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Thursday , October 22 2020

Family Visa

I want to know about family visas. I and my wife are working in Kuwait and both are having independent visas (Article 18). I get a KD 350 salary. Now my wife is pregnant and the child’s delivery will be here in Kuwait. I will sponsor my child on a dependent residence. Now my wife has resigned from her company, which may not give her a release.

So if she cancels her work permit and leaves Kuwait … and my child remains on a family visa what will happen if there is a decision to impose a KD 450 ceiling for a family visa. In such a case will I be able to bring my wife on a family visa to Kuwait?

Name withheld
Answer: We do not talk about hypothetical situations and as such we will also not comment on the above issue because there are a lot of “ifs” and “whens” in your question.

So far, the move to raise the salary ceiling, for family visas, from KD 250 to KD 450 is just a proposal as there has been no decision on the issue. But we would, however, like to comment on “independent” visas. There is no such thing. This term is only used by visa traffickers and the purchasers of such visas.

The visa buyers are led to believe that once they have acquired the visa they can work wherever they want without restrictions… well, that happens until they are caught by labor inspectors. This is when their sponsors disown them. Please do not use this term again because you could be arrested and deported if it is discovered that you “bought” the visas.

The best way out, if the company doesn’t give the release, is ask the company to cancel the residence and you immediately apply for a family visa.

In this way you can get your wife out and back into Kuwait very quickly, before there is any change in the laws – which, however, doesn’t look very likely at the moment.

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