Following concerns raised by the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation over the renewed increase in the issuance of entry visas under Article 20 (Domestic Labour) to Sierra Leone nationals to work as house maids in Kuwait. This has led to an influx of our nationals into Kuwait, thus creating serious problems and embarrassment for the Embassy and the government; the State of Kuwait through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior have taken a decision to stop the issuance of Entry Visas to Sierra Leoneans under Article 20 for Domestic labour of the State of Kuwait to work in Kuwait.
The General Department of Residency Affairs in the Ministry of Interior of the State of Kuwait has issued Circular No. 140 (2017) effective 23rd July 2017 to all Directorates of the various Residency Affairs about this decision.
In view of the above, a large number of Sierra Leonean House Maids offered employment in the State of Kuwait through Recruiting Agencies cannot be traced or reached at the moment though some of them are finding ways and means of escaping to come to the embassy for help to return home.
The Sierra Leone Embassy in Kuwait, in collaboration with the State of Kuwait Immigration Department is processing Emergency Travel Certificates for those that have gone through security checks to be taken to the deportation centre, where they will go through the due process before deportation by the Government of Kuwait. The Sierra Leone Embassy in Kuwait is currently soliciting the intervention of International Oganisation for Migration (IOM) to help repatriate those former House Maids who cannot afford to purchase air their tickets to return home.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation strongly appeals to all those engaged in the trafficking of fellow citizens to desist from such practice as it is punishable by law in many jurisdiction.
The general public is also advised to report any person or persons suspected to be involved in such practice to the nearest police station or local authority.
Meanwhile all those whose relatives have found themselves in this predicament in the State of Kuwait are advised to contact our Embassy in Kuwait at Al-Zahra- South Surra, or call: 25243246-25243234