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Updated March 2024

Having a Kuwait residency visa is of utmost importance for individuals living and working in Kuwait. This residency permit, commonly referred to as an Iqama, serves as a legal document that grants expatriates the right to reside and work in the country for a specific duration.

If your current residence visa is nearing expiration or has already expired, it is crucial to initiate the renewal process. In this article, Wego provides an overview of the steps involved in renewing Kuwait residency visas. Please keep reading to learn more about the renewal process.

Kuwait residency renewal

Foreign nationals who possess a valid residency permit and are employed by a company or sponsored by an individual in Kuwait are eligible to renew their residency visa. The procedure for renewing residency visas can be conveniently carried out online as long as applicants fulfil the required criteria.

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Kuwait residency renewal online

To renew a Kuwait residency visa online, there are a few additional steps involved. Prior to applying for a residency visa renewal, applicants must first renew their health insurance through the official website of the Ministry of Health. Please note that accessing these pages on the Ministry’s website may only be possible within the State of Kuwait.

Kuwait residency insurance renewal online

Here are the steps to follow:

  • visit the Ministry of Health’s insurance page
  • locate and click on the “Electronic services” box
  • from the drop-down menu, select the “Health Insurance Registration” service
  • log in to your account by entering your username and password
  • select the type of insurance you require
  • provide the necessary personal data and contact information as required by the system
  • agree to the terms and conditions specified by the Ministry of Health
  • click on the “Pay” icon
  • complete the payment process

Kuwait residency renewal online log in

Once health insurance has been renewed, applicants can proceed with the Kuwait residency visa renewal. Here are the steps to follow:

  • visit the Ministry of Interior’s official website
  • select the ‘Renew Residency’ tab
  • log in using your User ID and password. If you don’t have an account, you will need to register first
  • If there are no violations reflected under your record, click on ‘Continue’. If you have any violations, you must settle them before proceeding
  • input the duration of your residency (1 year) as well as your mobile phone number
  • tick the checkbox confirming the information and click ‘Submit’
  • pay for the service

Please note that you are also required to renew your Civil ID to get your residency visa extended. You can visit the PACI website to request a Civil ID extension.

To learn about the steps involved in renewing your Kuwait Civil ID, please refer to the dedicated article provided below.

Kuwait Civil ID Renewal: Steps to Renew Your Kuwait ID Card


Kuwait residency renewal passport validity

In order to qualify for renewing your residency online in Kuwait, here are a few general documents you need to prepare.

  • a valid passport with at least 1 year of validity left
  • completed application forms
  • copies of your civil ID and driving license (if applicable)
  • recent passport-sized photographs
  • proof of financial stability

Kuwait residency renewal for family

If you intend to renew the residence visa for your family members in Kuwait, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • copies of their passports
  • copies of their residency permits
  • recent photographs of each family member
  • supporting evidence of your relationships with your family members, such as a marriage certificate or birth certificates

Kuwait residency renewal status check

You can check your visa status through the Ministry of Interior’s website. You may be required to provide your passport number, visa number, or Civil ID.

Check out our article below for more detail about Kuwait visa status.

Kuwait Visa Check: How to Check Your Kuwait Visa Validity Status Online?


Kuwait residency renewal fees

It’s been reported that the fee for renewing a residency visa is KWD 10 per person for the sponsored individual, their spouse, and two children. Each additional child will incur a charge of KWD 100, while the parents and in-laws will be required to pay KWD 200 per person.

To obtain the most accurate and current details regarding residency renewal fees, it is advisable to consult the General Directorate of Residency, a division of Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior.


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