Kuwait City: In a move that will bring smiles on many faces, the expatriates from foreign countries working mainly in the health and education sectors in Kuwait are allowed to take their dependents to the Gulf country on a visiting visa. But only those who meet the required yardsticks set by the Kuwait Government will be allowed to fly on visiting visas.
Another ice in the cake for expatriates is that by adhering to strict rules, the visiting visa of their dependents can be later converted to a dependent visa.
The latest decision of the Kuwait Government to ease norms for issuing visiting visas is going to benefit thousands of expatriates from Kerala working in Kuwait.
The wife and children of the medical staff working in the health, education, the National Guard and the National Petroleum Corporation sectors are eligible for family entry visas.
The children of doctors and nurses of government and private sectors below the age of 16 years will be allowed family visas based on strict conditions.
The husbands of doctors and nurses will be allowed tourist visit visas if an affidavit is given that they will not apply for a family visa later.
The husbands and children of women paramedical staff can also apply for tourist visit visas.
The wife and children of those working in the private education sector can apply for a visa after giving an affidavit that their iqama (residence permit) will not be changed.
The School Directors, Assistant Directors, teachers and specialists can bring their children below 16 years of age to Kuwait as per rules.
The wife and children of those working in the private education institutions on an employment Visa, without having a residence permit, will be given commercial visit visas in the name of the companies. But it is mandatory for them to give an affidavit that they will give a police clearance certificate once they change this visa to a family visa.