Kuwait Visa for Indians

Kuwait is an Arab country that is known for its modern architecture, culture and history. This beautiful country is situated in the Middle East and its currency is called Kuwaiti Dinar. Many Indians wish to travel to Kuwait for various purposes such as employment, tourism, business, etc.

To enter Kuwait, Indians require a visa and valid passport. The passport has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months. The Kuwaiti visas differ depending on the purpose of travel.

Types of Kuwait Visa:

There are different types of Kuwaiti visas that Indians can apply for. Some of them are:

  • Tourist Visa – This visa can be availed only for the purpose for tourism which includes sightseeing, vacationing, recreational activities, etc.
  • Visit Visa – This visa allows a stay of up to 30 days after entry and is valid for 90 days. It takes the Kuwait Embassy at least a week to process this visa. The visitor has to be sponsored by a Kuwaiti Company or Resident or a Resident foreigner (relative of the visitor). Indians can avail this visa from the Kuwait Embassy in India or through the office of Kuwait Airways. Visitors who are related to a resident foreigner can get a visit visa by submitting the application form, security form from the resident foreigner, passport copy, sponsor’s passport and civil ID along with copies of the same, sponsor’s salary certificate and relationship proof.
  • Work Visa/Permit – Indians who wish to work in Kuwait have to apply for a work visa/permit. A person cannot work in Kuwait using a visit visa. Work visa in the country is issued under Article 17 and 18 of the immigration regulations of Kuwait. To get this visa, the employer has to submit a copy of the employee’s passport to get a work permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour Affairs. An NOC has to be obtained by the employer from the General Administration of Criminal Investigation by submitting the personal details of the employee. After getting the NOC and work permit from the employer, employees have to apply for an entry visa and provide documents such as PCC (Police Clearance Certificate), good conduct certificate, medical certificate, passport, education certificates, etc. In Kuwait, employees have to submit their fingerprints to get security clearance.
  • Transit Visa – This visa is valid for 7 days and can be availed from the Kuwaiti Consulate office or from a Kuwait Port Authority. To get this visa, applicants must have a confirmed onward ticket and visa to the next destination.

News About Kuwait Visa

  • New Rules For Visa Renewal Puts Indian Engineers In Kuwait To Trouble

    The recent decision from Kuwait’s Government that immigrant engineers can’t renew their visas (work) unless they acquire a NOC (No-Objection Certificates) from the KSE (Kuwait Society of Engineers).

    Now, this new rule has turned out to be a jolt for many remittance-dependent economies of Kerala. As far as the current data is considered, approximately 13,000 – 18,000 Indian engineers are pursuing their work in Kuwait. Therefore, an unexpected decision like this has shocked many of them.

    According to the new rules, KSE will issue a no-objection certificate only after it verifies an applicant’s accreditation of colleges to make sure his or her qualification background or where he or she has actually graduated from. Such strict regulations only mean that most of them will not be able to renew their work visas.

    KSE follows NBA’s (National Bureau of Accreditation) and not the AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education). Harikrishnan Namboothiri K, the CEO of NORKA ROOTS (it falls under the division of non-resident Keralites) has taken up this matter to Kuwait’s Indian Embassy. He stated that the government may be doing to create an international standard to hire foreign engineers in Kuwait.

    He added further that this matter has been already taken to the Government of Kuwait but has to be pursued at the Union Government level for further clarifications. Besides all the efforts, the revised rules also say that engineers who are looking for new jobs or willing to renew the visas might be asked to undergo a test prior the government or the companies hire them.

    12 April 2018

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