Kuwait Set to Introduce Revised Family Visa Regulations: Report

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Official sources have revealed that the Ministry of Interior in Kuwait will be announcing revised family visa regulations by the end of this year, according to reports.

The issuance of family visas was suspended over a year ago to allow for an assessment of the existing procedures and the implementation of new measures to prevent visa overstays.

The anticipated new guidelines for family visas are expected to be made public in December.

The sources have disclosed that the new procedure is in its final stages and will soon be submitted to Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled for approval.

Under the new regulations, visitors will be required to obtain a special card and mandatory health insurance coverage. This applies to children over the age of 16, parents of children, and parents themselves.

Siblings of residents will not be eligible for family visas, and the health insurance fee may reach up to 500 Kuwaiti Dinar (KD), with a maximum visit duration of one month.

According to sources, the visa issuance fees could see an increase of up to 100 percent compared to previous rates.

Furthermore, applicants will be required to provide an undertaking that the visitor will leave the country immediately upon the conclusion of their visit.

In the event of non-compliance, the resident who sponsored the visa will be held legally responsible and may face financial and administrative penalties, including a possible permanent ban on issuing visit visas, the sources stated.

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