Kuwait allows expatriate mothers to sponsor children

Kuwait’s General Administration of Residence Affairs has changed its ruling prohibiting expatriate mothers from sponsoring their children’s residence visas, local media reported.

The decision came after an announcement last month by the General Administration of Resident Affairs to ban the mother from sponsoring her child in case the father leaves Kuwait or if his residence permit expires during his stay. abroad.

The six governorates have been advised to accept transactions related to the mother sponsoring their children’s residence permit, provided they comply with the previous residence rules and the visa rules for dependents, mainly that the respondent receives a minimum wage of 500 Kuwaiti dinars per month.

The old rule was that in order for a mother to sponsor her child, she must be widowed or divorced.

This decision never applied to female teachers working in the Ministry of Education, nursing staff in the Ministry of Health and female doctors working in the forensic department, as they were still able to sponsor residency permits for their children without any restrictions, a source told Al Qabas.

The change in decision was overturned after the General Administration for Residence Affairs concluded that the sponsorship ban was ineffective. According to Al Qabas, last month’s decision was taken to address the demographic imbalance in Kuwait, where expatriates make up 70 percent of Kuwait’s population.

Visa dependent

There are three types of Kuwait residency visas: work visa, domestic visa, and dependent visa. The Dependent Visa allows expatriates residing in Kuwait to sponsor their family members, although various restrictions apply.

According to Kuwaiti labor law, the father is the main sponsor of his wife and children. In order for the father to sponsor his child, he must have a minimum wage of 500 Kuwaiti dinars per month.

There are two limitations with the dependent visa. First, a woman cannot sponsor her husband unless she works at the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Health. Second, once a son is 21, he can no longer have his parents’ visa.

No transfer of visit visa

Last week, the Home Office issued instructions banning the conversion of all types of visit visas to residence permits.

Under Kuwaiti labor law, anyone with a visit visa can stay in the country for up to 30 days.

In March, the Home Office announced that all visit visas could be extended for two months, given the COVID-19 crisis.

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