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Tougher procedures to be introduced on visit visas

Tougher procedures are required to be introduced with regard to issuance of visitor visas, so that marginal labourers do not gain access into the country, said Maj Gen Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah, the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs.

This was revealed during a meeting with Directors of Migration Departments in Kuwait. The meeting aims to discuss ways to reduce the expatriate workers in Kuwait, including the intentions of Maj. Gen. Al-Sabah to prepare a memorandum about benefits of raising the minimum cap for expatriates applying for dependency visa for relatives.

At present, such visas are granted in cases where the supporter earns a minimum of KD250 a month. However, the Undersecretary Assistant reportedly suggested during the meeting that the cap be raised to KD500.

Maj. Gen. Al-Sabah was of the opinion that a man who draws KD250 salary per month will not be in a position to meet the educational, health and living requirements of a family with children.

The Senior official also plans to refer a letter to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, recommending that it suspend issuing work visas to commercial visit visa holders.

There have been reports that Maj. Gen. Al-Sabah has instructed the Directors of Immigration Departments to suspend issuance of visit visa, particularly to marginalized workers.

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