How can I enroll in Apple's Developer Program from Kuwait?

I am from Kuwait. I have Apple IDs associated with the USA and associated with my country of origin. When I try to enroll with my Kuwait based account, I keep getting an error saying:

Sorry, you can’t enroll at this time.

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The short answer is you can’t join if Apple doesn’t offer a store and that SKU in your place of legal residence.

You’d likely want to consult a lawyer familiar with the implications setting up a new legal residence elsewhere or form a company with a legal presence / residence elsewhere. This is more of a bureaucratic / taxation / legal problem than a technical one.

At a high level, you don’t get the enter into an NDA to accept confidential builds from apple and you don’t get to list on the stores and get paid when you’re not from the countries where Apple is set up today. You can start building and installing apps yourself, though without needing a dev account.

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  • And when I say set up a company, I do not mean a trivial shell corporation but legitimately choosing a place and team to do business. – bmike Jul 7 '19 at 12:43
  • can I buy it with us account – Hamany Jul 7 '19 at 18:36
  • @Hamany Not unless you have a US presence and can enter a contract with a US address. – bmike Jul 7 '19 at 18:39
  • I found out you can but I can not enroll because im 18 I can enroll with my own country when i turn 21 – Hamany Jul 9 '19 at 16:02
  • in the US (18-Year-old or older ) in Kuwait (21-Year-old or older) – Hamany Jul 9 '19 at 16:04

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