Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme

An international independent, non-partisan, non-profit joint programme of a major Gulf think tank and a globally renowned academic migration centre.
The programme provides data, analyses, and recommendations contributing to the improvement of understanding and management of
Gulf labour migration, population, and labour markets, engaging with and respecting the viewpoints of all stakeholder.

Residence permits issued by category of issuance (first issuance or renewal), type/ purpose of permit and sex of holder (2001-2011)

Please log in to download the excel file

Category of issuance reference of permit 14 17-18-19 20 22 23-24 Total permits
type/ purpose  Temporary Labour Domestic help Dependant Other permits
of permit
 
year males females total males females total males females total males females total males females total males females total
First issuance 2001 28.187 16.605 44.792 27.018 3.120 30.138 5.116 8.519 13.635 2.476 6.482 8.958 96 45 141 62.893 34.771 97.664
2002 28.417 20.216 48.633 40.060 4.749 44.809 4.607 8.691 13.298 2.298 7.043 9.341 99 42 141 75.481 40.741 116.222
2003 16.440 3.372 19.812 305.086 27.959 333.045 36.139 39.232 75.371 25.379 61.753 87.132 904 413 1.317 383.948 132.729 516.677
2004 86.548 31.531 118.079 128.487 12.356 140.843 17.711 24.256 41.967 5.124 13.584 18.708 143 70 213 238.013 81.797 319.810
2005 119.118 23.351 142.469 144.588 11.441 156.029 23.127 27.049 50.176 5.640 15.643 21.283 179 71 250 292.652 77.555 370.207
2006 173.381 64.089 237.470 161.119 12.404 173.523 21.130 25.509 46.639 4.706 12.890 17.596 295 84 379 360.631 114.976 475.607
2007 89.922 132.117 222.039 8.585 93.737 102.322 20.918 13.916 34.834 10.117 3.448 13.565 73 90 163 129.615 243.308 372.923
2008 120.348 79.592 199.940 55.226 5.886 61.112 12.021 17.234 29.255 3.133 9.290 12.423 61 35 96 190.789 112.037 302.826
2009 107.386 63.309 170.695 61.404 5.310 66.714 10.874 16.384 27.258 2.932 8.390 11.322 55 29 84 182.651 93.422 276.073
2010 146.670 71.315 217.985 80.968 7.925 88.893 11.707 18.770 30.477 2.621 7.382 10.003 105 66 171 242.071 105.458 347.529
2011 88.203 51.805 140.008 63.265 5.679 68.944 10.194 16.581 26.775 2.362 6.396 8.758 91 110 201 164.115 80.571 244.686
Renewal 2001 18.583 10.222 28.805 313.907 27.619 341.526 40.601 50.871 91.472 18.260 45.094 63.354 967 404 1.371 392.318 134.210 526.528
2002 7.687 4.748 12.435 311.919 28.971 340.890 36.308 44.493 80.801 22.249 55.577 77.826 527 364 891 378.690 134.153 512.843
2003 45.663 22.313 67.976 69.203 3.056 72.259 17.944 27.505 45.449 7.498 10.303 17.801 349 48 397 140.657 63.225 203.882
2004 42.707 9.252 51.959 275.919 24.644 300.563 80.355 89.562 169.917 24.880 62.281 87.161 924 443 1.367 424.785 186.182 610.967
2005 62.848 11.877 74.725 307.573 27.653 335.226 86.543 93.622 180.165 30.013 66.368 96.381 790 314 1.104 487.767 199.834 687.601
2006 96.227 19.562 115.789 320.305 30.961 351.266 103.602 98.401 202.003 38.431 77.491 115.922 881 411 1.292 559.446 226.826 786.272
2007 55.410 18.336 73.746 408.907 36.382 445.289 127.937 117.014 244.951 39.042 86.858 125.900 845 409 1.254 632.141 258.999 891.140
2008 52.196 18.684 70.880 491.239 44.840 536.079 116.849 123.767 240.616 48.498 106.517 155.015 770 448 1.218 709.552 294.256 1.003.808
2009 27.513 6.388 33.901 466.450 46.782 513.232 99.001 110.756 209.757 57.688 120.214 177.902 757 498 1.255 651.409 284.638 936.047
2010 55.919 9.733 65.652 406.014 47.306 453.320 110.746 132.125 242.871 64.042 123.159 187.201 771 597 1.368 637.492 312.920 950.412
2011 49.764 9.476 59.240 487.291 55.450 542.741 103.130 132.173 235.303 71.479 146.192 217.671 894 638 1.532 712.558 343.929 1.056.487
Total 2001 46.770 26.827 73.597 340.925 30.739 371.664 45.717 59.390 105.107 20.736 51.576 72.312 1.063 449 1.512 455.211 168.981 624.192
2002 36.104 24.964 61.068 351.979 33.720 385.699 40.915 53.184 94.099 24.547 62.620 87.167 626 406 1.032 454.171 174.894 629.065
2003 62.103 25.685 87.788 374.289 31.015 405.304 54.083 66.737 120.820 32.877 72.056 104.933 1.253 461 1.714 524.605 195.954 720.559
2004 129.255 40.783 170.038 404.406 37.000 441.406 98.066 113.818 211.884 30.004 75.865 105.869 1.067 513 1.580 662.798 267.979 930.777
2005 181.966 35.228 217.194 452.161 39.094 491.255 109.670 120.671 230.341 35.653 82.011 117.664 969 385 1.354 780.419 277.389 1.057.808
2006 269.608 83.651 353.259 481.424 43.365 524.789 124.732 123.910 248.642 43.137 90.381 133.518 1.176 495 1.671 920.077 341.802 1.261.879
2007 145.332 150.453 295.785 417.492 130.119 547.611 148.855 130.930 279.785 49.159 90.306 139.465 918 499 1.417 761.756 502.307 1.264.063
2008 172.544 98.276 270.820 546.465 50.726 597.191 128.870 141.001 269.871 51.631 115.807 167.438 831 483 1.314 900.341 406.293 1.306.634
2009 134.899 69.697 204.596 527.854 52.092 579.946 109.875 127.140 237.015 60.620 128.604 189.224 812 527 1.339 834.060 378.060 1.212.120
2010 202.589 81.048 283.637 486.982 55.231 542.213 122.453 150.895 273.348 66.663 130.541 197.204 876 663 1.539 879.563 418.378 1.297.941
2011 137.967 61.281 199.248 550.556 61.129 611.685 113.324 148.754 262.078 73.841 152.588 226.429 985 748 1.733 876.673 424.500 1.301.173

Source: Ministry of Interior’s records

 

ANNEXED NOTE

 

1. Definitions

 

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 or renewed after Ministry of Labour issues a work permit.

 

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: September 3rd, 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.

c- 2001-2010 data is also available in the “Annual Bulletins of Social Statistics”, given years (data is not disagregated by nationality group or by citizenship of permit holder), available for download in PDF format of Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) website: http://www.csb.gov.kw/Socan_Statistic_EN.aspx?ID=38

 

Tags: , , , , ,