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Kuwait to reject residency permits to expats struck with cancer, other illnesses

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The State of Kuwait is no longer offering a residency permit to expats suffering from cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and other non-infectious diseases.

The new law comes in an effort to reduce expat health costs, reported StepFeed.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health defined 22 illnesses that terminate eligibility for a permanent residency.

The Assistant Undersecretary for General Health Affairs, Majida al-Qattan, said that the law also “comes in line with a GCC council decision which dates back to 2001.”

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