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.

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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.

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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.

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