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MoI reinstates work permits for Egyptians in government sector

Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) General Administration of Residence Affairs convened a meeting with the Public Authority of Manpower (PAM), to discuss the resumption of work permits for Egyptian workers solely within the government sector and in line with Article 17 visa regulations.

Following the talks, officials from the ministry and PAM are understood to have finalized the drafting of the law, which will be submitted to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Acting Minister of Interior, Sheikh Fahd Al-Yousef, for approval and subsequent presentation to the upcoming National Assembly.

As per the revised law, the government entities approved to hire Egyptian workers  include the Ministries of Education, Health, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, as well as the Kuwait Municipality, for roles such as teachers, doctors, nurses, imams of mosques, washers of the dead, and grave diggers.

The proposed law entails stringent measures including substantial financial penalties and severe administrative actions against individuals found guilty of sheltering expatriates, and resulting in the registration of an absenteeism case being filed against them.

Meanwhile, issuing of visit visas for the so-called ‘prohibited nationalities’ have resumed, with exceptions made for Iranians citing security concerns and Afghans, who lack representation through an embassy in Kuwait.

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