Kuwait is looking to impose a new cap on hiring foreigners based on their age, as part of a an official drive to address the demographic imbalance in the country as Kuwaiti nationals represent only 30 per cent of the total population. Under the proposal, the age limit for recruiting foreigners will be reduced from 65 to 60 and no contract for any expatriate who turns 60 will be renewed. A limited number of positions that require particularly high skills would be exempted from the new rules. Other measures being considered by the Interior, Social affairs, Labour and Trade Ministries include confining family visit visas to spouses and children and limiting them to one month without the possibility of renewal. Currently, family visit visas cover expatriates’ relatives, including their parents, and can be extended. The Ministry of Interior is also considering reducing the number of work permits to members of some large communities, and limiting them to government contracts and technical specialities. Increasing recruitment fees and health insurance and requiring expatriates to undergo medical check-ups before entering Kuwait are other options being considered.