Kuwait Won’t Give Residency Permits to Expats with Diabetes, High BP

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The law seeks to ensure that incoming expats are fit to work.

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KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait is no longer offering a residency permit to expatriates who suffer from cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and several other non-infectious diseases.

The new law comes in an effort to reduce expat health costs, reports stepfeed.com quoting the the Arabic daily Al Watan.

The Kuwait’s Ministry of Health is said to have released a list of 22 disorders that make people ineligible to apply for permanent residence status in the country.

Other illnesses mentioned on the list include kidney failure, renal failure, vision problems and a host of others.

Majida Al Qattan, assistant undersecretary for general health affairs at the Ministry of Health, said that the law also “comes in line with a GCC council decision which dates back to 2001”.

The law seeks to ensure that incoming expats are fit to work, added Qattan.

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