Restrictions on issuing family, tourist visas

March 28, 2013 by

KUWAIT: Local migration departments were recently given instructions to adopt strict measures while granting family and tourist visas at a time when the Gulf state was looking for measures to curb the number of marginal labor forces. This was published by Al- Qabas yesterday quoting security sources with knowledge of a meeting held last week between the Acting Undersecretary Assistant for Citizenship, Passports and Migration Affairs in the Ministry of Interior, Maj Gen Abdullah Al- Rashid, and heads of migration departments in the state’s six governorates. “The directors received verbal orders to avoid issuing family or tourist visas to expatriates except under strict conditions.” The sources who preferred to remain anonymous did not explain the nature of these conditions. They added that the orders came after immigration detectives arrested scores of people acting as manual labor after entering Kuwait on family visas.

They also revealed that Major General Al-Rashid gave orders as per which domestic workers were required to obtain permission from their employer before leaving the country. “This comes after an increase was noticed in the number of housemaids who fled the country before their employers discovered that they were subjected to robbery,” the sources explained.

In other news, Undersecretary Assistant for Labor Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Jamal Al-Dousary, said that labor departments will continue to accept requests to transfer commercial visas to work permits in the private sector until April 1, after which similar transactions will be rejected. Al-Dousary assured that proper mechanisms were being observed to ensure that all transactions submitted before the deadline were finalized. “As per the new mechanism, all transactions are to be put in one file and then sent to the ministry’s undersecretary to be approved before these are dispatched back to the concerned department in each governorate,” he said

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Comments (2)


  1. uzma says:

    salaam . i m still confuse . plzzzz clear this to me r family visas open for people who work in private sector .can those people who work in private sector wid good salary call their wivies to kueait n if yes then till when