HAWALLI – In a significant policy shift, Kuwait has officially resumed the processing of family reunification visas for expatriates under distinct changes.
Effective from January 28 this year, the directives for these alterations come directly from Sheikh Fahd Al Yousef, Deputy Prime Minister, and Acting Minister of Interior.
The amendments, authorized by Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Interior Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah, introduce higher eligibility standards, aiming to elevate the overall quality of expatriate residents.
A key alteration involves a substantial increase in the minimum salary requirement for sponsoring dependents, now set at 800 Kuwaiti dinars (approximately USD 2,640). This adjustment reflects the current cost of living, guaranteeing financial stability for sponsored families.
Another pivotal change mandates that applicants for dependent visas must hold a university degree, a measure designed to attract a skilled and qualified expatriate workforce contributing to Kuwait’s ongoing development.
Furthermore, applicants must demonstrate alignment between their occupational field and academic qualifications, fostering efficiency in the labor market by enhancing skills utilization.
This noteworthy development underscores Kuwait’s commitment to refining immigration policies, ensuring the long-term well-being of families, and aligning with the changing dynamics of its population.
This proactive approach by the Ministry of Interior signifies a dedication to enhancing efficiency and transparency in the visa application process. Stringent eligibility criteria have been implemented to prevent potential abuses of the system, prioritizing applicants with the necessary qualifications and financial stability to support their families.
It is to be highlighted that Kuwait’s passport is ranked 55th on the Henley Passport Index 2024, offering its citizens access to 102 visa-free destinations.
Kuwait, a Middle Eastern nation, boasts iconic landmarks like the Kuwait Towers and Grand Mosque. The capital, Kuwait City, is a vibrant hub with modern architecture. The population exceeds 4 million, with cultural attractions like the Kuwait National Museum showcasing the nation’s rich history and heritage.