Kuwait: Family Residence visas for expats halted

Kuwait has reportedly halted the issuance of family residence visas for the parents and siblings of foreign workers in the country. Kuwait Times cited security sources as saying applications have been stalled until the country’s National Assembly approves a new health insurance fee list.

The list is expected to see healthcare fees in the country increase “exponentially”, according to the publication. It was unclear if this meant charges beyond the increase from KD50 ($165) to KD130 ($430) a year, reported in October.

The decision includes non-Kuwaiti parents and siblings under the sponsorship of citizens and expats but not husbands and children of Kuwaiti women. Parents and sibling already in the country are being charged the increased rates when they renew their permits.

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