Kuwait to reopen family visit visas for expats

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KUWAIT CITY, June 10: There is a growing trend to reinstate the acceptance of family visit visa applications. After a hiatus lasting several months, Kuwait may once again allow families to apply for visit visas, enabling them to reunite with their loved ones in the country.

In recent developments, Kuwait is set to reopen family visa applications after completing the necessary procedures and requirements related to visa issuance. The eligibility criteria for applicants will include salary and job considerations, with priority given to first-degree relatives.

These developments signify a positive shift in Kuwait’s visa policies, catering to various aspects of social life and strengthening family ties.

Minister Talal Al-Khaled issued a decision to introduce a new clause to Article 4 of Ministerial Resolution No. 957/2019. This amendment establishes a new type of entry visa for practicing sports, cultural, or social activities in Kuwait, reports Al Rai. The visa will be granted by the General Directorate of Residence Affairs upon submission of a request by recognized sports clubs, accredited cultural and social institutions, bodies, or associations, in adherence to the guidelines set by the General Directorate of Residence Affairs.

Under this decision, the visa allows temporary residence in Kuwait for a duration of 3 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to one year from the date of entry, as stipulated in Article 11 of Amiri Decree No. 17 of 1959.

The move to grant visas for sports, cultural, or social activities for a period of 3 months, with the option for extension, has received praise from sources. They believe it will facilitate various related activities and stimulate economic and commercial movement in the country.

Moreover, the Ministry of Interior is currently working on implementing a specialized mechanism to streamline the visa application process. This includes introducing electronic appointments to streamline the review process at the residence affairs departments in accordance with established procedures.

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