Kuwait to issue one-year residency permits for expats

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Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior announced it will start issuing one-year only residency permits for expats, instead of two years or more, Al Rai reported.

Those also affected by the decision are foreign wives of Kuwaiti citizens; children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis; non-Kuwaiti mothers whose children are citizens, and expats’ family members.

A source told Al Rai the reason expats will require yearly renewal for residency permits is due to the repercussions COVID-19 has had on many businesses. In addition, the source pointed out that granting residency permits to expats for more than a year requires medical examinations, review of security restrictions, amongst other technical details.

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According to the source, expats working in the private sector who hold a work permit of two years or more are exempt from the decision.



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