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Labour > Introduction


Introduction

India is one of the major skilled/semi-skilled manpower-exporting countries in the world. About 10 million Indians are working in various parts of the globe. Of this, an estimated 5 million Indian nationals are working on temporary contractual employment, more than 90% of whom are in the Gulf countries. As per the statistics released by the Government of the State of Kuwait, the size of the Indian community in Kuwait is around 920,000 in the beginning of 2018.

Labour Wing plays the role of a coordinator & facilitator by providing redressal to grievances of large number of Indian nationals residing in Kuwait..

Help Desk & Labour Complaints Desk:

(i) Provides guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal and other issues, etc. (Open from 8 AM to 1 PM and 1.30 PM to 4.00 PM, Sunday to Thursday).

ii) Indian domestic workers in distress are accommodated in shelter with all basic amenities while their grievances are being addressed.

Attestation of Work Contracts

As per the Emigration Rules of India, it is mandatory for all work contracts for recruitment of manpower from India, to be attested by the Embassy of India Kuwait. All sponsors in Kuwait who intend to recruit manpower from India are, therefore, required to follow the following procedures:

Private Sector Workers (Visa No. 18)

Firstly, work contracts, in prescribed format, are to be attested by the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait. Thereafter the contracts are to be submitted to the Embassy of India for attestation (Open from 8 AM to 12.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday). A set of documents including the prescribed format of work contract and other documentation may be obtained from the Embassy of India or downloaded from the Embassy website:
* Set of contract forms for recruitment of individual worker (Visa No. 18)
** Set of contract forms for bulk recruitment of workers (Visa No. 18)

o Time required for attestation: FIVE (5) working days from the date of submission of documents complete in all respects. In case documents submitted are incomplete, a communication regarding the shortcomings will be sent to the company concerned for needful rectification and resubmission.

Domestic Sector Workers (Visa No. 20)

Work contracts, in prescribed format, are to be submitted to the authorized outsourced agency located at 19th Floor Behbehani Building, Sharq, Kuwait City (Phone 2241 2882 and 2241 3883) (open from 0830 HRS to 1600 hrs Saturday to Thursday).

A set of documents, including the prescribed format of the employment contract, contact details of outsourced agency can also be obtained from the Embassy or downloaded from the Embassy’s website:

http://www.indembkwt.gov.in/pages/Visa_20_contract_domestic.pdf

ATTESTATION FEE SCHEDULE FOR ATTESTATION OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS


S. No

Category of Contracts

Attestation of Employment Contract (EMI)

Attestation of Demand Letter

Attestation of Authorization Letter

Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF)

Total

1. Domestic Sector (Article 20)

(a)

Contracts for Male Workers

KD 9.000 per contract

-

-

KD 1.000
per contract

KD 35.000 (includes Service charges of KD 25.000 )

2. Private Sector (Article 18)

(a)

Individual Contracts

KD 9.000

-

-

KD 1.000
for each work

KD 10.00

(b)

Bulk recruitment

KD 9.000 per contract

KD 3.250 per contract

KD 3.250 per letter

KD 1.000
for each worker

KD 15.500 [plus KD 1.000 (one Kuwaiti Dinar) per worker]

Please note: The above is the prescribed fees and there are no hidden charges in the above mentioned fee structure. If, more charges are being demanded for the attestation of Employment Contracts in addition to the mentioned above, please bring it to the notice of Labour Wing, Embassy of India, Kuwait.

e-Migrate system

A web-based attestation and clearance system known as e-Migrate, implemented by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. The e-Migrate system fully automates the operations of offices of Protector of Emigrants (PoE) and Protector General of Emigrants (PGE). Also all key stakeholders in the emigration lifecycle like Indian Missions, PGE, PoE, Employers, Recruiting Agents, Emigrants and Insurance Agencies are electronically linked on a common platform.

The system is transparent and the emigrant is protected as he/she is able to verify all documents on online, related to employer, and his/her prospective employment. The above system has been introduced in all ECR countries. As on date, over 40,000 Foreign Employees (FE) in Kuwait have registered in E-Migrate system.

Use of e-Migrate System by Foreign Employers

The system has been developed to allow FEs to apply on line for their Demand approval. However, to apply online, the FE needs to obtain user id and password by uploading the following details of the employer / company and thereafter submit the hard copies of the uploaded material ( with English translation) to the Embassy for Mission’s scrutiny and final approval.

  • i. Commercial license,
  • ii. Chamber of commerce license,
  • iii. Authorized signatory,
  • iv. Civil ID of the sponsor and
  • v. Duly filled in FE Letter (available on website) (http://www.emigrate.gov.in).
** (all with English translation)

On receiving the application of the FE:

  • a) The Labour section of the Embassy verifies the details.
  • b) The Embassy approves or rejects application for granting access to FE based on the scrutiny of the documents and verification of the application’s credentials,
  • c) If approved, the FE would be allowed to use e-Migrate system and would receive login credentials to access e-Migrate system further.
  • d) FE applies online for demand approval and attestation.
  • e) The entire process of approval will be through eMigrate system, and required details will be uploaded by the respective FE himself.
  • f) FE to submit demand details on eMigrate portal using its id and password.
  • g) If FE proposes that the recruitment for such demands will be done through some Recruiting Agents (RA), then,  FE to deposit requisite fee with this Embassy for attestation of the documents.
  • h) If FE proposes direct recruitment, then it is mandatory that the contract of the workers for ECR category to be attested by the Embassy.
  • i) eMigrate system automatically approves the Demands where recruitment is to be done through licensed RAs, if demand details satisfy the prescribed criteria such as Minimum Referral Wages (MRW) in the Embassy website.( presently MRW is under revision)
  • j) In other cases, Embassy officials scrutinize demand application and gives approval on the system.
(For further information please follow link : https://emigrate.gov.in/ext/help.action)

Important: Foreign Employers are advised not to share their login ID and password with outsiders/temporary employees (Mandoup) and Recruiting Agencies for its possible misuse.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE: For initial advices on legal issues, may contact the lawyers in the Panel of Lawyers here



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