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Expatriate engineers face uncertain future due to professional conditions
March 17, 2018, 2:34 pm

Engineers especially expatriates who work in the engineering sector may face a tough time in the future in obtaining approval to practice their professions due to the possibility of further problems and complicated conditions.

This will particularly affect holders of engineering qualifications from universities that are not accredited by Ministry of Higher Education and not included in Kuwait Engineers Society’s list of accredited universities.

The fate of tens of people who have been working in the engineering sector, some for over 15 years, is unknown, particularly holders of various diplomas and certificates from little-known institutions.

This news, which sent shockwaves, follows a decision issued by Public Authority for Manpower last month, as per which no work permit will be issued to engineering practitioners except after they present a to-whom-it may- concern letter issued by Kuwait Engineers Society.

Officials of Public Authority for Manpower explained that the decision is not new as it has been in effect for a long time. However, it was circulated for further scrutiny and audit of the certificates by attaching a letter issued by Kuwait Engineers Society to it. The letter from the society is a prerequisite for the approval of engineers to get work permits.

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