Every immigrant, except citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states, is required to obtain a work permit before he/she commence to work in Kuwait. Work permits are issued, only after the expat obtains a valid job offer.
Once the offer has been accepted by the immigrant, the Kuwaiti employer then acts as a sponsor and applies for the work permit through the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor with the employee’s passport and NOC from the General Administration of Criminal Investigation at the Ministry of Interior.
The employee may then apply for an entry visa at the Kuwait Embassy from his/her own native country by showing a copy of the work permit which he/she received from the sponsor and submitting the employer’s NOC and a copy of the authorized signatory as registering for business purpose. Meanwhile, the Embassy also will receive a copy of his work permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kuwait. If there is no Kuwait Embassy in his/her country, the sponsor should submit the work permit and NOC to the Ministry of Interior, in order to obtain the entry visa.
The Kuwaiti employer (sponsor) after procuring the visa, he is the sole responsibility for all the administrative activities such as providing accommodation, opening a bank account, etc. The sponsor is also accountable, in case of any violation by the expatriate employee.
Jobs in Kuwait
By 1950, Kuwait became the largest exporter of oil in the Persian Gulf Region and hence attracted many outsiders in search of jobs. From then, a majority of Kuwait’s workforce includes expatriates. Job opportunities are consistently available in the oil sectors in the engineering, construction and in other various departments.
With huge investments in the health care system and an increasing number of hospitals, job vacancies are mushrooming in the medical sectors too. The recent years have witnessed an increasing demand for offshore nurses.