Amir’s envoy (center, left), with Prince Salman and the delegation.
‘MPs prep to open citizenship file for Kuwaitis’ foreign wives’ Plans to prioritize naturalizing Bedoun army men

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 4: A number of lawmakers have reportedly started preparations for opening a file for the naturalization of non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaitis, provided these women declare their desire to acquire the Kuwaiti citizenship and meet all the conditions, reports Al-Mostagbal daily quoting sources.
Sources clarified the previous request for the naturalization of these women remains hanging in the balance because Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud has yet to issue a decision on the cancellation of the verbal instructions of his predecessor, Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid, in this regard. Sources said the lawmakers have agreed on opening another naturalization file for female foreigners married to Kuwaitis in accordance with Article 8 of law number 15/1959, which grants these women right to obtain Kuwaiti citizenship as long as they announce their desire to do so and have been married for 15 years since the declaration of their wish to be naturalized.

Sources confirmed the Interior Ministry had previously presented a proposal to naturalize these women, even without meeting the 15-year condition, in case of the husband’s death or divorce and the children should be under the mother’s custody. In a related development, sources affirmed Sheikh Ahmad is keen on finalizing the naturalization file of Bedouns and grant them their civil rights. Sources added the proposed naturalization of 2,000 Bedouns annually, which has been approved by the National Assembly, will be implemented soon.

Sources pointed out the government intends to prioritize the naturalization of Bedoun military men classified into three groups: (A) those included in the 1965 Census, have been in service for more than 30 years, with Kuwaiti relatives and have participated in Arab wars; (B) those included in the 1965 Census and with Kuwaiti relatives; and (C) those who hold higher academic certificates and have spent long years in service. Sources confirmed the naturalization of Bedoun military men is one of the priorities of First Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.
Sources asserted the Interior and Defense Affairs Committee at the Parliament has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Interior to hold a series of meetings to finalize procedures for the naturalization of Bedoun military personnel.

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