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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 27: In a new development that predicts a breakthrough in ‘60s file’ the Fatwa and Legislation Department of the Council of Ministers is said to have confirmed the legality of the decision of the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) to impose a 500 dinars fee to renew the work permits of non-graduate expatriates who are 60 years and above for approximately 1,000 dinars — 500 dinars renewal fee and 500 dinars private health insurance, reports Al-Rai daily.
However, the Fatwa Department said the modalities on the insurance policy which is expected to be between 500 dinars and 550 dinars are being worked out. Nonetheless, the sources indicated the Fatwa authority has responded orally to the inquiry that it received in this regard recently, pending an official decision to this effect, indicating that the opinion that the authority concluded was based on the fact that the work permit renewal fee is actually applied, and the new development in the PAM decision is increasing this fee to 500 dinars and not ‘introducing it’.
The sources indicated that the Fatwa decision is expected to also include its opinion regarding the exclusion of some communities and groups from paying the work permit renewal fees, in an effort to prevent legal hurdles that may affect the decision. Meanwhile, the sources added that there is an open discussion between insurance companies and Ministry of Commerce and Industry officials regarding the value of the private insurance policy, indicating there is a close agreement between local companies to issue the policy for between 500 and 550 dinars per year.