Commercial visit visas to work visas OK’d

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KUWAIT CITY, June 29: The Ministerial Committee for COVID-19 Emergency has approved the request of shop owners and commercial companies to allow them to convert commercial visit visas to the State of Kuwait into work permits without the need for the holders to leave the country and return with the new visas, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

This approval was specified in a letter sent to the Public Authority for Manpower by the Assistant Secretary General of the Administrative and Financial Affairs in the Cabinet Osama Al-Duaij. However, informed sources stressed that no decision has yet been issued by PAM to determine the mechanism for implementation of the decision, indicating that PAM is expected to issue a decision in this regard within the next few days.

They revealed that the previous mechanism required the employer to obtain a permit for employment from PAM if the employee was outside the country, and then the Ministry of Interior would be addressed to approve the issuance of the permit.

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