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‘Workers qualifications must match their job descriptions’ – E-system slashes visa trade

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 7: Director of the Capital Governorate Labor Department, at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), Fahad Al-Ajmi, says after the authority approved the classification of professions in all sectors according to the unified Gulf guide, technical labor will not be recruited from abroad if their qualifications do not match the professions they are recruited for, reports Al-Jarida daily.

Al-Ajmi said this is to ensure the highest productivity and work efficiency and that the administrative circular issued recently on the mechanism of issuing work permits for those recruited on commercial entry visa; the transfer will only be allowed on the same company in whose name the commercial visa was issued. He pointed out that one of the transfer requirements is to produce the worker’s police clearance certificate (PCC) status and a copy of the entry visa, if any, as well as the requirements of the profession.

He stressed the process of converting a commercial visit into a work visa in the private sector (Article 18) will be regarded as a new permit and not an internal transfer, and will be deducted from the estimate of the total need of expatriate workers for the company. Al-Ajmi indicated that all the procedures at the authority are currently completed through the automated service, and do not require the personal presence of the employer. He pointed out that there are some procedures related to other relevant government agencies that need to be reviewed, including opening a file for the first time due to the lack of data for the person concerned.

However, this automated expansion has succeeded, to a large extent, in eliminating the visa trade operations, in light of the accurate automated linkage and the decline of human intervention, and the recording of all procedures through the system. He added, PAM is keen to expand the use of the mechanization system, and to transform all procedures from paper form to automated system, through the extensive cooperation that took place between the authority and other relevant government agencies, especially the ministries of health, interior, trade, justice, the Public Authority for Civil Information, and others.

Al-Ajmi confirmed the authority has issued directives to bring in expatriate workers from abroad, in accordance with the administrative circular (18/2021) issued by the PAM Director. He said, “All companies wishing to obtain permits to bring in migrant workers from abroad must submit an application through the automated service (Ashal) and follow the steps including the approval of the vaccination certificate against the Corona virus from the Ministry of Health, provided that the vaccination is approved by the Kuwait Ministry of Health.

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