Kuwait Embassy in Canada

The Embassy of Kuwait in Canada provides consular assistance to Kuwaiti citizens who are residing or planning to reside in Canada. The Kuwaiti Embassy also serves foreigners who want to visit or work in Kuwait.

This guide tells you all you need to know about the services offered by the Embassy of Kuwait in Ottawa, including processing times, fees, procedures you have to follow and documents you’ll need.

Embassy of Kuwait in Canada

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Embassy of Kuwait Ottawa

The Kuwaiti Embassy legalizes Canadian documents that have first been authenticated by Global Affairs Canada. Business and trade documents must also be authenticated by the local Canadian Chamber of Commerce or Local Canadian Board of Trade and have a notary public or lawyer’s signature.

The Embassy of Kuwait also provides other consular services, including visa applications and applications for emergency travel documents in case of newborns or expired/lost passports.

Contact details

Embassy of Kuwait Canada

Opening Hours

Payment methods

The fees must be paid in Canadian dollars with a money order payable to the “Embassy of the State of Kuwait”, unless otherwise indicated.

Legalization

The Kuwaiti Embassy in Canada must legalize documents before they can be used in Kuwait for business matters.

This process is called legalization, attestation, authentication, or apostille. There are subtle (yet important) differences to each of these, but the terms are often used interchangeably.

Below, you can find a table with valuable information on the Kuwaiti Embassy attestation process, including costs and timelines for legalizing the following documents:

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Packing List
  • Other Certificates

The tables below treat the authentication of documents by the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa as outlined in the Spain Embassy in Canada Official Website.

Canadian documents
When is an attestation needed?
Canadian documents must be legalized by the Canadian authorities and then by the Embassy of Kuwait in Canada to be legally approved for use in Kuwait
Description
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Packing List
  • Other Certificates
Who can apply?
Persons who need to use trade/business or other documents in Kuwait.
Fee (in CAD)
Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin
Packing List
Other Certificates
60 per document
90 per document
30 per document
Processing Time
Unkown
Criteria for attestation

Prior to being sent to the Embassy of Kuwait in Canada, you must make sure that your trade/business documents:

  • Are certified by the local Canadian Chamber of Commerce or Local Canadian Board of Trade (make sure that the name of the authorized signature is visible on every document)
  • Have a notary public or lawyer’s signature
  • Are authenticated by Global Affairs Canada.

 

Other certificates only require authentication by Global Affairs Canada prior to being sent to the Kuwaiti Embassy.

How to submit

By mail:

  • When sending your documents, include a prepaid FedEx waybill, Purolator, UPS, DHL or Express post envelope. Include also a Waybill. This is for the Embassy to return your documents.
  • Include a printed computer label that states your name, address, phone numbers, and courier account number.

 

In person:

  • Submit your documents between 9.00AM and 12.30PM at the Kuwaiti Embassy.
  • You will be contacted to pick up your documents once they’re legalized.
Submission Notes
Pay the fees with a money order payable to the “Embassy of the State of Kuwait.
Canadian documents
When is an attestation needed?
Canadian documents must be legalized by the Canadian authorities and then by the Embassy of Kuwait in Canada to be legally approved for use in Kuwait
Description
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Packing List
  • Other Certificates
Who can apply?
Persons who need to use trade/business or other documents in Kuwait.
Fee (in CAD)
Commercial Invoice
60 per document
Certificate of Origin
90 per document
Packing List
90 per document
30 per document
Other Certificates
Processing Time
Unkown
Criteria for attestation

Prior to being sent to the Embassy of Kuwait in Canada, you must make sure that your trade/business documents:

  • Are certified by the local Canadian Chamber of Commerce or Local Canadian Board of Trade (make sure that the name of the authorized signature is visible on every document)
  • Have a notary public or lawyer’s signature
  • Are authenticated by Global Affairs Canada.

 

Other certificates only require authentication by Global Affairs Canada prior to being sent to the Kuwaiti Embassy.

How to submit

By mail:

  • When sending your documents, include a prepaid FedEx waybill, Purolator, UPS, DHL or Express post envelope. Include also a Waybill. This is for the Embassy to return your documents.
  • Include a printed computer label that states your name, address, phone numbers, and courier account number.

