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Kuwait: Article 24 (Self-Sponsorhip) residence permits granted by nationality group and sex of holder (2010-2013)

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2010 2011 2012 2013
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Arab countries 623 696 1,319 639 701 1,340 716 747 1,463 833 793 1,626
Non-Arab Asian countries 189 194 383 186 196 382 185 205 390 198 213 411
Non-Arab African countries 9 8 17 7 11 18 7 12 19 7 14 21
Europe 17 21 38 19 21 40 17 21 38 20 23 43
North America 30 11 41 29 12 41 37 16 53 39 23 62
Central and South America 7 3 10 6 4 10 6 1 7 7 1 8
Australia and Oceania 0 3 3 0 3 3 1 4 5 3 5 8
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 875 936 1,811 886 948 1,834 969 1,006 1,975 1,107 1,072 2,179

Source: Ministry of Interior
ANNEXED NOTE

1. Definitions

Residency procedures do not apply to GCC nationals.
The bidoun, a stateless population, are not included in the residency documents holders.
Data presented in the table are stock data: all the non-national residents holding a residence permit on December 31st, the given year. The table excludes the Bedoon, the non-Kuwaiti GCC citizens and those in irregular situation.
Self sponsorship permit: Expatriates may sponsor themselves under article 24 of the regulations and obtain a residence for two to five years under several conditions
(among which: being aged 60 and more, having worked no less than 25 years in Kuwait, owning a capital of 10000 KD at least; being able to produce a certificate of good conduct, being effectively residing in Kuwait with his/her family, etc.).
This form of residence can be renewed upon expiry. Self-sponsored expatriates may sponsor their wives and children.

Totals for the year 2012 presented here differ slightly from totals in other tables pertaining to this year published in the database.

2. Institution which provides data

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), Ministry of Planning.

3. Period of data coverage

December 31st, given years.

4. Data availability

The present data is taken from the report “Migration Statistics 2013”, published by the CSB.
The report processes Ministry of Interior’s (Directorate of Migration’s) raw figures of permits granted to foreign residents by type/ purpose of permit, sex and regional origin of holder, for the years 2010 to 2013.
The report (in Arabic, PDF format with Excel tables) is available on CSB’s website (Population Statistics, then Migration Statistics)
http://www.csb.gov.kw/Socan_Statistic.aspx?ID=56

Date of access: May 2015.

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