Diplomatic Enclave, Arabian Gulf Street, P.O. Box 1450, Safat-13015, Kuwait. Phone: 22530600, 22530612 - 14 Fax: 22546958, 22571192, 22573910, 22573902
Embassy Press Release

Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF)

For the welfare of Indian Community present in Kuwait, the Government of India has been providing financial assistance to distressed Indian nationals. During the year 2014, the Embassy raised Kuwaiti Dinars 1.59 lakh (about Indian Rupees 3.4 crore) as fees/contributions towards ICWF. An expenditure of Kuwaiti Dinars 39,000 (about Indian Rupees 84 lakh) was made for providing assistance to Indian nationals in Kuwait. In addition, a total contribution of over Kuwaiti Dinars 11 lakh (Indian Rupees 23 crore) for evacuation of stranded Indian nationals in Iraq and Libya was made.

2. The Embassy has been providing monetary help from the ICWF in following circumstances:

i) Boarding and lodging for distressed Indian Workers in domestic sectors (Article 20 visa);
ii) Extending emergency medical care to the Overseas Indians;
iii) Providing air passage to stranded and distressed Overseas Indians; and
iv) Expenditure on incidentals and for airlifting the mortal remains to India of the deceased Overseas Indians in cases where sponsors are unable or unwilling to do so as per the contracts and the families are also unable to meet the cost.

3. The number of cases during the year 2014 in which Embassy provided air ticket, medical care and contingency travel expenses to the distressed Indian Workers are as under:-

(During the Year 2014)


No. of air tickets

No. of Indian nationals provided contingency/travel expenses

Destitute workers accommodated in Embassy shelters (male/female)


KD 15,894

No. of Indian nationals provided for repatriation of hospitalization/escorts overseas Indian nationals to India.


KD 11,628

Airlifting of patients +escorts


KD   6,955

Airlifting of mortal remains to India


KD   4,013

Miscellaneous services


KD      510



KD 39,000

4. You are aware that a surcharge of KD 0.500 is collected by the Embassy on all passport, visa and consular services towards the ICWF.
14 January 2015

Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Arabian Gulf Street, P.O. Box 1450, Safat-13015, Kuwait.
Consular Services working hours: 8.00 A.M to 4.30 P. M (Sunday to Thursday)
Issue of Token: 8.00 A.M to 12.00 P.M & 1.30 P.M to 3.00 P.M
Embassy timing: Sunday to Thursday 8.00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M (Lunch Break: 1 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.)
Telephone Numbers: (00-965) 22530600, 22530612 - 14
Fax Number: (00-965) 22546958, 22571192, 22573910, 22573902

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