Yesterday a family member needed to renew their passport so we went to the newly opened Cox and Kings Global Services office in Sharq to submit an application. The visa and passport services of the Indian Embassy have been moved from BLS International to Cox and Kings.
The good thing about the move is that they’re now in 3 locations in Kuwait so that makes it easier for those living in the suburbs. We went to the branch in Behbehani Complex in Sharq and got our work done in less than 15 minutes.
They’ve got a whole bunch of value added services [link] including passport delivery which I think is quite convenient if you don’t have the time to go there or work in a double shift job. There are 6 counters to submit your applications and a mini snack counter that also serves coffee.
Here are the locations; Sharq, Fahaheel and Jleeb Al Shuyoukh (for some reason many Indians refer to Jleeb Al Shuyoukh as Shuwaikh)
From Kuwait Upto Date [link]
In light of current events I guess this will be helpful in case you’re worried about whom to approach for help.
The Embassy has been in regular contact with local authorities regarding the ongoing checking of expatriates. The Embassy has also conveyed to them the concerns, fears and apprehensions of the community in this regard. The authorities in Kuwait have conveyed that strict instructions have been issued to ensure that there is no harassment or improper treatment of expatriates by those undertaking checking. They have also said that should there be any complaint, the same could be conveyed at the following:
Inspection Department Ministry of Interior, Kuwait Fax: 22435580 Mob:
Thanks Raj: Update:
The Operations Department of Ministry of Interior Kuwait has issued the following telephone contact numbers 24768146 and 25200334 instead of Tel No.66906651 that was mentioned earlier.
This is for residents who feel they are unduly harassed and/or improperly treated during security checks by the concerned authorities.
The Embassy would like to request Indian expatriates to ensure that they abide by all local laws, rules and regulations regarding Residency, Traffic and other matters. It would be prudent to always carry Civil ID and other relevant documents such as Driving License, etc. In case, an Indian expatriate encounters any improper treatment during checking, it may be conveyed immediately with full details and contact particulars to the Embassy at the following:
Phone No: 67623639 E-Mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Going to the Indian Embassy is often a dreaded task for me since it involves waiting for hours(in my mind) in the queue at the gate and then making a mad dash to the counters and then hurrying back and forth for the affidavits. This time around I had to get new passports for my wife and daughter and found out that some of the tasks of the embassy are now being carried out by BLS International in Sharq and Fahaheel.
It didn’t take more than 5 minutes between the time it took me to get a token and my number being called. I had the same experience 4 days later when I went to collect the new passports. They have at least 4 people running the counters simultaneously and I didn’t spend more than 10 minutes in total. Their timing is convenient too, so you can pick up your documents or submit an application after work 😀
BLS International website [Link]
Emad Commercial Center, Basement floor, Ahmed Al Jaber Street, Sharq, Kuwait city
Telephone: 22986607 – Telefax: 22470006
Mujamma Unood, 4th floor, Office no. 25-26, Makka Street, Entrance 5, Fahaheel, Kuwait
The number of Indian associations in Kuwait seems to be increasing and thats a good sign. People will have a wide choice of cultural clubs to join or maybe even find that their college alumni has a branch here! The Indian Embassy in Kuwait requires that each association register themselves with the Embassy along with details of the office bearers and signatures of all the members. They’ve got an updated list on their website and you can download it [here]
Theres another list from Konkani World.com but it looks like they haven’t updated it in a while. [link]