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Kuwait stops issuing driving licences to expat students and nurses

The decision will not apply to students and nurses who already have licences

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Kuwait’s Public Works minister to terminate all expat employees – report

While 150 expats have been fired, another 400 are expected to receive termination letters, local media reported

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Kuwait’s National Assembly panel passes law to reduce expat numbers

The draft law gives the government six months to determine the number of expats needed by the country

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Saudi extends validity of expired residency visas for expats stuck aboard

The decision comes since international passenger flights to and from the kingdom remain suspended

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Kuwait unlikely to extend visas beyond Aug 31, to stop issuing work permits for certain expats aged over 60

Expatriates whose visas expired by the end of May were given a three-month free grace period to renew their documents

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UAE residents flying back to Dubai still require GDRFA approval

A directive that went into effect on Wednesday had said all expats with UAE residency visas can enter the country without prior approvals

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Kuwait mulling plan that could see 360,000 expats deported in the ‘short-term’

The Gulf state is aggressively looking to reduce its expat population

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Kuwaiti MPs reject draft law allowing private sector firms to cut salaries by up to 50%

Kuwaiti lawmakers have approved amendments to the rent law, allowing tenants to delay their rent payments

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Pilgrims selected to perform Hajj this year begin arriving in Jeddah

Only about 1,000 pilgrims – all from inside Saudi Arabia – have been permitted to perform Hajj this year

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Kuwaiti MP proposes move to stop issuing residency permits for expats aged over 60

The proposal also seeks to deport “all expats undergoing treatment at psychiatric hospitals”

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Kuwait’s National Assembly approves expat quota bill – report

If approved, the law would require some 800,000 Indians to leave the country

Update: No NOCs will be issued to UAE residents in India to facilitate return

All residents seeking to return to the UAE must receive approvals from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship

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UAE says all returning residents from abroad require Covid-negative test results

Those who are unable to present a Covid negative test within 72 hours of departure will not be allowed to board their flight

UAE reveals process for expired visa holders to leave country without paying fines

All related fines for visa violators will be waived if they leave before August 18

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Kuwaiti MPs mull banning recruitment of ‘new expats’, imposing quotas

Lawmakers are also calling for limiting the duration of residence for foreign workers in the country

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Kuwait begins phased plan to reopen economy, over a million expats remain in lockdown

Mosques across the country are expected to reopen later this week

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Kuwait’s Municipality to dismiss all expats, freeze the hiring of foreign nationals

The expat roles will be replaced by Kuwaiti nationals and by boosting the use of automation and technology

Dubai family businesses seek VAT cut and government help to repatriate expat workers

Representatives of family businesses met with Dubai government officials last month

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Amnesty ends in Kuwait, 30,000 undocumented expats avail scheme – report

The initiative, which was in place from April 1-30, permitted residency violators to leave the country without paying any fines

UAE issues decree to regulate private sector job cuts, salary reductions during Covid-19

The provisions of the new resolution are only applicable to expatriate employees

New family sponsorship law for expats in the UAE takes effect

Expats – both men and women – can sponsor their family members if they earn a monthly salary of Dhs4,000 or Dhs3,000 plus accommodation

Apartments in Kuwait lie ‘vacant’ as expats leave the country – report

A total of 102,280 residency visas held by expats were cancelled between 2015 and 2018

Saudi officially launches ‘green card’ residency scheme for expats

The Saudi cabinet approved the scheme last month, but the online portal to apply was only opened to the public on Sunday

UAE unveils ‘golden card’ permanent residency scheme for expats

The move will see permanent residency granted to “exceptional” professionals

Saudi’s new permanent residency permit fee to exceed $200,000 – report

Last week, the Saudi cabinet approved the special residency scheme aimed at attracting wealthy and high-skilled expats

Saudi cabinet approves ‘green-card’-style residency scheme for foreign expats

The new scheme was approved by the Shoura Council earlier this month

Kuwait plans to pass first ‘pro-expat’ law in nine years – report

The new legislation seeks to increase the annual leave allowance and hike monthly salaries for expats in the private sector

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UAE Cabinet approves long-term visas for certain expats, lists conditions

Long term visas will be granted to investors, entrepreneurs, specialists in the medical, scientific, research and technical fields and outstanding students

Kuwait MP calls for foreign workers to be charged “for the air they breathe”

Safa Al-Hashem is among a group of MPs calling for the country’s foreign population to be reduced

Saudi denies social media ‘rumours’ about expat fees

Expat fees introduced this year will continue to increase until 2020, clarifies ministry