RULES CONCERNING THE RESIDENCE PERMIT
those working in Kuwait with work permits issued from
the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor must have residence
permits in accordance with this law.
foreigners entering Kuwait from the official ports should
have valid legal passports issued by the appropriate
authorities in their countries, and they should have
an entry visa to present it, with their passports, to
the immigration officer. If the foreigner entering Kuwait
does not hold a passport, he faces imprisonment up to
six months, or both penalties.
law states that the foreigner who gets a child through
legal marriage must register him within sixty days from
birth, and process a residence permit for him through
a certain procedure, and then apply for an identification
card (ID card) for him
A child born in Kuwait must be registered as a dependent
in his father’s or mother’s file. The papers
required to register the child and get him a residence
permit are as follows:
The birth certificate of the child, copy of ID of parents,
copies of passports of father and mother, marriage certificate
(authenticated from appropriate authorities if not issued
in Kuwait), passport of the sponsoring parent with the
child’s name added to it presented to immigration.
are required to present their identification cards or
passports if he asked by authorities to do so, and they
should go to Immigration premises when asked to do so.
are required to inform Police Authorities or Immigration
about loss or damage of their passports within three
days of loss or damage.
The foreigner in Kuwait must inform local authorities
if he changes his address.
foreigner requesting a residence permit must process
his papers in the immigration department within a period
of two months from entry date. The immigration department
issue residence permits to temporary visitors, domestic
helpers, and employees of all kinds. Visitors who come
to Kuwait on a visit or commercial visa are allowed
to stay up to three months only, unless renewed with
approval of Minister of Interior for a maximum of one
year. Once the temporary residence expires they must
leave the country.
Each type of residence permit application must have
certain documents attached to it, depending on whether
the residence permit is for work in the private sector,
or for domestic work (house helpers janitors etc.) or
for a dependent of a resident foreigner, or work in
the government and its institutions. And this residence
permit is given for a maximum of five years (work permits
are for a maximum period of three years renewable) renewable
one month at least before expiry date.
For the first time one requires the following documents:
copy of passport, original copy of entry visa, original
copy of work permit, health certificate which is issued
by Ministry of Public Health after medical tests, health
insurance for which a fee is paid, six photos, copy
of authorized signature of sponsor with the original
to be presented to the officer for matching, a letter
from the sponsor to allow the worker or employee to
process his residence permit in case no mandoob works
for the employer.
the visitor to Kuwait overstays his visit without extension
of visa, he is liable to a penalty of ten KD per day,
or imprisonment of maximum three months. If he extends
his visa to visit to its maximum allowed duration and
still overstays, then the penalty for each day of illegal
stay will be two KD to a maximum of between six hundred
and one thousand KD.
A foreigner who has a valid residence permit can stay
out of Kuwait for a maximum of six months otherwise
he will not be allowed to re-enter Kuwait unless he
has a permission from the Minister of Interior to stay
for more than six months abroad.
foreigner who overstays the duration of his residence
permit without renewal is liable to a fine of two KD
per day to a maximum of 600 to 1000 KD. Article twelve
or the law prohibits anybody from sheltering any foreigner
with no residence permit, or employing him, or employing
those sponsored by others.
If the worker leaves Kuwait without informing his sponsor,
and his residence permit expires while he is out of
Kuwait, then he can come back after the lapse of two
years from the date of expiry of residence permit and
the cancellation of his residence permit. His passport
must be sent to Kuwait to a friend or family member
for the residence permit to be cancelled.
the Ministry of Interior has issued a decree allowing
citizens of thirty two countries (West European, USA,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some others) to enter
Kuwait without a visa processed before their arrival
in Kuwait. They can get a temporary residence permit
of three months upon arrival in Kuwaiti ports or Airport.
the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has agreed
with the Ministry of Interior to transfer commercial
visit visas into residence permits based on work permits
issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor provided
the sponsoring company’s file in the ministry
allows that. This procedure has been grievously abused
by sponsors, which prompted the authorities to reconsider.
The process is still on, yet cases are highly scrutinize
and restricted to certain professions; and companies
which abuse the law are having their files closed in
OF ENTRY VISA
of Visas are as follows:-
- Visa issued for work in the government or public institutions
in accordance with article 17 where a request form
the party that offered the foreigner a job or appointed
him to a job.
