IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior has begun requiring foreign nationals in jobs that require a university degree to provide an attested original certificate or diploma when applying for their residency permit (iqama).

What does the change mean? Residence permit applicants, including renewal applicants, should be sure to provide an attested original certificate or diploma when submitting their applications.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Residence permits, including renewals.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals working in jobs that require a university degree who are applying for new or renewed residence permits.
  • Impact on processing times: Gathering the required supporting documents will add to the end-to-end application time for residence permits and renewals.

BAL Analysis: The new requirement is part of Kuwait’s efforts to more closely monitor whether foreign workers are meeting education and skills standards. Those preparing applications should be sure to leave enough time to obtain an attested original certificate or diploma. Those who do not do so risk unnecessary delays or having their applications rejected.