In 2022, expatriates renewing their annual residency or obtaining their first residency in Kuwait contributed 154 million dinars to the state budget, as per a government report jointly issued by the Ministry of Interior, Manpower, Civil Information and Insurance, and the Central Administration for Statistics.
As per the report, around 1.4 million expatriates employed in the private sector renewed their residency during the year, which contributed roughly 109 million dinars, while 22.2 thousand new expatriates paid 2.7 million dinars.
The government report shows that domestic workers in the family sector paid 15 million dinars for annual residency renewal and health insurance, while 520,000 expats on family visas paid an additional 28.6 million dinars. In contrast, expats who obtained residency under Article 24 (“self-sponsorship”) and Article 19 (“company partners”) paid less for residency renewal, with 2352 expats under Article 24 and 773 under Article 19. Meanwhile, the government paid 6.3 million dinars for the 97,880,000 expats employed in the government sector, with a majority working in medical services, human health, and education, accounting for 76.5%. The presence of residency law violators, numbering over 133,000 residents, resulted in an annual decline of 3.5 million dinars in residency revenues.
Renewing work permits, health insurance, residency, and civil cards costs about 70 dinars annually for registered workers in Kuwait, with domestic workers paying a reduced fee of 20 dinars. Family residence permits, self-sponsorships, and company partners have an annual cost between 55 and 65 dinars.
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