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Residence permits by type/ purpose of permit, sex and country of citizenship of holder (2011) (some nationalities)

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14 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 TOTAL ALL PERMITS TOTAL
Country of citizenship Temporary permits Governmental sector permits Private sector permits Business Domestic help Dependant permits Study Self residence permits
ARAB COUNTRIES males females males females males females males females males females males females males females males females males females total
Iraq 63 27 118 55 3.541 643 5 0 49 30 3.557 7.039 0 0 67 184 7.400 7.978 15.378
Syria 1.211 169 3.935 1.313 48.822 2.761 74 2 296 36 30.178 42.963 2 0 110 129 84.628 47.373 132.001
Lebanon 269 110 654 428 13.401 4.162 46 2 9 22 8.204 14.862 0 0 80 62 22.663 19.648 42.311
Jordan 334 109 1.527 1.083 13.954 3.257 27 1 11 4 11.818 20.823 1 2 114 90 27.786 25.369 53.155
Palestine 48 16 129 113 2.314 823 4 0 3 5 1.621 2.850 0 0 105 17 4.224 3.824 8.048
Egypt 7.595 514 30.732 14.978 264.118 9.536 21 5 1.413 89 49.326 78.946 8 5 132 173 353.345 104.246 457.591
Other Arabs 230 100 1.609 965 8.192 1.689 1 0 734 98 3.666 7.228 38 3 30 46 14.500 10.129 24.629
Total Arab nationalities 9.750 1.045 38.704 18.935 354.342 22.871 178 10 2.515 284 108.370 174.711 49 10 638 701 514.546 218.567 733.113
OTHER COUNTRIES 0
Iran 491 52 467 232 23.648 1.351 53 0 509 53 5.398 11.302 4 5 141 87 30.711 13.082 43.793
Philippines 469 1.363 1.732 1.757 23.967 23.890 0 0 690 78.656 2.362 4.998 17 16 1 46 29.238 110.726 139.964
Pakistan 1.839 41 2.531 199 87.477 830 22 0 2.622 37 9.294 17.687 29 3 17 3 103.831 18.800 122.631
India 8.374 1.208 9.106 11.633 270.800 16.989 46 1 165.251 77.117 28.625 58.080 16 2 15 32 482.233 165.062 647.295
Bangladesh 5.080 342 6.300 319 111.214 3.422 4 0 60.531 1.384 2.519 4.413 7 0 3 2 185.658 9.882 195.540
Sri Lanka  482 1.176 386 186 12.818 4.248 0 0 15.620 71.862 1.054 2.966 21 0 0 11 30.381 80.449 110.830
Other nationalities 3.361 2.209 3.095 1.163 52.784 7.551 24 4 7.595 108.544 8.632 14.706 436 150 71 66 75.998 134.393 210.391
TOTAL ALL NATIONALITIES 29.846 7.436 62.321 34.424 937.050 81.152 327 15 255.333 337.937 166.254 288.863 579 186 886 948 1.452.596 750.961 2.203.557
GRAND TOTAL 37.282 96.745 1.018.202 342 593.270 455.117 765 1.834 2.203.557

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.

 

Temporary permit: An expatriate may be granted temporary residence under article 14 of the immigration regulations in special cases where he does not need or cannot get ordinary residence.

This allows the expatriate to stay for up to one year, for personal emergencies such as illness, or after resignation from employment in order to settle financial affairs or a court case.

Dependent permit: spouse, children or elderly dependent relatives can join visa holder (sponsor) in Kuwait, if the expatriate has obtained a residency and is earning a minimum of KD250 a month (private and governement sector alike).

A working wife cannot sponsor her husband as a dependent. Also, sons over the age of 21 years cannot be sponsored as dependants, though adult daughters and parents may be permitted. Dependent family members are not allowed to work on a Dependent Visa, unless they transfer it into a work visa under Kuwaiti sponsorship. This can be done only after 6 to 12 months of holding a dependent visa.

Every children including new born babies must hold a residency permit. The application for the infant’s residence must be made within 60 days of the birth

The Dependent Visa holder is permitted to stay as long as the sponsor holds a valid visa.

Self residence 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.

Permits 17, 18, 19 and 20 are only granted after Ministry of Labour issues a work permit.

 

2. Institution which provides data

 

Ministry of Interior

 

3. Period of data coverage

 

December 31st, 2011

 

4. Data availability

 

2011′ data is tabulated in MoI’ 2011 Statistical Yearbook, in Chapter “Immigration statistics” (not available online). The volume may be directly obtained from MoI.

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