Renewal of work permits of non-graduate residents 60 years and above is to go ahead as planned, despite a ruling by the Court of Appeal last week that canceled the administrative decision (27/2021) issued by the Public Authority of Manpower (PAM).

The court ruling had implicitly canceled decision (34/2022), which had introduced an amendment to the text of Article (37) of the regulations facilitating the issuance of work permits for the ‘Sixties’. For its part, PAM stressed that while it respects all judicial rulings, especially those that are enforceable, the authority had as of date not received the merits of the court ruling, and that upon receiving the same it would study the ruling and take the necessary legal measures, and respond to it in coordination with Fatwa and Legislation Department.

In the meantime PAM said it would continue to renew work permits in accordance with the controls and requirements set forth in the new decision No (156/2022), which has been published in the Official Gazette.

Commenting on the court ruling PAM stated that Article (37) of the new regulation includes the same conditions set forth in Resolution (34/2022), which must be met to renew work permits for the above mentioned categories — KD250 annual residence renewal and an irrevocable comprehensive health insurance policy issued by one of the qualified companies approved by the Insurance Regulatory Unit. The authority added that there is only one amendment to the renewal procedures, namely that it is not mandatory for the insurance companies to be listed on the stock market to enable them to issue the insurance documents.

PAM pointed out that the court ruling was issued against the old regulation that the authority had canceled, and noted that it had issued a new regulation (No.156/2022) on 13 March that canceled in its second article the decisions (552/2018) and (27/2021), and all decisions and circulars that contravene its provisions.

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