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Thursday , October 22 2020

Kuwait exempts 10,000 Palestinians from two residency transfer decisions

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 31: While the decision to prevent the transfer of family residency entered into force after it was published in the official gazette on Sunday, expatriates in Kuwait are in a state of anticipation for the exceptions from the decision to stop granting residency  from next year to non-university degree holders who are 60 years of age and above, reports Al-Qabas daily.

According to informed sources, there are about 10,000 Palestinians benefiting from the exceptions in the two decisions that prohibit transfer of visa from the public sector to private sector and prohibit conversion of family residency to work visa.

Preventing the transfer of family residency to work visa also includes wives and daughters, not just sons, except for the categories that have been announced in the decision.

The details are as follows:

Following the implementation of the decision to prevent the transfer of family residency to work visa of article 18 from Sunday after the Public Authority for Manpower announced it in the latest edition of the official gazette, expatriates in Kuwait are awaiting exceptions to the decision to delay for those who exceed 60 years of age and do not hold any university degree until the beginning of next year to renew a work permit for one year only, and then leave the country.

In another context, a group of unions and business owners appealed to His Highness the Prime Minister to intervene in stopping the decision to prevent renewal of residency for those over 60 years of age and do not hold a university degree, given that many of them are owners of business and commercial activities, and have Kuwaiti partners, in addition to having experiences that can be used for training and supervising the young generation.

According to informed sources, there is talk about a set of controls and exceptions for those over 60 years of age and do not hold a university degree. They are expected to be announced before the decision comes into effect. It may include permitting members of this category who have families inside the country to be granted transfer to join family provided they do not work.

Regarding the decisions to exempt from prohibiting transfer of residency from the public sector to the private sector or from family residency to work visa, the number of beneficiaries included about 10,000 Palestinians residing in the country who hold Palestinian nationality and corresponding passports for refugees issued from Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, as well as the Palestinian Authority’s passport.

The sources affirmed that the Public Authority for Manpower and the Ministry of Interior deal with this group of residents based on a special mechanism. The file of the person concerned with the transfer is studied through labor departments, and if the exception applies to them, the transfer process takes place.

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