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Project visa transfer

I am writing for the purpose of getting a clear understanding and guide from you very end. I was hired abroad under a government project visa. I have been working for almost 3 years now here in Kuwait. My company notified me that my contract project is already finished.

Now, they asked me to transfer to another government visa project and pay all the fees needed amounting to KD 360.

I want to ask if it is possible for me to transfer to my husband’s visa as dependent. His salary is only KD 350. If it is possible, how much fees needed for me to be able to process the transfer? Hoping for a favorable response from you.

Name withheld

Answer: Under the current and other decisions, it is permissible to transfer only to another government project of the same sponsor, or another government project of a different sponsor if the current project is done with, or to the general file of the current sponsor. Under these decisions therefore you cannot transfer to your husband’s sponsorship.

Even if room was made for you to transfer to your husband’s sponsorship, it would still not be possible since your husband’s salary is below the KD 450 salary cap.

If you therefore want to keep the job it would be safer for you to pay the KD 360 for transfer to another government project. It will not however be out of place to demand to know the breakdown of the amount quoted for the transfer to be made. For your information there is a KD 300 fee for transfer from one government project, on its completion, to another government with a different sponsor.

However, to transfer to another government project of the same sponsor the fee is KD 200. There is another possibility which you can take advantage of. Under this arrangement you pay KD 350 to transfer your permit to the main file of the same sponsor. For the avoidance of doubt you should check from your sponsor to know under which of the above scenarios your transfer will take place — that is if you make up your mind on the offer made.

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