Kuwait Visa renewal fees could increase
KUWAIT: Kuwait may increase the fees collected from expatriate workers for issuing or renewing work visas, a senior government official announced. Currently, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor collects KD 12 per new visa issued or transaction to transfer a visit visa to a work visa, while renewing a work visa requires an annual payment of KD 2. The Manpower Public Authority is currently studying the possibility of increasing the fees on par with rates found in other Gulf states where fees for similar transactions reach KD 100, General Director Jamal Al-Dousary said in a recent statement.
While fees for renewing work visas in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are higher compared to Kuwait, they are far from the KD 100 mark that Dousary mentioned – with the exception of Qatar where the fee still reaches approximately KD 80. Furthermore, Gulf states adopt similar fees for new visa issuance and annual renewal. Dousary also failed to mention other mandatory fees that expatriates are required to pay when renewing their visas in Kuwait every year, including KD 10 for Immigration and KD 52 for health insurance.
Source: Kuwait Times