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Three-year work permits open to special medical professions

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has allowed granting three years work permit to certain specialized medical professions like Physicians, X-Ray and Lab Technicians, irrespective of the validity period of their commercial licenses of their hospitals or medical centres.

The Director of Automation System at the Ministry, Abdulhakeen Al-Sha’ban, speaking about the decision mentioned that such a decision has been taken following intensive meetings between Health and Interior Ministries.

The issuance of work permit is normally linked to validity period of commercial licenses, although expatriate staffs in the medical field have been exempted from this condition.

However, Al-Sha'ban confirmed that for procedures to obtain fresh work permit, or transferring from one sponsor to another, or for professions such as driving in the public and private sectors, there is need for prior approval of General Traffic Department before the granting of the permit.

Further, there is no ban on transactions involving few Arab nationalities, and the Ministry has not suspended work permits for specific nationalities, he said.

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