All foreigners except citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states are required to obtain a work permit before they work in Kuwait. Work permits are issued only once the expat obtains a valid employment offer.
The Kuwaiti employer then takes the role as a sponsor for the expatriate employee while he or she works in Kuwait, handling all the administrative such as applying for visa, providing for residence, opening a bank account, etc. The sponsor is also accountable in any case of violation by the expatriate employee.
Upon obtaining a work permit and residence, the expatriate can in turn function as a sponsor for his/her spouse and children and are termed dependants. However, in case any of the dependants want to work in Kuwait, he/she must acquire separate work permits under a Kuwaiti citizen.
If the expatriate works in the public sector, the respective ministry such as the Ministry of Health acts as the sponsor. To apply for dependant visas, those working in the public sector must have a salary of minimum K.D. 450 and those in private a minimum of K.D. 650.
Jobs in Kuwait
By the 1950s, Kuwait became the largest exporter of oil in the Persian Gulf Region and hence attracted many foreigners in search for jobs. From then, a good part of Kuwait’s workforce includes expatriates. Job opportunities are available in the oil companies in the engineering, construction and various other fields.
With the large investments in the healthcare system and a growing number of hospitals, job vacancies are also available in the medical fields. The recent years have witnessed an increasing demand for foreign nurses.