Kuwait Lifts Visa Ban on Filipino Workers

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 25 June 2024
Kuwait Lifts Visa Ban on Filipino Workers

Kuwait has ended a year-long ban on issuing entry and work visas to Filipino nationals and has reopened recruitment of Filipino domestic workers with previous overseas experience.

Announcement by Kuwait's Ministry of Interior

The decision was announced by Kuwait's Ministry of Interior, marking a significant development in bilateral relations between Kuwait and the Philippines.

Kuwait Lifts Visa Ban on Filipino Workers

Bilateral Meeting Results in Agreement

The decision follows a recent bilateral meeting between Kuwaiti and Philippine officials at Seif Palace. The meeting was chaired by Sheikh Fahad Yousef Saud Al-Sabah, highlighting Kuwait's commitment to resolving labor-related issues.

Establishment of Joint Committee

During the meeting, both sides agreed to establish a joint technical working committee. This committee will convene regularly to address employment matters and other mutual concerns, reinforcing commitments made under the 2018 Domestic Workers Employment Agreement.

Background on the Ban

Kuwait halted new visas for Philippine nationals on May 10 last year following tensions over the murder of domestic worker Jullebee Ranara. Her burned body was discovered in the Kuwaiti desert in January 2023, prompting Manila to cease sending new workers to Kuwait.

Previously, in 2020, the Philippines reinstated a ban on its citizens working in Kuwait after another Filipina was allegedly killed by her employer. This echoed a 2018 conflict between the two nations, triggered by the discovery of a murdered Filipina maid's body in her employer's freezer.

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