Monday , December 17 2018

New visit visa rule – Parents stay in Kuwait

This is with reference to the new rule on visit visa. I got visit visa for my mother on July 19th (valid for 3 months) and she arrived to Kuwait on 4th of August just before one day of new rule. Accordingly, is she permitted to stay for three months from the date of her arrival or as per the new rule she needs to leave after completion of one month only. Appreciate if you could clarify.

Name withheld

Answer: Under the old rule on visit visas, it was only members of the immediate family (wife, husband and children) who had three-month visa validity to stay in Kuwait. Indeed other members of the family (mother, father, children) could only stay for one month when on visit.

With the new rules all visitors to Kuwait (except husband, wife and children) can only stay for a period of one month without any extension except in an emergency situation where a two-week extension can be considered.

Your mom therefore should have left Kuwait on Sept 4 and if she hasn’t she is living in Kuwait illegally and for each day she has stayed in Kuwait after Sept 4 she has to pay a penalty of KD 10.

Meanwhile, there is yet another rule change to visit visas. Under this newest rule immediate family members (husband, wife and children) can now stay for three months.

The rule also says this category of applicants who earlier applied and were given one-month stay can reapply to be given three months.

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