More than 6 Month Stay Outside of Kuwait Rule Cancelled by 1st November 2022

Kuwait City, 12th August 2022:

More than 6 Month Stay Outside of Kuwait Rule Cancelled by 1st November 2022

 

#Kuwait : Automatic residency cancellation for workers (article 18) outside the country for more than 6 months

◼️ The Residency Department of the MOI decided to approve the cancellation of residency permits of Article 18 (Private Sector) for those who have been outside #Kuwait for more than 6 months starting from 1st November, 2022.

◼️ The period of their stay outside the country is calculated from 01/05/2022 until 31/10/2022.

◼️ Those who have left Kuwait before May 1st must return before November 1st back to Kuwait if they don’t wish their residence to be cancelled.

◼️ By the end of the year expats who hold family visa (dependent) will not be able to stay outside Kuwait for more than 6 months as their visa will be forfeited.

The MOH announced closing the #Kuwait Vaccination Center in Mishref following the improvement witnessed regarding the Covid19 situation in the country, The ministry still offers #Covid vaccines in 16 health centers in #Kuwait

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#kuwait rethinks expats’ open stay abroad
Private sector expats no longer allowed to stay abroad for more than 6 months
Kuwaiti authorities said residency permits of private sector expatriates, staying abroad for more than six months, will be automatically cancelled, a Kuwaiti newspaper has said.
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.
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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