Expat Visas Will Be Cancelled After 180 Days Outside Kuwait
Category: Expats

Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) for Residency Affairs, Fawaz Al-Masha’an, has ordered that all expatriates whose residence permits have been lapsed for six months by the end of this month will have their permits automatically cancelled. According to the statement, their residence permits will be automatically revoked on that date and they will not be able to re-enter the country until completely new procedures and approvals have been taken.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Interior has announced that it will not extend the campaign to allow family visa holders who have been outside the country for more than six months to rejoin their families beyond 31 January.

The Ministry of Interior took the humanitarian decision to renew residence permits online during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This privilege is set to end on 31 January.

The cancellation of residency by electronic means for workers who have been outside the country for over six months will apply to workers who are covered by Article 17 (government sector), Article 18 (private sector), Article 19 (partner in the private sector), Article 22 (joining a family), Article 23 (student), and Article 24 (self-sponsored).

According to the ministry, the period of an expat's presence outside the country will be calculated, particularly for family visa holders, from 1 August, 2022 until 31 January 2023, and then their residency will be canceled automatically, as outlined in Article 12, paragraph 3 of the Foreigners' Residence Law.


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25 Jan, 2023 1675
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