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Visa Transfer to another Sponsor Guidelines

KUWAIT LABOR LAW: How can I get a release from the old company? Private Sector
I am writing this article for all the workers in Kuwait who want to get a release from the company and transfer their Visa to another Sponsor. Many workers in Kuwait don’t know about how to gain release from the company. But, after reading this article you will come to know about the rules & procedure for getting a release.

Kuwait Transfer Visa

Private Visa:
According to Kuwait labor Law 6/2010 if you’re working in a private sector then following rules apply to you:
1. If Company brings you to Kuwait from your home country on their visa, you are bound to work for them at least three years unless they allow you to leave the company before three years completion of the agreement on their wish.
2. If a company locally-hired, you in Kuwait. A worker can get a release before completing the one-year service agreement which he/she signed under the Kuwait Labor Law.
3. If you’re under 100 days of the probation period, you can leave anytime.
4. There are two types of contract which you signed before starting a job:
a. Specified Contract: If you signed this contract under the Kuwait Labor Law: Article 44 before joining the company. Then, only you must inform at least three months before leaving a company.
b. Not-Specified Contract: If you signed this type of contract before joining the company. Then you can’t leave before completing the period.

Procedure to get the release:
According to the Kuwait Labor Law: Article 18. A Worker in Kuwait in the civil sector can transfer their residence to another sponsor. The procedure for getting release are listed below:
1. Get transfer paper (Kafala) from your new company.
2. Attached all documents including passport copy, Residency copy, Civil ID copy, EZN AMAL (Work Permit), ETIMAD TAWKEA (Authorized Signatory) and submit to your old company.
3. After getting release papers from your old company to add more documents listed below:
a. Two (2) Passport size photos.
b. Health insurance certificate.
4. After completing all documents submit it to another company.

Government Visa:

According to Kuwait labor Law 6/2010 if you’re working in a private sector with government project visa then following rules apply to you:

  1. If Company brings you to Kuwait from your home country on government project visa, then you are not able to transfer your residence till the end of the project.
  2. Under roles and regulations, you can only able to transfer a visa from the government project of the same sponsor to another government project of a different sponsor.
  3. The current charges of transferring visa from government to another government project with a different government project.
  4. A transfer fee of government project visa is KD 200 with the same sponsor on another project and 300 KD with a different sponsor on another project.
  5. It is possible by paying 350 KD for transferring your residency (iqama) to the main file of the same sponsor So, it’s possible to get change your work permit to company.

Procedure to get the release:
The procedure of getting a release in the government project is little same.

  1. Get transfer paper (Kafala) from running government project.
    Attached all documents including passport copy, Residency (iqama) copy, Civil ID copy, EZN AMAL (Work Permit), ETIMAD TAWKEA (Authorized Signatory) and submit to your old company.
    3. After getting release papers from your old company to add more documents listed below:
    a. Two (2) Passport size photos.
    b. Health insurance certificate.
  2. Deposit 200 KD renewal of residency (iqama) on the same project.
  3. Deposit 300 KD if transferring residency (iqama) to another government project.
  4. After completing all documents submit it to another company.

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