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Kuwait rethinks expats open stay abroad

Latest News Kuwait City 16 Aug 22
Kuwait rethinks expats open stay abroad
Kuwait: Private sector expats no longer allowed to stay abroad for more than 6 months.
Event Location
Kuwait, Kuwait
Kuwait City
Start Time
16 August 2022, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 August 2022, 12:00 AM

Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior on Friday announced that the Residency Affairs Sector will start the cancellation of the residency of expatriate workers who have been outside the country for a period of six months or more, according to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

The Interior Ministry said the duration of those expatriates’ stay outside Kuwait would be calculated as of May 1 until October 31 and overstayers will have their iqamas cancelled, Al Rai added.

Such expatriates, known as the Article 18–compliant iqamat holders, are not allowed to stay outside Kuwait for more than six months, the ministry added.

Likewise, according to Al Rai, expatriates holding dependent residency permits are likely to be no longer allowed to stay outside Kuwait for more than six months, ending an earlier open-ended stay system.
Those who have left Kuwait before May 1 must return before November 1 back to Kuwait if they don’t wish their residence to be cancelled.

The new rule will take effect before the end of this year and is likely also to apply to holders of the so-called Article 24 iqama expats, i.e. self-employed foreigners, the paper added, citing security sources.

“Based on humanitarian considerations, since the outbreak of COVID-19 epidemic the Interior Ministry has allowed all foreign residents staying abroad to renew their iqamas online and stay outside the country [Kuwait] for an open-ended duration,” the sources said.

“But now that the health situation has improved in the country, there is no justification for keeping these exceptional measures,” they added.

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