smuggled from some neighboring and East Asian countries. He pointed out after the completion of the official investigation the case will be transferred to the Department of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Health.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, April 27: Director General of Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) Musaed Al-Asousi announced the launch of an online service that will allow expatriates to confirm and amend their names in English prior to the issuance of their Civil ID cards.
The service gives authority to the concerned employees of PACI to rectify spelling mistakes in the names of expatriates in English, which will expedite the process for the clients.
Al-Asousi revealed that discussions during a meeting held last week with Director General of Residency Affairs and Director General of Information Center at Ministry of Interior were concerning some technical issues related to cancellation of residency stickers on the passports of expatriates, and other related issues which are meant to avoid some data-entry mistakes and ease the procedure. He said the meeting agreed on installing electronic machine readers for passports at the immigration centers, especially since this service will reduce typing errors when it comes to names written in English.
Meanwhile, several expatriates who visited Farwaniya Residency Affairs Department said their suffering has increased when compared to the past despite the cancellation of the residency stickers on passports. They revealed that the congestion in this department has increased due to the less number of employees who are in charge of transactions related to residence permits.
They urged the concerned authorities to improve the conditions of this department in order to ease the procedures relating to residence permits and various types of visas, as well as seek assistance from the Capital Department which has less number of visitors. During an investigative interview, one of the visitors “Abu Jamal” expressed his frustration as it took him almost eight hours, starting from 6 am, to complete his transaction. He affirmed that the security and immigration officers are kind to the visitors, but the main problem is lack of sufficient number of officers to deal with the huge number of visitors, which results in piling up of transactions.
In addition, Umm Fathi said she had to return the next day because the immigration officer decided to deal only with residence permits that were to expire that day, adding that there was also lack of waiting areas for women, and insufficient seats for visitors. She indicated that the previous location of the residency department in Dhajeej area was better than the current location in Riggae.
Another visitor Hamid Subhi said the process of renewing residency has become more difficult than before, adding, “It is considered as a difficult day for an expatriate when he has to personally attend to such process”. He suggested having several locations where such transactions can be accomplished in order to reduce the suffering that expatriates endure especially in Farwaniya Governorate where the number of expatriates exceeds one million. As per official statistics issued by PACI as of December 2018, Farwaniya Governorate has 1,200,377 residents, comprising of 243,491 citizens and approximately 900,000 expatriates.
By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies
source: ARAB TIMES
KUWAIT CITY, April 22: The Governor of Mubarak Al-Kabir Mahmoud Bushehri has called on the concerned authorities to evict the bachelors from family residential areas stressing this phenomenon is unacceptable, especially after the increase of complaints from the people living in those areas, reports Al- Anba daily.
The governor stressed the complaints of the people deserve attention and said there is an urgent need to cooperate with citizens of the province to end the problem without delay. He stressed the readiness of the governorate to provide all aspects of support to all parties to take legal action against ‘singles’ and those who lease apartments for them.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, April 20: The Ministry of Interior has issued instructions to the directors of residence department in all the governorates of Kuwait not to issue visit or entry visas for Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis, Iranians and Pakistanis without the approval of the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Lt Gen Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah, reports Al-Anba daily.
The daily added, the visas can be issued only with the approval of the Minister of Interior. The same instructions apply to the Bangladeshi laborers who enter the country for the first time
Source: Arab Times