The Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman is scheduled to present a briefing to the Cabinet on the latest developments regarding the barring of renewal of work permits for those above the age of 60 years and hold secondary certificates or less, based on the opinion of the Fatwa and Legislation Department, which concluded that resolution No. 520/2020 issued in August 2020 and its implementation as of January 1, 2021 is illegal, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
In this context, informed sources explained that the board of directors of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) will hold a meeting in the next few days to decide on canceling the decision issued by the director of the authority, and setting less difficult conditions that these workers can implement. The most prominent among the new conditions proposed are the worker has to obtain comprehensive health insurance, and the fees for renewing the work permit will be increased a little more than normal such that it is an amount that any worker can pay. The goal of the first decision was to reduce pressure on hospitals and health cadres in treating these workers.
However, comprehensive health insurance would be a solution to this problem. It would not procedurally allow the renewal of work permits for the “60-year” segment according to the automated system. Prior to the meeting of the Board of Directors and its official approval, the authority may cancel the decision, and afterwards, the system will be opened for renewal./KT