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60 years and above who left Kuwait at loss

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The ban on renewal of work permits continues till law is passed

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: The Public Authority for Manpower has not issued any new instructions regarding work permits for non graduate expats who are 60 and above. A meeting between the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Manpower will be held this week. The main discussion during the meeting will be on the cancellation of the decision laid by Director General, Ahmed Al-Mousa for non renewing of residence permit for this category.

The sources stated that it will not be allowed to renew work permits for those above 60 yrs old as the PAM’s automated system will not accept renewals before the meeting of the Board of Directors is held and it is officially approved to cancel the decision, after which the “system” will be opened for renewal of work permits.

Those people who are 60 years and above and left the country and whose residence permits have expired are not entitled to benefit from the amendment to the 60s decision if it is amended, reports Al-Qabas daily. This was stated after the Fatwa and Legislation Department of the Council of Ministers ruled the decision issued by the Director-General of the Public Authority for Manpower not competent to issue the decision – the decision not to renew the work permits of non-graduate expatriates who are sixty years and above.

After 9 months of its implementation and thousands of affected have left the labor market and the Fatwa and Legislation Department dropped a bombshell saying the government made a grave mistake when issuing its decision to ban work permits for expatriates over the age of 60, which came into effect on Jan 1, 2020.

The head of the Fatwa and Legislation Department, Counselor Salah Al-Masad, said in response to a request for legal opinion submitted by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman said the decision is not legally sound. The source said that a distinction must be made between those in the country who are over 60 years old and above whose residence can be renewed whenever the door opens for renewal.

The old Mubarakiya market, on hearing the annulment of the decision which was issued by the Public Authority for Manpower not to renew the residence permit of those 60 years and above exploded in joy because the earlier decision would have meant leaving the country they loved, reports Al-Rai daily Lawyers told the daily, the consequences and effects of the decision and asked who will bear the responsibility for compensating those who have been affected.

The joy that prevailed among the workers at the Mubarakiya market cannot be expressed in words as some shed tears of joy because for them it was like a new birth in the country of goodness. Al-Hajj Mustafa Muhammad, who has been working in Kuwait for 40 years, told Al-Rai lensman, “We thank Kuwait for canceling the decision. We expected it to be issued because it does justice to the workers. Kuwait is a country known for its generosity and humanity.”

He added, “I was overjoyed today when I heard the cancellation of the decision, which was like a balm on the wound, and I thank everyone who exerted efforts to cancel the decision.” For his part, Haj Boukassem, who is 75 years old, said, “I am very happy at the cancellation of the decision, which was a stumbling block in front of our dreams and our livelihood. We did not expect such decisions to continue in a country like Kuwait, so everyone is reassured that the decision is cancelled.”

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