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Wednesday , December 1 2021

Absence in country over 6 months

I have a question with regard to my baby’s residency. He was born in Kuwait and he is now 7 months old. For some treatment he left Kuwait on April 1, after he finished all his residency paper works. By end of September he will lose his residency due to absence of 6 months in Kuwait. Now my baby is not healthy for a long journey, so my question is there any chance to get an extension for his residency status. If possible to whom I have to meet and what all documents I have to submit. I am staying in Riggae and my residence office is under Farwaniya Governorate. So please advise me in this regard.

Name withheld

Answer: As you indicated, a residence visa is cancelled if the holder is absent abroad for a continuous period of six months. In spite of this rule some exceptions are made for those (1) studying abroad, (2) receiving treatment abroad and (3) required by virtue of their work to be abroad.

It is important to note that in all these three cases mentioned above, the provison is that prior permission must be obtained before leaving Kuwait. Unfortunately you never sought for this permission for your child before he left Kuwait.

We are however not in a position to say if something can be done about it now or not. We therefore advise that you seek clarification from the Immigration Department in your area for better particulars on the issue. We must stress that this should be done as fast as possible before the expiry of the six-month period. No one at the immigration will take on your case if the period is even exceeded by one minute.

Before going to the Immigration Department arm yourself with a letter from the hospital where your child is on admission indicating that the child is not healthy enough to embark on a long journey. We wish you the best of luck.

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