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Rethink on family visas – Decision expected to freeze

KUWAIT CITY, June 4: The Ministry of Interior is expected to freeze its earlier decision which placed a ban on renewal of family visas for parents, siblings and other relatives except for some limited cases.

The decision, according to the concerned authority, was taken to reduce pressure on public services in general and healthcare in particular.

According to the reliable sources, the decision was criticized by the authorities at the highest level.

The authorities reportedly said such decision should have not been taken by a security leader without consulting the higher leadership because such decisions affect and influence the reputation of Kuwait at world level.

The decision was issued by the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah in the form of a circular to all directors of Residence Affairs departments.

In the circular, he explained that visas of wives and children should be renewed in line with Article 22.

The circular added, the affected family members of expatriate workers will be given three-month temporary visas to prepare themselves after which they must leave the country or face deportation.

Officials were urged to implement the circular and ensure reports were submitted concerning the limited exceptional cases that deserve review for exemption.

The officials had particularly singled out family members who had joined the expatriates in Kuwait from countries that are facing security unrests.

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