KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22: Since some expatriates from certain nationalities need special approval from the security authorities to enter the country on new visas, this trend is linked to the ‘sale’ of visas by residence traders.
The sources said the more strict measures adopted on some nationalities, the higher the ‘sale price’ of visas.
According to the visa traders charge
Egyptian between KD 1,500 and KD 1,800;
Jordanians KD 1,000 and KD 1,200;
Lebanese KD 2,000 to KD 2,500
Iraqis KD 4,000 and KD 5,500.
In the case of Asians
Indians are charged between KD 500 and KD 700;
Bangladeshis KD 1,600 and KD 2,200;
Filipinos KD 400 a n d KD 600;
Afghans KD 3,000 and KD 5,000;
Pakistanis KD 2,500 and KD 3,500.
Among the Africans
Eritreans pay between 800 and KD 1,100
Madagascans KD 400 and KD 500.
Some sources say the black market is very big for visa traders in Kuwait. The business is brisk worth millions of dinars to an extent there are companies which make an annual profit of not less than 100,000 dinars a year using fake offices.
By Munaif Nayef
Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff