One year renewal only for family visa – domestic workers and Ministry employees
To live in Kuwait, an expatriate other than GCC citizens must have a Kuwait residence visa, or iqama. There are three main types of Kuwait residence visa: work visa, domestic, and dependent visa. These three visas require a sponsor. An expatriate may sponsor his own residence, with or without allowing to work, as long as he lived in Kuwait for a long time and has a ample financial means.
Family Visa (Dependent Visa)
Upon obtaining residency in Kuwait, an employed man can bring his wife and children to Kuwait to live with him. In order to do that, it is mandatory that he earns at least 450KD monthly (in case of possessing a 17-visa) and at least 650KD monthly (in case of possessing a 18-visa). If both man and wife work in Kuwait, they have the possibility to sponsor their children there but only if their salaries combined exceed 350KD monthly.
Domestic Servants visa in Kuwait
Domestic servant visa is issued to resident expatriate’s full-time servant sourced from a country outside Kuwait. The resident will be the sponsor for this type of visa. Expatriate families are usually allowed to bring a maid in the country.
Kuwait Work Visa
Work visas are iqamas granted for public and private sector employees under articles 17 and 18 of the immigration regulations. An employment offer must first be accepted to obtain Kuwait residence visa on a work visa. A Kuwaiti employer sponsor shall apply for the work permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs & Labour.
General Administration of Residency Affairs under the Ministry of Interior announced that people who’s residency expired between 2 January- 29 February, 2020 are granted valid residency until August 31 without any fines.
However, anyone whose residency expired on or before January 1 will have to leave the country and will not be allowed to renew their residency. They will be deported if caught.
Residence permits will be renewed only for one year for workers in the government sector, servants, family members, holders of Article 23 and self sponsors (Article 17, 20, 22, 23, 24) while Article 18 renewal shall be according to the work permit.