Kuwait’s Interior Ministry have issued new residency by-laws allowing visit visas to be transferred to residency visas in many cases.

GDN Online reports the new regulations, which explain how the residency law should be implemented, became effective as 21 October.

The official gazette Kuwait Al-Youm says visit visas may be transferred to residency visas for the following categories:

  • subject to the residency affairs’ director’s decision, visitors of ministries and public authorities (with government visit visas) holding university degrees;
  • domestic helpers;
  • dependents arriving on family or tourist visit visas and
  • holders of valid residencies who do not exceed six months out of Kuwait and have to enter with a visit visa.

The new regulations also apply to those who enter for work and start procedures to get residency but must leave for a maximum of one month. These cases are subject to the residency affairs directorate’s judgment.

No major changes to residency fees
GDN Online reports the only change regarding to fees, was introducing a KD 3 fee for obtaining a visa on arrival, which used to be offered free of charge for some nationalities.

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