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KUWAIT: Work Permit Attestation for Egyptian Nationals Suspended

, 24/09/2019

The Egyptian embassy in Kuwait is currently refusing to attest work permit approvals for Egyptian nationals issued by the Kuwaiti labour authorities.

Background

Normally, first-time work permits issued for Egyptian nationals in Kuwait must be attested by the Egyptian authorities before the applicant applies for an entry visa at the Kuwaiti consulate in Egypt.

Recently, the Egyptian authorities have been concerned about smaller companies in Kuwait sponsoring Egyptian nationals for work permits, then demanding money from the employees before closing their business and abandoning the employees with no job. Discussions are underway to resolve this issue or to grant exemptions to large or established companies. In the meantime, Egyptian nationals may be able to obtain business visas for qualifying business activities in Kuwait.