Comprehensive Health Insurance, Affordable Fees To Renew Work Permits For ‘sixties’
The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman, during a briefing to the Council of Ministers on the latest developments of the issue of non-graduate expatriates who are 60 years and above and were barred from renewing their work permits said the Fatwa and Legislation Department of the Council of Ministers has ruled the Resolution “No. 520 of 2020” issued by Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) in August 2020 and implemented on January 1, 2021, illegal.
In this context, informed sources revealed to Al-Seyassah that the PAM board of directors will meet over the next few days to decide on canceling the decision issued by the Director of the authority.
The meeting will also decide on the comprehensive health insurance fee, in addition to raising the fees for renewing the work permit to what he called “a little more” than the normal renewal fee which a 60 years and above worker can afford.
The sources quoting the minister said the comprehensive health insurance would be a solution to this problem, noting that it will procedurally not allow the renewal of work permits for the ‘sixty’ segment according to the automated system. Before the meeting of the Board of Directors and its official approval, the authority may cancel the decision, after which the ‘system’ will be opened for renewal.