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Updated January 2024

Kuwait has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world and no personal income taxes, making it an appealing labor market for expats. Construction, engineering, information technology, and other sectors offer numerous job prospects.

People wishing to live and work in Kuwait must first understand how to secure a Kuwait work visa and residency permission. We’ve compiled all of the necessary information for obtaining your Kuwait work visa below.

Important note: According to the latest report in May 2023, Kuwait has stopped issuing work and entry visas to Filipinos on the instructions of Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah. The reason for this action is the Philippines’ failure to adhere to the labor agreement signed by both countries in May 2018. The resumption of visa issuance is conditional upon the Philippines’ commitment to fulfilling the terms of the agreement.

Kuwait work visa – latest news

The Public Authority for Manpower, in collaboration with the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, has announced that practical tests for skilled and technical workers will soon be conducted as a mandatory procedure for the issuance of work permits. This decision has been made with the objective of enhancing efficiency in this field and safeguarding Kuwaiti families from fraud and substandard work.

What is a Kuwait work visa?

A Kuwait work visa is a type of visa issued by the Kuwaiti government that allows an individual to enter and work in Kuwait. This visa is typically obtained by individuals who have been offered employment in Kuwait and need to secure the necessary authorization to work and reside in the country.

The process of obtaining a Kuwait work visa typically involves obtaining an offer of employment, obtaining sponsorship from a Kuwaiti employer, and completing various forms and procedures with the Kuwaiti government.

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Kuwait work visa required documents

A Kuwait work visa, also known as an employment visa, is necessary for foreign individuals who wish to work in Kuwait. It requires a job offer from either a private company or a government organization. The employer must apply for the work permit or visa on behalf of the employee.

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Valid passport with a minimum of two (2) years prior to expiration date
  2. One completed current visa application form as issued by Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. One passport-size photo
  4. HIV test (AIDS test)
  5. Health Certificate: Obtained from the local doctor certifying that the patient is in good health and free from contagious diseases. Lab test results for the following: hepatitis B & C, malaria, filariasis, syphilis and chest X-ray for tuberculosis
  6. No Criminal Record
  7. The work permit

Upon submission of the necessary documents, the employee will receive a “No Objection Certificate” (NOC) which permits them to enter Kuwait. Upon their arrival, they will be granted a residency visa. After 30 days of obtaining the residency visa, the employee may apply for a Kuwait Civil ID.

Kuwait work visa application

The employer must apply for a work permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. Here are the necessary steps:

  1. The employer must apply for a work permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, submitting the employee’s personal information, passport copy, and NOC
  2. Upon receiving the work visa/permit, the employer will send it along with the NOC to the employee
  3. After the employee has received the 2 documents, they have to undergo a medical test in their home country. The test has to be done at a clinic recognized by the Kuwaiti Consulate
  4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send a copy of the work permit to the Kuwait embassy in the employee’s home country. The employer should also provide the employee with a copy of the work permit

The Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs will forward a copy of the work permit to the Kuwait embassy in the employee’s home country.

If there is no Kuwait embassy in the employee’s home country, the work permit and NOC must be submitted to the Ministry of Interior.

Kuwait work visa fees

The price of a Kuwait work visa may vary between countries. However, to give you an idea, the Kuwait work visa price is USD 175 for US citizens (plus USD 25 for the police clearance validation).

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