Kuwait approves plan to increase expat visa fees

Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality and Residency Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah said a proposal to increase fees paid by expatriates for services such as issuing visit and tourist visas, temporary residency, self sponsorship and family dependency visas has received approval and interest of Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah

He said a complete study was prepared covering all aspects and groups that will come under it. Sheikh Mazen had earlier said that increase in services fees for expats may reach 100 percent in some cases, and may multiply more than that in others, and there will not be any free services.

  • One-month visit visa that was free will cost KD 30.

  • The three-month tourist visa will cost KD 90.

  • Family reunion (dependent) visas will cost KD 150 instead of KD 100,

  • And those for parents and siblings will increase from KD 200 to KD 400.

 

Sheikh Mazen said current fees are no longer suitable because they were implemented many years ago and were not changed, besides the violations and manipulations that are made because of the low fees to get benefits such as free medication, which constitutes a heavy burden on the state budget and health ministry services

Source : Kuwaittimes

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