In a series of new rulings and countermeasures made by the Kuwaiti government to regulate the number of expats in the country, a new rule has been approved regarding the length of stay of expats’ wives and children on visit visas in the country, as shared in a report by the Arab Times.
The new circular has been approved last September 13 and was put into effect starting September 16, where visit visas for expats’ wives and children will be effective for three (3) months instead of one (1) on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
3 Months Visit Visa for Expats’ Wives and Children Now in Place
Acquiring a Kuwait visit visa is relatively simple for as long as you have a sponsor (i.e. family member or a hotel in Kuwait) that will take care of your accommodation in the country, depending on the purpose of your visit.
To apply, you only need your valid passport (up to six months after date of travel) and proof of relationship (if sponsored by a relative residing in Kuwait) such as birth certificates, marriage contract, and the likes.
If the sponsor is to handle the application from Kuwait, applicants must fax a copy of the required documents to the sponsor. Once the sponsor has filed the application requirements and had it approved, applicants must wait for them to send a copy of the visa before flying to Kuwait. Sponsors are to meet their guests at a special counter in the Arrival Hall of the Kuwaiti airport where they can deposit their original documents for Immigration officials to review and verify before allowing visitors entry in the country.
It only takes about two (2) days to obtain a Kuwait visit visa. Hotels can also arrange visit visas for business purposes and this may take up to a week or seven (7) days at most.
While Kuwait is dead serious in imposing new regulations to limit the number of expats in the country, especially those on working visas, it’s good to note that they still consider humanitarian reasons for expat families to be together, if only for a short while. ALSO READ: How to Apply for a Family Visit Visa in Kuwait