Wednesday , October 18 2017

Driving License validity after transfer to dependent from work visa

My parents are here in Kuwait … dad is retiring from his work in April, mom is a house wife and I am the only son and would like to transfer my dad’s residency to my sponsorship.

In case I succeed to transfer his residence please advise whether my dad’s driving license will be valid as it is expiring in the year 2021 and the license was issued in the year 1978. Also, note that he has been in Kuwait since that year and we only exited the Kuwait during the invasion time and he came back in 1993. Your legal opinion on the above will be highly appreciated.

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Answer: First of all let us make it very clear that it has become very difficult for expatriates to sponsor their parents as dependents … but as your parents are already in the country it is possible that such a transfer may be allowed.

Secondly, on the issue of the driving license … it is very possible that your father could lose his driving license because as a dependent he is not entitled to one unless the authorities take a lenient view of the fact that he has held the license for 37 years.

This is our view because neither the Traffic Department nor the Interior Ministry have addressed the status of driving licenses of expatriates who change their residence status from work permit to dependent

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