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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 18: In line with Kuwait moving towards returning to normal life, achieving family stability for expatriates, especially for professions that the state needs, and compensating for any shortage of manpower in agricultural professions and the like, the Directorate General of Residency Affairs, during a meeting held on Sunday, presented several recommendations related to allowing the issuance of family entry visas, and commercial and tourist visas for a number of categories, reports Al-Anba daily. According to a security source, these recommendations will be submitted first to the Assistant Undersecretary for Residency Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major General Anwar Al-Barjas for review. They will be decided on by the Minister of Interior Sheikh Thamer Al-Ali and the Undersecretary of the ministry Lieutenant General Sheikh Faisal Al- Nawaf following discussion and submission to the Cabinet. The competent bodies would decide on those recommendations, and they would start working accordingly as soon as they are approved.
Aspects The recommendations regarding entry aspects concluded during the meeting and submitted by the Director General of the General Department of Residency Affairs, Brigadier-General Hamad Al- Tawala, include the following – Governmental medical sector
■ Allowing all medical personnel working in the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense, National Guard and Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation who meet the conditions of joining a family to bring their wives and children with a family entry visa.
■ Allowing female doctors and nurses to bring their husbands and children under the age of 16 with a visa to join a family, according to the terms of the family visa category.
■ Allowing female medical staff (other than the doctor and nurse) to bring their husbands and children with the entry visa for a tourist visit only.
■ Allowing medical staff to transfer from a visit to joining a family in accordance with the terms and conditions, provided that the transactions are received, each according to his residence address. Regarding the private medical sector
■ Allowing female doctors and nurses working in private hospitals only (excluding private clinics and health centers) to bring their children who are under the age of 16 years on an entry visa to join a family according to the terms stipulated under the family visa.
■ Allowing medical and nursing staff working in private hospitals only (excluding private clinics and health centers) to issue entry visas (family) to their families (wife and children) according to the conditions stipulated under that category of visa. Regarding the public sector responsible for food security, it was decided to allow seven activities:
■ Farming, fishing and selling fish, livestock and poultry breeders, dairy producers, factories and suppliers of food items and bakeries, food shopping centers, restaurants and food supplies, and water and beverage bottling companies. For these, entry visas (commercial visit or work permit) will be issued according to each person’s residence address, provided that the prescribed rate is subject to the discretion of the director of the department only in proportion to the company’s activity / the number of workers / need assessment.