Kuwait authorities on Sunday (March 15) issued hundreds of visas for Filipino domestic workers after the recruitment ban that lasted for more than a year.
According to officials, domestic labour offices issued the new visas to workers from the Philippines in preparation for the signing of contracts by the Philippine Embassy in the coming days, in coordination with the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Commerce, and the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM).
New Work Visas Issued for Domestic Helpers for Upcoming Contract Signing
The new instructions regarding the recruitment of workers will be circulated to the offices, as well as the signing of the tripartite contracts between the recruitment offices, new workers, and employers, the Arab Times Online reported.
In line with this, the Ministry of Interior and Commerce and PAM are expected to meet in the coming days to discuss the recruitment fees in light of the coronavirus crisis and the high cost of the new contracts.
On March 7, Kuwait and the Philippines have reached an agreement stating that the contract of domestic helpers should include end-of-service payment, which is based on a month’s salary. It added that the payment will be given prior to the worker’s departure, which should include a return-home ticket.
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