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In Kuwait, a recent agreement between the Interior Ministry and the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) signals the resumption of Egyptian work permit issuance, particularly focusing on government sector positions under the Article 17 visa. Gulf News reports that this move will facilitate recruitment for essential roles within various government bodies, including ministries of Education, Health, Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Kuwait Municipality, with a focus on professions such as doctors, teachers, nurses, and Imams.

However, it’s been clarified that the relaxation of visit visa restrictions will not extend to Iranian nationals due to security concerns, nor to Afghan nationals due to the absence of an Afghan diplomatic mission in Kuwait.

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Furthermore, PAM has prepared a draft law to tackle the issue of expatriates involved in absconding cases. Pending approval from Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Acting Minister of Interior Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Al Sabah, the proposed legislation will be presented to the National Assembly. This law proposes strict penalties, including significant fines and administrative sanctions, for individuals found harboring expatriates involved in absconding incidents.

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