Virginia, US

Kuwait

If your company is sending employees to Kuwait — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Kuwait, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

Kuwait’s nationalization program, the Kuwait Manpower Law, encourages Kuwaitis to join the private sector, thereby making the process of employing foreign nationals in Kuwait relatively restrictive.  Securing a work permit involves a home-country consular process, followed by a number of post-arrival steps before a work permit and a permanent residency visa can be granted.

Business travelers may apply for a commercial visit visa (where there is Kuwaiti sponsor). They may also apply for a hotel visa or secure a visa upon arrival in Kuwait based on their eligibility. Commercial visit visas are not subject to quota restrictions or 'Kuwaitization' requirements.

Individuals seeking employment in Kuwait must secure a work permit and a residence permit sponsored by a qualified local entity in Kuwait.

Nationals of the following countries may be restricted from entering and/or working in Kuwait: Israel, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.