Kuwait to cancel visas if expats remain outside
GT: Kuwait’s Interior Ministry has issued a decision to cancel residence permits belonging to expats holding government sector, partner, family, student and self-sponsorship visas, if they remain outside the country for a period of more than six months.
The announcement was made by the ministry’s Residency Affairs Department and pertains to the duration of presence outside Kuwait calculated from August 1 2022, with the last date to return to the country being January 31, 2023.
Expats who remain outside Kuwait will have their residence permits automatically cancelled in accordance with the provisions of Article 12, paragraph 3 of the Expats Residence Law.
A previous decision was made for holders of Article 18 (private visa) who remained outside the country for a minimum of six months from May 2022.
The Interior Ministry had earlier created a provision for expats to stay outside the country for over two years as part of its humanitarian efforts during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.