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Kuwait women permitted to sponsor their non-Kuwaiti husbands, kids

The immigration departments in all governorates have begun implementing regulations that permit Kuwaiti women to sponsor their non-Kuwaiti husbands and children.

Currently, Kuwaiti women holding Article 1, 5 and 7 (3) citizenship are eligible to sponsor their husbands and children, although those holding Article 8 citizenship (those who were naturalized after getting married to Kuwaiti men) cannot sponsor anyone if they are widowed or divorced. This is being done to prevent any manipulations and violations committed by naturalized women, sources said.


Kuwaiti women can sponsor their non-Kuwaiti husbands for one year after marriage, and the residency can be renewed for second and third year, after which, they can sponsor their husband for five years at a stretch, but will have to submit documents to prove the validity of their marriage. If the woman conceives during first year of marriage, she can sponsor husband for five continuous years, as it proves the seriousness of their marriage, and that it is not for any commercial benefits.


Meanwhile, the sources said that the decision to ban issue of visit, work and dependent visas to people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan may increase the number of illegal residents in the country. Also, people who entered the country legally, but have not been able to get the residency stamped on their passports prior to the issue of decision are also trapped. Such residents do not want to go back due to security situations in their respective home countries.


The sources pointed out that the decision coincides with the grace period granted to illegal residents to leave the country or correct their status, with the amnesty period ending by June end However, due to the random decision, residents of the above mentioned nationalities will not be able to obtain a dependent visa for their new-born in their homeland, even if the parents possess valid residencies in the country.

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