Inception date: 01 Apr 2013 | Removal date: 01 Apr 2014
Still in force

Labour market access

On 26 March 2013, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor of Kuwait announced that the transfer from business to work visas would only be allowed until 1 April 2013. This implies that work permit processing is suspended in all industries except for advisors, experts, researchers, university graduates and cases considered based on humanitarian grounds. 
The website of the Ministry of Social Affairs has not been updated in the last 5 years, but major newspapers and embassies confirm the news.
Update February 20, 2014:
Local media have reported that the ban is to be lifted on April 1, 2014.