Visa Crunch

Kuwait To Allow Renewal Of Work Permits 60 Plus Non-Graduate Expatriate Workers

The Minister of Justice, Minister of State for Integrity Enhancement, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Manpower, Counselor Jamal Al-Jalawi on January 26 announced to allow the renewal of work permits for expatriate workers who have reached the age of sixty years and above who hold a high school certificate or less and its equivalent certificates.

This category of expatriates stressed, this step is not alien to the Kuwait of humanity and pointed out many of them work in handicrafts, technical and mechanical workshops, in addition to industrial and other works, and it was not easy for them to leave the good land of Kuwait, where they have lived for many years.

A number of the 60-year-olds reiterated that they had lived most of their lives in Kuwait and contributed to its construction, stressing that the amendment of the decision was pleasing to hear because it gives them a sense of reassurance and stability.

The Director of the Public Relations Department, the official spokeswoman for the Public Authority for Manpower, Aseel Al-Mazeed, interacted with journalists’ questions about the date for implementing the new decision and its mechanism. She confirmed PAM will announce the date for receiving renewal requests and the mechanism to be followed in this regard.

Meanwhile, the sources said the decision will contribute to the stability of the labour market, benefit from the expertise of craftsmen and similar professions; improve Kuwait’s humanitarian image; many families will be reunited; give a boost to the national economy and serve a lot of small businesses and projects.

Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Integrity Affairs, Counselor Jamal Al-Jalawi, resolved the issue in just one week after transferring the affiliation of the Public Authority for Manpower to his ministerial portfolio on January 18; after the issue rode a bumpy ride during the tenure of four ministers.

During the meeting of the board of directors of the authority headed by Al- Jalawi, there was satisfaction among the members who voted on the decision in the new formula approved by the minister and announced a fee of 250 dinars for annual renewal in addition to health insurance.

Muhammad Al-Saqer, the head of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), has thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Khaled, who dealt patiently and generously with all the points of views raised, which came to be known as the “Sixty Resolution” which required revisions and procedures for its amendment.

Saqer also thanked Jamal Al-Jalawi, the Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Manpower for his keenness to resolve the issue quickly, in line with the interest of Kuwait and its economy, and in line with the justice and from a humanitarian point of view, especially since the job opportunities that were affected by the ‘sixty resolution’ are jobs that are not attractive national workforce at least for the time being.

He added the issue should serve as a lesson to be learned and unified efforts should be exerted to eliminate visa trade.

Al-Saqer pointed out that “the differences in jurisprudence on issues of reform and development are natural, and it is important that adjudication be always in the public interest and on the basis of the study, dialogue and participation.”

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