 

In person:

  • Submit your documents between 9.00AM and 12.30PM at the Kuwaiti Embassy.
  • You will be contacted to pick up your documents once they’re legalized.
Submission Notes
Pay the fees with a money order payable to the “Embassy of the State of Kuwait.

FAQs

The first step is to get your Canadian documents authenticated by Global Affairs Canada. However, Commercial Invoices, Certificates of Origin, Packing Lists, and other documents related to business or trade must be authenticated by the Chamber of Commerce or Board of Trade in Canada. These types of documents must also have a notary public or lawyer’s signature.

After this process of authentication, you can send the documents for Kuwaiti Embassy attestation by mail or in person. You must issue payment via money order payable to the “Embassy of the State of Kuwait.” Our helpful guide above details where to mail the documents, how to mail them, the fees for each document, and also how to submit them in person.

Most employers will ask for an attested degree. This is done to avoid onboarding fraudulent candidates.

Apart from an attested degree, in order to work in Kuwait, you need a valid employment offer from a private company or a Kuwaiti government organization. Your employer then applies for the iqama on your behalf. The required documents to obtain a work visa include:

  • A passport
  • A completed visa application
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Clear medical test results
  • A health certificate from a local doctor
  • Clean police record


You can read more about these requirements in the visa tables below.

Personal and educational documents must be attested by the relevant authorities before they can be submitted to Kuwaiti officials.
Embassy of Kuwait in Canada

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Visas at the Embassy of Kuwait Canada

The Embassy of Kuwait in Canada also processes visa applications. The following tables outline the fees, document requirements, processing times, and submission details for the following types of visas:

  • Visit Visa
  • For business
  • For relatives
  • Work Visa
  • Diplomatic Visa
Visit Visa
When is this visa needed?
For visitors to enter Kuwait and stay for a maximum of 30 days. It is valid for entry within 90 days of issue. If it’s a multiple entry visit visa, you can visit Kuwait as many times as you want for one year.
Description
  • Visit Visa for Business
  • Visit Visa for Relatives
Who can apply?
Persons who are visiting Kuwait.
Fee (in Kuwaiti Dinar)
3.00
Processing Time
2 working days
Criteria for visa
You must be in possession of:
  • A return ticket
  • A passport valid for more than 6 months from the date of travel to Kuwait
  To obtain a Kuwait visit visa for business, you need:
  • Sponsorship from a Kuwait company or Kuwait resident
  • A visa application and security form filled out by your sponsor
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your sponsor’s signature
  • A copy of your sponsor’s letter of invitation to business, which states the purpose of your visit.
  To obtain a visit visa for relatives, you need:
  • Proof of relationship or kinship to family members currently living in Kuwait
  • Copy of your passport
  • Original and copy of your sponsor’s civil ID (or family member who resides in Kuwait)
  • A visa application filled out by yourself
  • Your sponsor’s recent salary certificate
    • Your sponsor must make at least KD450.00 a month if working for the government
    • Or at least KD650.00 a month if working for the private sector
How to submit
  • Go to the Embassy and submit the necessary documents to obtain the type of visa you need.
  • Fill in the application form for your visa.
  • Pay the fee.
Submission Notes
Pay the fees with a money order payable to the “Embassy of the State of Kuwait.
Work Visa
When is this visa needed?
When you wish to work in Kuwait.
Description
Work Visa
Who can apply?
Persons who want to work in Kuwait.
Fee (in Kuwaiti Dinar)
3.00
Processing Time
Unkown
Criteria for visa

You’ll need the following:

  • Your passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel to Kuwait
  • A completed and signed visa application
  • One passport size photo
  • A work visa that your employer sends to you
  • An Original Health Certificate stamped by a doctor
  • A photocopy of negative lab results for HIV (AIDS test), hepatitis B and C, syphilis
  • Police clearance from RCMP
  • The document has to be stamped by RCMP and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
How to submit
  • Send all the documents by mail.
  • Use a UPS envelope and enclose a return UPS envelope
  • Include a computer-generated waybill that contains your return address and phone number
Submission Notes
Pay the fees with a money order payable to the “Embassy of the State of Kuwait.
Diplomatic Visa
When is this visa needed?
For diplomats visiting Kuwait on behalf of their national government.
Description
Diplomatic Visa
Who can apply?
Diplomats visiting Kuwait on official business.
Fee (in Kuwaiti Dinar)
3.00
Processing Time
Unkown
Criteria for visa

