Kuwait government intends to roll out long-term visas soon. Investors, owners of businesses, commercial projects, CEOs may get visas for 5 to 15 years.
26 November 2021, 12:00 AM
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Expats residing in Kuwait might soon get a long-term residency visas ranging from 5 to 15 years, Al Qabas newspaper reported.
Kuwait government is currently thinking about the rollout of a new visa scheme to grant expat investors, owners of businesses, commercial projects and CEOs long-term residency visas, similar to those being granted in other GCC countries like the UAE, Al Qabas newspaper quoted an official source.
The source said the residency and work permit systems may be amended by the government to diversify the forms of visas granted in the country, without the need for the kafala (sponsorship) system. However, this will be limited to some expats who can exceptionally support the national economy.
Authorities have begun practical steps and identified potential beneficiaries. The expected change will mean that those granted long-term visas will no longer have to rely on the sponsorship system. They will add to the country’s attractiveness to foreign workers, and increase economic diversification.
This will also grant more freedom of movement to business owners, and eligible investors will not come under the Public Authority for Manpower's jurisdiction.