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Labor, computer staff still instructionless, yet to gear
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 10: Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Board of Directors, Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman will call a meeting this week of the PAM Board of Directors to discuss the cancellation of the decision of the PAM Director-General, Ahmed Al-Mousa, not to renew the work permits of non-graduate expatriates who are 60 years and above, reports Al-Rai daily. According to sources, Al-Salman’s move in this direction comes after the Fatwa and Legislation Department of the Council of Ministers, has concluded that the decision (No. 520 of 2020), which was issued in August 2020 and implemented as of January 1, 2021, is illegal.
Meanwhile, the Al-Qabas daily quoting an official at the Public Authority for Manpower denied what is being circulated in the social media platforms that the automated systems window to renew work permits for non-graduate expatriates 60 years and above has been opened.
The official told the daily, the order to stop the renewal for this category of residents is still in place, as neither the labor departments nor the computer section have received any new instructions about opening the system and programming it to accept renewal requests. The daily said the Resolution No. 520 of 2020 issued on 16 last August still holds water. The source pointed out the labor departments Thursday witnessed an increase in the ‘activity’ from those 60 years and above wishing to renew their work permits. The source added, should PAM receive any instructions, the same will be made officially public.
The Al-Jarida daily quoting Residence Affairs Department of the Ministry of Interior said instructions have been given not to listen to the grievances of any individual who has reached the age of 60 and has left the country for good following the issuance of the decision by PAM not to renew the residence permits of those 60 years and above nongraduate expatriates. The daily quoting Interior Ministry sources said, these people can however enter the country on a new visa. The sources revealed about 5,000 expatriates have been granted temporary residencies to adjust their status, since the time the decision was issued, indicating that these expatriates can renew their work permits when the residence renewal window opens