Kuwait has announced its plans to resume issuance of family visas, thereby bringing much-needed relief to expatriates in the country.
The issuance of family visas had been suspended since August last year. As per media reports, the first phase will cover children, followed by parents and wives.
The Interior Ministry, which deals with internal affairs of the country, will finalize the criteria, based on which, new visas will be issued.
As per reports, the salary cap of the sponsor would be KD500 or Rs.1.32 lakh.
The ministry suspended issuance of family visas, along with visit visas and tourist visas in August. The move was to implement a new regulatory framework, but it created a vulnerable situation for expats, particularly Indians.
The report says that the ministry wanted to impose specific controls and procedures in this regard, in a manner that harmonizes efforts to modify demographics and preserve the rights of residents to reunite with their families as per specific controls. The salary cap will not be applicable for infants and for humanitarian considerations.
Kuwait is making the criteria for family visa more stringent keeping in view the growing expat numbers. The ministry is yet to announce its decision on issuing tourist and visit visas. Although suggestions are on to increase the salary cap for issuing these visas, it is yet to be finalized.
As per media reports, the ministry may raise minimum salary requirement for family or dependent visas to KD800, which would be a major blow to majority of Indians working in Kuwait. At present, expats constitute 34 lakh of Kuwait’s total 46 lakh population, with Indians constituting majority of the population.