- Entry visa for work in the private sector issued in
accordance with article 18 which necessitates a work
permit processed in the Ministry of Social Affairs
- Entry visa issued to domestic helpers in accordance
with article 20 from the General Directorate of Immigration
upon the request of a Kuwaiti or a foreign resident
provided the age of the domestic helper is between
20 and 50 years. The General Director of Immigration
has the authority to exempt anybody he deems fit,
from that condition (20 to 50 years).
- A foreign can be given three visas for domestic
helpers provided he pays a fee of 200 KD for the
first domestic helper, 300 KD for the second and
400 KD for the third (for the first year of their
employment), for a foreigner to be given permission
to bring domestic helpers he should have good
income, a family and a relatively big residence.
- Entry visa for the practice of commercial and industrial
activities, or a craft issued in accordance with license
from the appropriate authorities in Kuwait.
- Entry visa for a family member of a bearer of a Kuwaiti
residence permit who applies and processes the procedures
in the immigration department.
- Ministry of Interior has given permission
for those having salaries of 250 KD indicated
on their work permit to bring a dependent to Kuwait
and process a residence permit for him (a dependent
should be a member of the family) as per Ministerial
decree no, 236/2005. This salary must be the one
indicated in the work permit issued by Ministry
of Social Affairs and Labor. If the employee or
worker has another job that generates money for
him that money will not be considered by the Immigration
He should pay one hundred KD fee for the duration
of residence permit of the dependent plus ten
dinars for each year of the duration. For more
than two children the foreign sponsor must pay
a fee of two hundred KD for each sponsored child
(third, fourth, fifth, etc) plus ten KD for each
year of the duration of residence permit. If the
sponsored is a mother or father or a sibling the
fee for the duration of the residence permit is
two hundred KD plus ten KD per year of the duration.
- Student entry visa for students accepted in Kuwait
education institutes in accordance with a certificate
indication their acceptance as students.
- Entry visa for patients treated in Kuwaiti hospitals
in accordance with a certificate from the Public Health
Ministry indicating that the patient is accepted for
- Entry visa for visiting purposes requested by a Kuwaiti
national or foreigner living in Kuwait, or issued
from Kuwaiti Consulates abroad. The visitor can stay
for a month and then extend his visit into a temporary
residence permit for two more months (in accordance
with article 14 of the executive regulations).
- Transit visas are issued by Kuwaiti consulates, or
by Kuwaiti entry ports upon the request of persons
concerned and are valid for one week, provided the
would-be bearer of the transit visas has a visa to
the country of his destination.
sponsor (a company registered in the Ministry of Social
Affairs and Labor)applies for a work permit to be issued
for an employee or worker, Certain documents must be
attached: a copy of employee’s passport is one
of them, once the work permit is issued (if the file
of the sponsor allows for that) a copy is given to the
sponsor. After two weeks time at most the Interior Ministry
issues a work entry visa with which the employee or
worker enters Kuwait for work.
- Medical check up to detect any infectious diseases
(if the worker is found with a grave infections diseases
he will be quarantined and sent back to his country
with the sponsor bearing expenses. If he is found
physically fit he will be given certificate denoting
her is healthy and fit.
- Registering in the health insurance system.
After these procedures which may take ample time,
the residence permit sticker
will be affixed to the passport (fees are required
to pay for certain procedures).
Interior Minister and the Secretary of the Ministry
(Wakil al wazara) can issue an order to depot as persona
non grata any foreigner in the following cases:
- If there is a court ruling ordering the deportation
of the foreigner after serving a prison sentence.
- If his presence in the country is detrimental to public
order and security.
- If he does not have an apparent source of income.
deported foreigner will have his dependent family deported
with him. Ministry of Interior has the right to detain
foreigners ordered for deportation for a maximum of
one month to complete the procedure of deportation.
the deported foreigner leaves the country, he is not
allowed back to Kuwait. Only the Interior Minister or
Secretary of Interior Ministry can issue amnesty or
pardon. If the deported foreigner tries to come back
to Kuwait with total disregard to law, he is faced with
imprisonment for a maximum of one year when caught.
the employee or worker leaves his work, or his job is
terminated, the Ministry of Interior must be informed.
If the worker leaves his work for a week or more without
express permission from employer, the employer can report
him absent from work. Which means the Ministry of Social
Affairs and Labor will cancel his work permit and inform
the Interior Ministry to cancel his residence permit,
once the employee or worker has his residence cancelled
the sponsor must return him to his country bearing all