After Two-Year Suspension, Kuwait Resumes Family Visa Applications With A Set Of New Rules

Empowering expats: Kuwait resumes family visa applications with new guidelines.

by Deeplata Garde
After Two-Year Suspension, Kuwait Resumes Family Visa Applications With A Set Of New Rules

In a significant move, Kuwait has reopened the doors for expatriates to apply for family visas, allowing them to sponsor their spouses and children. The Ministry of Interior, responding to the directives of Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah, has announced the resumption of expat family visa applications across the country, introducing new terms and standards.

Kuwait Family Visas Available Again After Two-Year Suspension

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Ministerial Decree No. 56 of 2024, A New Chapter

Under the umbrella of Ministerial Decree No. 56 of 2024, which outlines fresh guidelines for issuing entry permits for family reunions, expatriates aspiring for Kuwait family visas face a set of criteria. The criteria include a minimum salary requirement of at least KD800 ($2,600), possession of a university degree certificate, and employment in the same field as indicated by the university certificate.

Exemptions And Revisions: Navigating the Rules

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While certain professions are exempt from the stringent degree certificate requirements, recent reports in local media have highlighted revisions to the initial rules. Professions such as advisors, judges, prosecutors, medical professionals, educators, engineers, and media professionals, among others, find themselves exempt from the degree-related constraints.

Special Considerations And Exemptions

Notably, parents of children under the age of five enjoy special considerations, being exempt from the salary requirements. This thoughtful exemption recognizes the unique needs and circumstances of young families, providing flexibility in the application process.

Background On Visa Suspension

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Approximately two years ago, Kuwait suspended family visas for expatriates as part of a broader initiative to regulate population and demographic numbers within the country. The reinstatement comes with a renewed focus on ensuring that specific conditions. This includes minimum salary and employment rules, are met by applicants.

A Brighter Future for Expat Families

As Kuwait opens its doors once again to expatriate families, the revised guidelines aim to strike a balance. Overall, it aims to create a balance between welcoming diversity and maintaining regulatory control. The decision to resume family visa applications reflects a forward-thinking approach. It acknowledges the contributions of expatriates while aligning with the evolving needs of Kuwait’s demographic landscape.

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