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12:00 AM, July 19, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 19, 2010

Kuwaiti visa

Currently, (probably for a year or so), the Kuwait government is not issuing any work permit or visa to any Bangladeshi national in any category. It is worthwhile to mention that the bilateral relation between Kuwait and Bangladesh was always good since the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. As far as I know, Bangladesh imports most of its petroleum from Kuwait. On the other hand, thousands of Bangladeshi nationals are working in Kuwait at the moment. Most of them are workers and labourers. They are playing a great role in the GDP of Kuwait. During the Gulf War back in late 80's and early 90's, Bangladeshi workers played a big role in the reconstruction of Kuwait. At that time all other foreign workers, except Bangladeshis escaped due to the war.
Recently, I was offered a faculty position at a private university in Kuwait. The university authorities had applied for my visa and they informed me that the immigration office denied issuing the visa just due to my being a 'Bangladeshi national'. Whatever may be the reason, it was very unfortunate for me and I consider myself unlucky.
Last week, I saw the news report in a local daily in Dhaka that Kuwait was going to recruit Bangladeshi workers along with doctors and engineers very soon. I hope things will be all right.

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