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Kuwait to cancel over 10,000 work permits after Eid

27 April 2023

The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) in Kuwait has announced plans to cancel over 10,000 work permits that are registered with the authority and continue to remain invalid.

After verifying the validity of the data, the PAM has initiated legal procedures for work permit cancellation with the interior. The cancellation will begin after the Eid Al Fitr holiday, that is due to run from 21st April until 25th April.

This step has been taken based on Article 35 from the work permits procedures, which stipulate that the authority can cancel work permits automatically if the worker has been abroad for over six months, provided, they have an exemption from the General Department of Residency.

Further, the authority also plans to cancel work permits for Kuwait workers “for other reasons” from next month, including failure to provide real data, unaccredited education certificates and documents.

Decision to cancel the permits will be issued successively from time to time and as per the results of tests received from accredited professional societies.

About 2500 work permits will be cancelled this month, and the authority will not issue any fresh permits to people who had violated the law in the past.

Further, the authority will collaborate with the interior ministry to coordinate the issuance of residence permits. This implies that anyone with cancelled work permit will become an illegal resident.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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