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Monday , January 18 2021

Categories exempted from salary cap to sponsor family visa

I am working as a medical lab technician in a private hospital in Kuwait. My basic salary is KD 420. Can I sponsor my wife and child with this salary?

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Answer: In accordance with a new decision issued by the Ministry of Interior recently, the minimum monthly salary required to obtain a family visa has been increased to KD 500 from KD 450. Some categories of workers are however exempted from meeting this condition. Answering your question directly, laboratory technicians in the public sector are among those who qualify for exemption. But as you are working in private hospital, we are of the opinion that you do not qualify for exemption and as your salary is below the minimum required, you can’t sponsor your wife and child on family visa. To clarify any doubts you may have about our expressed opinion, you can seek further clarification from the General Department of Residency Affairs.

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