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PAM hikes cancellations; ‘Sanitation’ chases illegals

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 30, (Agencies): According to official figures issued by the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), the number of cancelled work permits of expatriates increased by 44 percent within just three working days (72 hours) from January 25 to January 27, reports Al-Rai daily. The number of work permits cancelled on January 27 increased to 5,215, compared to 3,627 work permits cancelled on January 24, thus the increase in cancellation of work permits was 1,588 in three days.

According to the figures, this indicates a new acceleration in the cancellation of work permits for expatriates. The reasons for the cancellation are focused on four main aspects – cancellation of work permit for the expatriate’s final exit from the country, cancellation of work permit due to expiry of residency for expatriates outside the country, revocation of the work permit due to the expatriate’s death, and transfer of the work permit to family visa.

The number of work permits cancelled due to expatriate’s final exit from the country increased by 30 percent during the last three days, as the number on January 27 reached 2,415 compared to 1,859 work permits cancelled for the same reason on January 24. The number of work permits cancelled due to the death of the worker increased by 49 percent, reaching 342 work permits cancelled on January 27, compared to 230 work permits cancelled on Jan 24.

Meanwhile, the Tripartite Committee tasked to track down expatriates who violated the Residency and Labor laws, in cooperation with the Sanitation and Road Works Department at the Kuwait Municipality branch in Farwaniya Governorate, on Wednesday carried out an intensive inspection campaign in Farwaniya and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. The United Arab Emirates on Saturday announced plans to grant some foreigners citizenship to this oilrich nation home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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