Within six months of the law being enacted, a decision will be made on the maximum number of ex-pats allowed in Kuwait, by comparing the number of foreign workers compared to the local population. The bill will exempt 10 different categories of workers from the quota system, including domestic helpers, medical staff, educators, and GCC nationals, the paper said.
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Authorities have been working on various plans to reduce the number of expats in the country. Last week, Kuwait announced it would stop issuing work permits for expats aged over 60 without a university degree, and will not extend any residencies and visas beyond August 31.
The new rules were perceived as part of a government plan to cut the overall number of ex-pats in the country by as much as 360,000 workers. According to this plan, 150,000 of these will be ex-pats aged over 60.
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