With most of the countries that used to send domestic workers to Kuwait suspending the dispatch of their nationals for various reasons, most notable among the reasons were some of the crimes that were committed against their nationals , a glimmer of hope has appeared on the horizon that will allow the process of recruiting domestic workers soon, Arabic daily Al Rai reported.
Several countries are anxiously looking towards the Philippines to determine their own positions on allowing domestic helpers to return to Kuwait. Informed sources explained to Al-Rai that many countries were waiting for the situation between Kuwait and the Philippines to take advantage of any recognition of additional labor rights that would enable them to benefit from them, and that they were waiting to see the return of the Filipino workers until they worked to conclude similar agreements with Kuwait.
Although some announced that domestic workers would arrive from the Philippines within two weeks, after the Philippine Minister of Labor lifted the ban on sending them to Kuwait, sources indicated that the mechanism for bringing in a domestic worker from the Philippines would take 45 to 60 days.
The source pointed out that representatives of employment offices in the Philippines would have to search and identify women who would want to work in Kuwait, and then conduct a medical examination for them, obtain passports, and train them at the teaching school.
It is only after they enrol that their details could be sent to the Kuwaiti employment offices so that employers can choose who they want and issue a visa for them, and this process might even take longer in light of the continuing general closure in the Philippines due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It is noteworthy that there are a number of African and Asian countries waiting for the closed skies to open due to the Coronavirus pandemic, to conclude agreements with Kuwait regarding the dispatch of its workers as well.