Based on the approval given by the Supreme Ministerial Committee for Corona Emergencies in the Council of Ministers, to grant new work permits and commercial entry visas for all activities related to food security including producers, manufacturers and suppliers, “Al-Jarida” has learned that the labor departments of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) have started entertaining visits from business owners who wish to recruit labor from abroad through commercial entry visas after the Council of Ministers issued a circular and set up the mechanism for the issuance of work permits.

According to PAM sources business owners who visit the labor departments — whose company files are registered with the authority — to complete their transactions, will be granted permits after completion of procedures following which decisions will be issued to regulate recruitment mechanisms.

The sources said the labor departments are entrusted with issuing permits directly, without the need for the approval of the ‘Corona Emergency Committee’ — a step that will facilitate business owners, especially since this service is currently not available through the authority’s automated system.

The six activities approved by the Ministerial Committee are farm labor, restaurants, food supplies and bakeries, hunting and selling fish, livestock and poultry breeders, dairy producers, factories and food suppliers and their shopping centers, and water and beverage bottling companies.

The sources expect to add new activities soon, especially the factories, to fill the severe shortage of workers, which the market is currently suffering from.

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