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crashartist1



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:41 am    Post subject: living in Kuwait but working in Saudi Reply with quote

I will be returning to Saudi shortly to work in Khafji (border of Kuwait).

Anyone have any information on if it is possible to obtain a permit to live in Kuwait?

thanks,

crash
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usa_in_gulf



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is possible. The company needs to arrange this for you. However, not a lot of people do it because the drive is about an hour or so from Khafji to the nearest "populated" area worth living in (Fahaheel area).
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rowntree



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are now building up Khiran as a city area ( as opposed to a chalet area). There may be accom there. But I thought that workers for the oil companies could travel freely back and forth- are you working for Saudis or Kuwaitis in Khafji?
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usa_in_gulf



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most employees are issued a "border pass"-- you don't have to apply for a visa to cross the boarder in either direction--but you still have to present your passport along with the "pass" at the border.

However, if you want to reside in Kuwait--rent a place, etc...you will need Kuwait residency.
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crashartist1



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be working for the Saudi side, although I would much rather have a contract through the Kuwaiti side of the operations.

Mrs. USA in the Gulf, as you have the most experience living in Kuwait I'll direct this question to you. If my work VISA is for Saudi Arabia is it possible to get a permit to live in Kuwait. Ok, I am sure it is not the easiest of things, but is it impossible?
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15yearsinQ8



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no
a work permit is issued for one GCC country at a time
what you can have is a valid tourist visa to enter / leave Kuwait with multiple entries/exits
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crashartist1



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I don't want to work in Kuwait, I just want to live there... The government should like that... earn money in Saudi and spend it in Kuwait...

Nothing is ever easy...
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15yearsinQ8



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there are no seperate visas for living and working
they are one and the same
visit visa - multipple entry is the way to go
but it has to be renewed every 90 days
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crashartist1



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but I can't rent a flat with that type of VISA in Kuwait... Can I?
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15yearsinQ8



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not legally - depends on landlord, but remember if things go south, you won't have legal rights
and a visit visa will not get you a civil id
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usa_in_gulf



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your only chance is if your company has a branch in Kuwait or if they have a working relationship/agreement with a Kuwaiti company.

Kuwait work permits, or iquamas, can only be obtained through Kuwaiti companies. The goverment gives each company/organization a certain amount of iquamas depending on the size/type of business of the organization. Once an iquama is issued for you-- then you get a civil id (residency)- which you need to rent an apartment etc ....

That being said, you first step is to make your wishes known to your employer. They may have a branch/office in Kuwait or they may have contacts in Kuwait that would "set you up" with residency in Kuwait. My former neighbor was in your same situation. He wanted to live in Kuwait because he had children--the nearest English language school (besides the Indian School on the Saudi side) was in Fahaheel, Kuwait. His work permit was issued from Saudi-- I forget the name of his employer--but his company arranged for a Kuwaiti company to issue a work permit, and then residency, for himself, wife and children.

PSS-- However, plesae note, that the cost of living is cheaper on the Saudi side. The husband does the weekly food shopping, etc on the Saudi side and apartments are a bit cheaper on the Saudi side also.
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crashartist1



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, I prefer to do things by the book... Even though in most cases the ex-pats get screwed anyway...
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crashartist1



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the information. I will live on the Saudi side for the first year but during that year I want to try and proceed about getting a flat in Kuwait. I know Kuwait is more expensive but as a single man with a girlfriend in Germany who is extremely upset (but wonderfully understanding) about my move it will be far easier to maintain my relationship and my very well paying job over the long run...
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grab-bag



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of the places in Khafji allow people to apply for dual residency in Kuwait. They know most foreigners can't stand it there and almost everyone heads to Kuwait or the Bahrain Causeway for the weekend.

There is literally nothing to do in Khafji other than hang out at Burger King.
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crashartist1



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy shit! They have a burger king now!?!?! that is fantastic!
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