Kuwaiti Citizenship

Kuwait’s government is keen to protect the status quo and doesn’t want to compromise its cultural values or standard of living by allowing foreigners to become a permanent part of society. The only way to become a naturalized citizen is by marriage to a national; even this, however, doesn’t guarantee citizenship, particularly for non-Muslims.

In exceptional circumstances only, Kuwait’s ruler might grant citizenship to a foreigner who has provided outstanding service to the state over a number of years. A generous employer might reward a loyal worker who has made a major contribution to the company over many years by providing him with work and residence permit of indefinite duration. After retirement, however, the employer would have to be a figure of considerable influence to maintain this gift and satisfy the Labor authorities.

Children of foreigners born in Kuwait don’t have rights of local citizenship and automatically assume the nationality of the parents. If one of the parents is a national of Kuwait, the child will usually be granted local nationality and may later become a national of Kuwait and obtain a local passport. It’s recommended to fully acquaint yourself with the implications of giving birth in Kuwait.

In many cases, the child isn’t affected, but any children that he has might not enjoy the same rights of nationality, citizenship, abode, among other things, as his parents and grandparents.

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