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Visa cancellation and Retirement age

Retirement age in Kuwait

In the public sector in Kuwait, the retirement age is 60 years in some areas, and this has been relaxed to 65 (in special cases).

In the private sector in Kuwait, however, there is no specific retirement age being mentioned, as the laws regarding retirement for those already working in Kuwait and age limit for hiring people from overseas are different. In general, there is no mandatory retirement age in Kuwait, as it is only applicable to those contributing towards Kuwait’s Social Security Fund, and is mostly applicable to those working in government sector.

Generally, expatriates who are 60 years or above are not given work permit, unless they obtain a special exemption from relevant authorities. So, in case you fall under higher age group (60 years or more), your company will have to gain a special exemption for you. However, you should know that several companies don’t hire candidates over 60 years, as this involves plenty of paperwork.

Meanwhile, there are plans by the ministry to further reduce the retirement age in Kuwait to 55 years for men and 50 years for women, taking into consideration the growing local manpower. As per the latest statistics released by the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS), the retirement age in public and private sectors in the UAE and Qatar is 60 years for both genders. In Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, it is 60 years for men and 55 years for women.

Visa Cancellation

As for visa cancellation on retirement, your employer can arrange for cancellation of your work permit and residence visa, when it is time for you to leave Kuwait. The procedure also involves closure of bank accounts, credit card cancellations, cancelling telephone subscriptions, electricity and water accounts, moving out of company accommodation, and all that is under the employer’s sponsorship.

For work permit cancellation, you may have to submit documents such as your original passport, sponsor’s passport copy, copy of establishment card, copy of commercial license, copies of application for cancellation prepared by typing agents with form duly signed by sponsor and the company’ seal.

For cancellations of Residence Visa, you may have to submit original passport, copy of valid commercial license, and copy of establishment card.

If you have a family under your sponsorship, it is mandatory to cancel the Family Residence Visa before starting the work permit cancellation process. The documents required for cancellation of Family Residence Visa are original passport of the sponsored family member, sponsor's passport copy, three copies of approved cancellation certificate filled up by typing agent, and copy of establishment card.

On completion of the procedures, and after cancellation of your Residence Permit, you will be issued ‘Temporary Visa 14’ for one month, in order to wind up your activities and leave Kuwait. When you cancel your residence, you will also have to ensure that the residencies of your family members in Kuwait, who are under your sponsorship, are also cancelled. On completing this, they will also be given one month temporary visa to wind up and leave Kuwait. Now, you can exit the country, or leave your family behind for the duration of their visa 14 validity.

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