20 Professions on new work visa to Kuwait face skill test

Failing practical test sponsor to pay for departure fare

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 1: As a continuation of the Smart Recruitment of Skilled Labor project, for which the Public Authority for Manpower has obtained approvals to include in the development plan and to implement it in cooperation with other relevant government agencies, responsible sources in the authority said the theoretical tests for professions for which expatriate workers are recruited will take place in the labor exporting countries in cooperation with the Kuwaiti embassies in these respective countries.

However, PAM stressing upon arrival in Kuwait the worker will have to appear for the practical test before he is eligible for a work permit. The sources indicated that more than 20 professions that are in high demand in the labor market have been identified but will slowly include other professions. The sources stated that the goal of the project is to ensure the recruitment of skilled labor that contributes to upgrading the labor market, in addition to preventing, as much as possible, the entry of the untrained marginal workers, who have actively contributed to the imbalance that affected the population structure in the country.

In case the worker fails the practical tests the sponsor will be obliged to pay the return fare to the point of departure. The sources added that the most prominent objectives of the project are the academic accreditation of professional tests, determining the success and failure rates on which the authority’s decision is based on whether or not to bring in the worker, with the development of an automated test system, as well as the modernization of professions and professional and standard descriptions according to the needs of the labor market, and the adoption of laws and decisions that guarantee compliance.

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