IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Kuwait has increased the minimum salary required for foreign nationals to sponsor their family members.
What does the change mean? A foreign worker must earn at least 450 dinars (about US$1,485) per month to sponsor their spouse and children. Additionally, the salary must derive solely from the job for which the residency visa was issued.
BAL Analysis: The increase is aimed at limiting the number of foreigners in Kuwait, who make up about nearly 70 percent of the population. Employers should note that the policy will affect a greater number of foreign employees at the lower end of the salary scale.
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