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. 

The process of employing a foreign national in Kuwait is relatively restrictive, due to efforts on the part of Kuwait authorities to restrict the number of foreign workers in Kuwait and the policy of encouraging more Kuwaiti nationals to join the private sector through the State's nationalization program, the Kuwait Manpower Law. The procedure to obtain 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 are granted.

Business travelers may apply for a commercial visit visa (where there is Kuwaiti sponsor). They may also apply for a hotel visa or obtain a visa upon arrival in Kuwait if the traveler is qualified. Commercial visit visas are not subject to quota restrictions or 'Kuwaitization' requirements.

Individuals seeking employment in Kuwait must secure a work permit and a permanent residency visa 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.