The government has confirmed that there has been no ban on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait in various categories but a temporary restriction is imposed on Visa20 category, better known as Khadim visa.
"This is wrong reporting based on partial information published in foreign media," State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, who is now in Kuwait on an official visit, told UNB over phone on Tuesday citing media reports.
He said a section of people violated the rules of Visa20 category and brought more than one person for single family.
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File photo of State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam | Dhaka Tribune
For this reason, the visa for this particular category will remain restricted until further notice, he said.
"But visa for other categories remains open for Bangladeshi," the state minister added.
Shahriar said the government is sincerely working to stop irregular migration. "We will help Kuwait government in this regard."
"We requested Kuwait government to issue family visa for people who are working for long time. They told us they will actively consider that," he said.
He said he talked to Bangladesh community in Kuwait on Monday and gave necessary directives to work together to stop irregular migration.
He said there is no restriction for the most widely used Visa18 (company visa and labour) and Visa17 (government offices) categories.
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Meanwhile, the state minister held separate meetings with Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Sulaiman Al-Jarallah and Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industries Chairman Ali Mohammed Thunayan Al-Ghanim.
They discussed various issues of mutual interest.
Kuwait started hiring Bangladeshi workers in 1976 and until 2007 around 480,000 workers were recruited, according to data available.
However, the Gulf state stopped recruiting Bangladeshi workers in 2007 after its authorities had detected irregularities in their recruitment process and involvement in illegal activities.
In 2014, Kuwait decided to lift the ban and allow Bangladeshis again to work in the Gulf country.