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KUWAIT - Original University Degrees Required to Renew Iqama Residency Permits

Effective by the end of October, Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior (MOI) authorities will begin requiring foreign nationals to submit their original university degrees when filing applications for renewal of their Iqama residency permits.

Initially, this requirement will apply only to holders of university degrees, but will in the future be applied to holders of other educational certificates as well.

MOI authorities will be more closely scrutinizing the validity of foreign nationals' education degrees and certificates in an attempt to address the problem of companies bringing unskilled or unqualified foreign labor to Kuwait. Applicants submitting forged degrees or degrees that differ from those submitted in the initial work authorization and immigration process may face prosecution for forgery.

Action Items

  • Foreign nationals renewing Iqama residency permits are advised to ensure that they have originals of their university degrees and that those originals match any degree documents submitted in the initial immigration process. For questions or concerns with complying with this new requirement, contact your immigration specialist for assistance.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Executive Expatriate Relocations and Toronto Trading Company.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.