Kuwait is one of the richest countries in the world and one of the most attractive spots for foreign job seekers. Although it’s a small country with a total area of 17.818 km2, its wealth, huge oil reserves and great job opportunities for foreigners especially in the majors of oil production, marketing, sales, finance, tourism, transport, and technology ... Read More
Its economy is based on oil and petroleum export. About 10% of the world’s reserves of crude oil are located in Kuwait. The unemployment rate in Kuwait is extremely low according to the international standards. At its highest following a crisis in 2011 it was 3.6% and has continued to fall again since then. The official currency in Kuwait is Kuwaiti dinar. It’s the highest-valued unit of currency in the world.
Kuwait is located on the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by the Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. The official language is Arabic. However, English is widely used among people as a business language.
About 70% of the population are non-Kuwaiti citizens. Foreigners are usually attracted by the employment opportunities in Kuwait. The majority of foreign workers resides in Kuwait City, economic and administrative hub of the country. The most favorite cities for foreigners to work are: Al Ahmadi, Hawalli, and Al Farwaniyah. The largest communities of expats in Kuwait are: Indian community, Egyptian community, Pakistani community, Syrian community, Filipino community, and Iranian community. .
The usual workweek in Kuwait is Sunday to Thursday, where some stores and offices also open for a few hours on a Friday, and rarely on a Saturday. Employers grant several benefits for their foreign employees main of which are housing allowance or a place to live in, low rates credit for a car, medical insurance, annual air tickets for their homes.
Keep in mind that applying for a job that requires professional or personal skills you don’t have is just a waste of time. So, apply for a job that fits your profession and skills. Some companies in Kuwait hire employees directly to work from their homes or arrange with some employees who started working in an office in Kuwait to work from home. After that foreign employees were able to left Kuwait and continue to work from home in a country they came from.
Some vacancies are designated for male or female applicants only, and in some professions, it will be assumed that only men will apply for the role. This will often have a bearing on the team in which the vacancy has occurred, as the interaction between men and women who are not married or closely related to each other is strongly discouraged in Kuwait. This may be unpalatable to western job hunters, but it is an important and normal part of Kuwaiti life which flags up issues to be considered before heading off for a new life there.
In order to work in Kuwait foreigners have to obtain a residence visa and valid work permit
There are three main types of residence visa for Kuwait: work visa, domestic, and dependent visa. Every type of residence visa requires a sponsor. Employer, expatriate or a member of family in Kuwait may sponsor residence for foreign citizen. Domestic and dependent visa are types of visas without allowing to work for a newcomer in Kuwait.
A Kuwaiti employer sponsor shall apply for a valid work permit from the Kuwaiti Ministry of Social Affairs&Labour. Necessary requirements for the Kuwaiti work permit are valid employee’s passport and no-objection certificate (NOC) from the General Administration of Criminal Investigation at the Ministry of Interior.
Keep in mind that the process to obtain a residence visa and work permit is very slow. It usually takes weeks until entry into Kuwait, and 1 to 2 months before formalities have to be completed after your entry in Kuwait. Before entering the country, make sure that you have obtained the correct visa and work permit. You cannot live there unless you have work, and you cannot work there unless you have obtained the correct documentation. The penalties are serious and include imprisonment. As it takes several weeks to obtain all the documentation, you should take action to secure it as soon as you know you are going to work in Kuwait.