Monday , October 23 2017

Visit Visas For Pakistani Nationals

The other day we read in the newspaper that was no ban on any nationality as regards the issuance of visit visas.

I am a Pakistani and recently went to the Farwaniya Immigration Department to submit an application for a visit visa but the immigration officer refused to accept my application and said that I should approach the head of the Ministry of Interior to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC).

We know well no one will entertain us there too.

Is this another way of rejecting our application.

Please advise how to get the visas for our children?

Name withheld

Answer: Like the official said “there is no ban on the issuance of visas to any nationality”… there are only some “restrictions”. The Kuwait Interior Ministry has already detailed which categories of Pakistan can receive the various types of visas and the procedure involved in getting these.

All types of visas are being issued to Pakistan but these are limited in number as the procedures to obtain these have been tightened.

In some cases, there is a requirement to obtain an NOC from the Ministry of Interior.

Applications in this regard are received by the Ministry of Interior in Sharq and the authority to issue these NOCs has now been delegated to an Assistant Undersecretary at the ministry.

Earlier, this authority only lay with the Undersecretary, a very senior official whose ranking came only after the minister.

So, visit the Ministry of Interior and apply for the NOC. Yes, it will be difficult but then a lot of Pakistanis have managed to get these NOCs so why not you. Just try your luck, you could very well succeed.

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