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Saturday , November 17 2018

Engineers without NOC from KES and without residence, stay in Kuwait is about to end

I am working as a Service Manager for a Construction Equipment Company for the last 14 years. My company is in the process of transferring my residency to another project/company under the same group, as the previous project/company is closed and am provided with a temporary residency (Article 14) for the last two months.

Kindly advise:

1. Is it necessary to have a degree certificate for transferring/renewing manager’s residency, as my diploma in Electrical Engineering is rejected by the Immigration Authorities stating that they need NOC from the KES, which is impossible for engineering diplomas?

2. Can my wife travel to Kuwait while I am on temporary visa, as she is back home and her residency is valid up to September 2018? If not, can she come back using the same residency, once my visa is renewed?

Name withheld

Answer: Under the new regulations, to occupy certain positions you need to hold a university degree and we believe ‘manager’ is one of the positions. The immigration authorities say you need an NOC from KES and we have no basis to challenge what they are saying.

On the other hand, you say it is impossible to get an NOC from (KES) and without the NOC you cannot proceed to process your residence.

In short what this means is that your stay in Kuwait is about to end unless there are some new developments to change the equation; as regard whether your wife can return to Kuwait while you are on temporary visa we think she can since your residence permit has not been cancelled and is still valid.

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