Kuwait will halve the duration of the residence permit for expats

The validity of the residence permit will be reduced from the current two years to one year.

What happened? Kuwait plans to start issuing residence permits for expats for just one year, as the country struggles to recover from the pandemic and the impact of low oil prices. Kuwait is currently issuing a two-year residence permit to expats and their families, Gulf Business writes.

Details… The new decision will apply to all immigrants entering the country. However, a source in the Ministry of the Interior told the local daily Al Rai that foreigners working in the private sector and holding work permits for two years or more are currently exempted from this decision.

Context… As the Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah said in June 2020, foreigners now make up about 70% of Kuwait’s 4.8 million people. However, the Gulf State wants their numbers to drop to 30% of the country’s population. This will require a decrease in the number of foreign workers by about 2.5 million.

As part of this decision, several government agencies began to reduce the recruitment of foreign employees.

What else? Kuwait also confirmed that it will stop issuing work permits to immigrants over 60 years old with no higher education. The decision will take effect on January 1, 2021 and will apply when their residence permit expires.

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