Residency Permit - Work

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


Work Visas are 'Iqamas' granted to public and private sector employees. On accepting an employment offer, the procedure to obtain Kuwait Residence Visa on a Work Visa begins.

Application Procedure:

  • The employment offer is made and accepted.
  • The sponsor applies for the work permit at the MSA&L (Ministry of Social Affairs & Labour)
  • Private sector employers obtain an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the Criminal Investigation Department.
  • On receipt of the work permit from the MSA&L the employer sends a copy to the employee in his country of origin. This copy is then to be submitted to the Kuwaiti Embassy for endorsement, after which an entry visa is applied for.
  • On arriving/returning to Kuwait the employee is obliged to undergo further medical tests which comprise a chest x-ray and blood tests for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis (B&C), Typhoid and Malaria. If any person is found to be carrying any of the above diseases they are immediately deported.
  • Fingerprinting and security clearance is mandatory for all expatriates arriving in Kuwait.
  • Application for the residence permit is to be made at the Immigration & Passport Department in Shuwaikh. A maximum period of five years will be granted at a cost of KD10 per year.


up to 60 months



up to $200 (approx.)


Processing time

up to 8 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Residency Permit - Work?

6 Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a valid passport with min. two years validity from time of arrival.
  • You must have a valid employment offer.
  • If employee of private sector, you must obtain an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the Criminal Investigation Department and a character certificate (if required).
  • You must be of good health and willing to undergo further medical tests like chest X-Ray, blood test for HIV/AIDS, etc. upon arrival.
  • You must enter Kuwait on a valid entry permit in order to apply for the work residence permit.
  • Additional requirements may be present depending on your nationality.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Residency Permit - Work?

9 Document Required

  • Valid passport with a minimum of 2 years prior to expiration date.
  • One completed current visa application form as issued by Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • One passport-size photo.
  • HIV test (AIDS test) results copy.
  • Health Certificate: Obtained from the local doctor certifying that the patient is in good health and free from contagious diseases. Lab test results for the following: hepatitis B & C, malaria, filariasis, syphilis and chest X-ray for tuberculosis.
  • NOC and character certificate obtained from the Criminal Investigation Department.
  • The copy of entry permit on basis of work.
  • Fingerprint and Security clearance certificates.
  • Additional documents may be requested on case basis.

Talent Migration data for Kuwait

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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