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Residence permits issued by category of issuance (first issuance or renewal) and nationality group of holder (Kuwait) (2005-2011)

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Category of issuance nationality group year of issuance
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
First issuance Arabs 119.420 128.186 75.243 59.114 60.864 80.939 51.108
Europeans/ Americans 9.693 12.234 10.820 9.380 8.204 9.703 9.424
Asians 239.534 333.237 283.947 230.467 201.182 246.366 174.145
Africans 1.560 1.950 2.913 3.865 5.823 10.521 10.009
Total 370.207 475.607 372.923 302.826 276.073 347.529 244.686
Renewal Arabs 198.589 228.713 249.202 297.309 298.473 306.582 354.245
Europeans/ Americans 10.227 12.182 13.536 14.833 14.839 15.883 18.286
Asians 476.564 542.739 624.439 684.757 609.862 618.254 654.960
Africans 2.221 2.638 3.963 6.909 12.873 19.693 28.996
Total 687.601 786.272 891.140 1.003.808 936.047 960.412 1.056.487
Total Arabs 318.009 356.899 324.445 356.423 359.337 387.521 405.353
Europeans/ Americans 19.920 24.416 24.356 24.213 23.043 25.586 27.710
Asians 716.098 875.976 908.386 915.224 811.044 864.620 829.105
Africans 3.781 4.588 6.876 10.774 18.696 30.214 39.005
Total 1.057.808 1.261.879 1.264.063 1.306.634 1.212.120 1.307.941 1.301.173

Source: Ministry of Interior’s records

 

ANNEXED NOTE

 

1. Definitions

 

The table refers to all types of residency permits, i.e. granted under articles 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 of the immigration regulations, first issued or renewed during the given years.

 

The residency can be valid for a minimum of 1 month to a year (temporary permits granted under article 14 of the immigration regulations), and for a maximum of five years (some of the residence permits granted to public and private sector employees under Articles 17 and 18).

When the initial residence document expires, the expatriate will have to keep the same sponsor if the permit has to be renewed. It will have to be renewed first with the Labour Ministry, before renewal of the residence application.

 

The bidoun, a stateless population, are not included in the residency documents holders.

Residency procedures do not apply to GCC nationals.

 

2. Institution which provides data

 

Ministry of Interior

 

3. Period of data coverage

 

January 1st- December 31st, given years

 

4. Data availability

 

a- 2005-2009′ data is published in MoI’ 2009 Statistical Yearbook, in Chapter “Immigration statistics”, available online at: http://www.moi.gov.kw/portal/varabic/statistics/stats.htm

Last date of access: June 23rd, 2013.

b- 2007-2011′ 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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