New residency by-laws allows visit visas to be transferred to residency visas



Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah yesterday issued new residency by-laws allowing visit visas to be transferred to residency visas in many cases. There were only minor changes to other residency rules and regulations, especially with regards to fees. The new regulations, which explain how the residency law should be implemented, became effective as of Monday after their publication in the official gazette Kuwait Al-Youm.

Visit visas can be transferred to residence visa for following categories Subject to the residency affairs’ director’s decision:

  • Dependents arriving on family or tourist visit visas
  • Domestic helpers
  • Holders of valid residence who donot exceed stay of 6 months outside Kuwait and have to enter with a visit visa
  • Those who enter for work and start procedure to get residency but have to leave for maximum one month
  • Visitors of ministries and public authorities with Govt visit visa

KD 3 to obtain visa on arrival
Renewal of residence KD 10 per year/ per person
Dependent residency fees for spouses and children KD 10 per year/ per person.

Relatives other than the wife and children a dependent visa against a KD 200 charge yearly. This includes parents.

The regulations set a minimum of KD 500 in monthly salary for those who can bring their families from abroad on dependent visas, while they give the director of the department to exempt couples already living here from the salary condition. The regulations also exempt a large number of professions from the salary conditions. These include judges, doctors, engineers, teachers, journalists and many others.

The new by-laws introduce a tourist visa allowing tourists to stay in Kuwait for up to three months, and a multiple entry visa valid for one year for just KD 1 for each month. Foreigners whose residence is cancelled and those who resign are given up to three months of temporary residency to leave.