You’ll need the following:

  • A diplomatic passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel to Kuwait
  • A completed and signed visa application
  • One passport size photo
  • An original diplomatic note that states what you’ll be doing in Kuwait and for how long, and your address.
How to submit
Not indicated
Submission Notes
  • Pay the fees with a money order payable to the “Embassy of the State of Kuwait.
  • This type of visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue and allows you to stay in Kuwait for a month.
  • You will be contacted to pick up your passport once it's ready.

Consular Services for Kuwait citizens in Canada

Other services at the Kuwaiti Embassy in Ottawa include the issuing of emergency travel documents. These are issued when your Kuwaiti passport is lost or expired, or in case of the birth of a Kuwaiti national in Canada.
Emergency Travel Document
When is this visa needed?
In case your passport is lost or expired, or for a Kuwaiti newborn.
Description
  • Emergency Travel Document for a Kuwaiti newborn
  • Emergency Travel Document for expired and lost Kuwaiti passports
Who can apply?
Kuwait residents in Canada who wish to travel to Kuwait.
Fee (in CAD)
60
Processing Time
Unkown
Criteria for visa

For an emergency travel document for a newborn, you’ll need the following:

  • A completed and signed application form, filled in by the parents
  • Three passport size photographs
  • A copy of the mother and father’s passports
  • Original birth certificate - has to be authenticated by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • A copy of the marriage certificate
  • 30 CAD for the Embassy of Kuwait to legalize the birth certificate

 

For an emergency travel document for an expired Kuwaiti passport, you’ll need:

  • Two completed and signed application forms
  • Two passport size photographs
  • The original expired Kuwait passport
  • A document proving your status in Canada - a copy of study or work permit
  • A copy of your civil ID

 

For an emergency travel document for a lost Kuwaiti passport, you’ll need:

  • Complete Canadian police report
  • Photocopy of the last passport if you have it
  • Your civil ID
  • A document proving your status in Canada - a copy of study or work permit
How to submit
  • Send all the documents by mail.
  • Enclose a prepaid FedEx waybill, Purolator, UPS, DHL, or Express post envelope
  • Include a computer-generated waybill that contains your name, address, phone number, and courier account number for the return.
Submission Notes
  • Pay the fees with a money order payable to the “Embassy of the State of Kuwait.”
    • You can issue one money order of 90 CAD if paying for both the travel document and the legalization of a newborn’s birth certificate
  • An emergency travel document is only valid for one trip.
  • It is valid for one month from the date of issue.
  • If the baby is older than 3 months, you’ll need prior authorization from Kuwait.

FAQs II

You can apply for a visit visa for Canada at the Canadian visa office for your area (for Kuwait, the office is in Abu Dhabi). Follow this instruction guide issued by the Government of Canada to see the documents you’ll need to obtain a visa.

Yes, they can. Kuwaitis need a visa to enter Canada. You can see the details on obtaining one here.

Around 7,000 Canadians are living in Kuwait. They are employed in a number of areas, such as the oil industry, academic institutions, government, health, financial services and engineering.

IN CONCLUSION

Thanks to this guide, you should have a clearer idea of the attestation process at the Embassy of Kuwait Canada, along with the other services offered: applications for visas and emergency travel documents.

There are a lot of guidelines to go through to submit your documents correctly for legalization, especially ahead of a move, a new job, or a commercial undertaking.

At DAC, we help facilitate the legalization of documents in Canada, navigating through the bureaucracy on your behalf so that you avoid unnecessary delays. Get in touch with our expert team on 1-855-700-5840 to request a quote and a free document evaluation.

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Nidhal is an expert in the international community in Ottawa and is currently completing his paralegal license. He manages all client relationships and oversees DAC’s daily operations.