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‘Kuwaitis are most welcome’ - Delay in UK visa procedures denied

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 8: The British Embassy in Kuwait announced completing about 98 percent of visa applications in less than 15 days, affirming that Kuwaitis are the only nationality that use ‘’VISA LITE” application forms, and they are exempted from providing documents such as bank statements and accommodation booking for those applying for visit visa, to support their visa files, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

This was stated in response to an article published last Wednesday related to the issuance of visas for Kuwaiti nationals, wherein the article mentioned that Kuwaitis traveling to Britain wait for a whole month for their visas to be processed, noting there’s no truth in the allegation.

The Embassy continued saying ‘’the British government welcomes all Kuwaitis visiting Britain; in fact, the government encourages Kuwaitis to visit Britain’’. It added ‘’we are proud that Kuwaitis chose to visit Britain, and because of that, we keenly apply more efforts to facilitate the visa processing process for our Kuwaiti friends”.

The embassy indicated keenness to respond to all requests made by Kuwait’s Foreign Affairs where the embassy managed to form an organized work team in charge of immigration and visa affairs. The team has a high level administrative authority, as it works as part of the joint informative committee between Kuwait and the United Kingdom which discusses and responds to Kuwaiti applications, although there are challenges the team faces.

One of the challenges is rapid increase in the numbers of Kuwaitis applying for the UK visas, adding the embassy last year issued about 100 thousand visas, and the number has multiplied three-fold in the last three years and also increased this year.

The embassy assured that Kuwait will be among the countries to benefit from visa exemption through the electronic visa process. The system is tested and verified that it can handle a huge capacity of visa applications without technical hitches. This new system will allow Kuwaitis to register their personal accounts and be able to apply and submit their visa applications at least 48 hours before their journey. The new system will also exempt them from acquiring multiple entry visas and the exemption system will be completely free.

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