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Immigration department cracks down on visit visa violators with stringent rules

The General Immigration Department has announced that foreigners who violate the duration and conditions for visit visa will be banned from entering Kuwait for a period of two years. Their sponsors will also lose their sponsorship rights for three months to one year.

Foreigners on visit visas who violate the duration of stay and other visa conditions will be blacklisted if caught, it has been announced. This implies that they will not be able to acquire any type of visa within the specified period.

On the other hand, sponsors who violated the duration and other terms and conditions for obtaining visit visas, will not be allowed to sponsor anyone for three months, if the violation is committed for the first time, six months for the second time, and up to one year if the violation is repeated.

Sources further clarified that expatriates who hold visas under articles 17 and 18 are allowed to sponsor their relatives to visit Kuwait, provided, their salary is KD250 and above, while those under articles 19 and 24 are exempted from the salary condition.

The expatriates can sponsor only their first-degree relatives like spouses, children, parents, siblings and parents-in-law. The tourist visa holds 90-days validity, while the commercial visit visas are valid for 60 days, which indicate that there is no ban imposed on any nationality.

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