No more residency renewal after 60 years of age

Sunday, February 16, 2020

In an effort to reduce the number of marginal workers in the country, and in line with consistent calls to fix the demographic imbalance, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has decided to stop the renewal of article-18 work permits for low-cadre expatriate employees of the private sector who are above the age of 60 years.

According to local Arabic daily report, those holding high educational degrees will not be affected by the decision. This includes doctors, engineers, journalists, legal consultants, specialists, executive directors, private company partners, and many others who specialize in various fields.

They will be exempted based on their effects in the labor market. The workers considered to be affected by this decision will be mainly clerical staff, drivers, and mandoubs (company representatives), under the belief that those who are younger than 60 years will be more active.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Dear all, I think age has got nothing to do and should not be the reason for non-renewal of residence ( Hakama) as long as you are fit to do the job you are hired for. I think the companies hiring should be the ones to decide if they need him or not. After all, no company would like to pay a salary to an unfit person.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Good decision
Youth doesn''t get opportunities to show their skills when the elders are around.
Advantage for companies who are not paying salaries for months.
If this rule is implemented most of them who comes in 60 yrs and more category will loose their benefits. No pending salaries and no indemnities for sure. Company has a reason to declare that we are helpless as we cannot renew your residency so please leave...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Why the age of 60 is end...They should have physical and mental test every year for all ages to check if all working fine. may be any person at the age of 80 may work better than someone age of 40.

Jai Hind
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Please understand that the demographic population of this country (locals vs expats) is not balanced. Expats 70% and locals 30%. Tell me a country across the world where foreigners are more than local citizens (except our middle east countries) and which country gives citizenship to foreigners when foreigners are more than locals/citizens? Think logically. Also, Gulf countries are tax free countries where we remit our savings home unlike western countries where you are taxed and you get benefits. I personally think, people should immigrate if they looking at better benefits or alternate passport. If not, we all should plan our retirement. Assuming for someone who has arrived here in Kuwait at the age of 30 and lived here in Kuwait for 30 years (be whatever salary), has saved and remitted home enough money to India as compared to an Indian who has worked in India at the same profile. No one can deny this. When we remit, we help our family in more than 1 way, build homes, try to get the best education to our kids, make other investments and so on. A lot of people miss one thing here i.e. while remitting money home over this 25-30 years and investing in your kids education, build a big house, etc. we dont save much for our ownselves. That''s why at the age of 60 or 65 or 70 in Kuwait the same person feels vulnerable when Kuwait announces such rule. So do invest in your kids, make a good house but then save for yourself coz there is another life after 60 and there is no guarantee that kids will look after us (have no expectation).

Hytham Misri
Sunday, February 16, 2020
To all my Indian brothers, Be mature & please do not fight like babies. First of all this news is not true.
Read Kuwait times which state
No regulation or ministry decree has been issued banning expats aged over 60 from renewing their article 18 residency visas, head of public relations and the official spokesperson of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Aseel Al-Mezyad told Kuwait Times yesterday.
Also if someone''s rizk is written here, he will stay till then.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
better this rule ,half Kuwait empty.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
What yaaaar! I am 72 now. Will they renew my aqama? I need citizenship. Any way I can get it? I dont want to go back to Chennai.

Jaffer Bhai Obri
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Dear IIK : I am 61 year old bohra shopkeeper . Will they renew my Iqama or not ? Pls clarify.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
@Liyakat Kala
if want citzensip, go bak to pakstan youcunt!

Sunday, February 16, 2020
@Liyakat :everyone is here to earn their own livelihood .Those old
generation which you are talking about also didn''t do any charity or put their lives to risk .They got paid well if they worked .The actual hardworking laborers etc who are underpaid are to be felt sorry for.

Suresh Kumar
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Welcome step. People over 60 should take rest. Better to reduce it to 58. And make it for all.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
@liyakat kala......this is an expat country..not a dharamsala or charity house. they have there own population to take care of and their only source of income is Oil which is going to finish sooner or later. so the guys over 60 should go back home and enjoy their retirement with their hard earned money. every country rules are citizenship here.. so make way for younger generation. plus this law is not for well educated degree holders....only for marginal and clerical it properly before making your muh kala

Liyakat Kala
Saturday, February 15, 2020
@Expat, Assar & SB :
Many of older generation man & women had spent their life in building this country. It is because of their hard work & sufferings you guys are enjoying.
In civilized countries they will honor the seniors & will grant them citizenship.

Saturday, February 15, 2020
very good decision..

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Very encouraging news. True - Kuwait needs younger people. Apply this law to those holding high educational degrees too.

Saturday, February 15, 2020
good decision.

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