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PAM reactivates automated link in order to ‘nip in the bud’ visa trade

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‘Link serves as buffer between Kuwait and labor-exporting countries’

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 20: The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has reactivated the automated link – the link that was stopped following the outbreak of the corona pandemic – with the labor exporting countries the purpose of which is to nip in the bud visa trade, reports Al-Jarida daily. The daily said PAM is studying to improve the link from all aspects especially with countries which export a big percentage in laborers by activating the administrative circular (18/2021), for issuing entry visas and work permits. PAM added the authority had made great strides in completing the project, but the outbreak of the epidemic put a dent in the project midway.

The sources explained the automated link serves as a buffer between Kuwait and the labor-exporting countries particularly in the area of contracts and the job opportunities. The sources confirmed there are several benefits to completing the link, on top of which is confronting the phenomenon of the visa trade, by making sure that a company which recruits the worker is not just on paper and has been legally established and is not involved in legal problems or others. This is in addition to eliminating the illegal methods of recruitment that are harmful to the employee.

The link also prevents fictitious job opportunities, which often end up bringing labor and leaving them in the streets to fend for themselves and the latter end up becoming victims of visa trade and who are more often than not become violators of the residence and labor laws. After the issuance of the Administrative Circular No. 17/2021 on the mechanism for issuing work permits those recruited has the benefit of entering the country on a commercial visit visa which can then be converted to the Article 18 visa. On the issue of advertisements published by some social media sites offering for sale residence and entry visas in addition to residence transfer facilities for a fee, the sources said the concerned authorities monitor this activity 24/7 to control these criminal activities.

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