DNA tests to identify births outside Kuwait resulting from marriage to Kuwaiti’s

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 19: The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior Affairs said on Friday common committees involving personnel of the General Department of Nationality, Travel Documents and the Criminal Evidence division determine, with scientific methods, the Kuwaiti identity for persons born abroad. The commissions carry out the task in implementation of the law, for sake of protecting the Kuwaiti identity as well as for humanitarian causes. A press statement by the Interior Ministry has indicated the committees are tasked with examining some births outside the State of Kuwait resulting from marriage to Kuwaiti citizens.

These teams regularly visit the countries, where births purported to be from Kuwaiti parent (or parents), to take samples of the babies’ DNA for examination in Kuwait for certain verification. The DNA verification allows the newly-born to enter Kuwait as a citizen and avert complications for the parents and their children. The committees’ procedure of taking the DNA sample and matching it with the Kuwaiti father prevents manipulation or exploitation or resort to the embassy to request a document or entry visa. (KUNA)

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