Kuwait Announces Zero-Debt Requirement for Permit Renewals

The Kuwait Interior Ministry has announced that, effective September 10, 2023, foreign nationals wishing to renew their residence permits must first ensure that they have paid off all debts owed to state authorities.

Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has issued new regulations for modifying the work permit information of foreign workers.

  • If an employer wishes to make changes to the foreign worker’s name, date of birth or nationality, they must first apply through the Ashal service for the cancellation of the visa associated with the worker.
  • This application must be submitted within two weeks of the issuance of the work permit.
  • Once the visa is cancelled, the employer must visit the Ministry of Interior to modify the data held for the foreign worker and to apply for a new work permit.

Furthermore, PAM has introduced a new electronic service for the cancellation of the entry visa of an expatriate worker, accessible via the authority’s electronic services portal.

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