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Fee hike of KD 3 to KD 30 for work permits eyed
January 11, 2015, 9:10 am
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Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship, Passports and Residency Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah has declared about a study being carried out to revise the fees for residence permits and visit visas, reports Al-Rai daily.

He revealed that the concerned technical committee has developed a plan in this regard which will be submitted to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah for approval and implementation.

Sheikh Mazen cited certain cases still under study such as increasing the fees of work permits of the public sector from KD 3 to KD 10 and fees of work permits of the private sector from KD 3 to KD 30. He reiterated that the fees structure has been prepared by a specialized technical committee and will be submitted to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior for approval, with the aim of coping with the economic fluctuations, ensuring the state revenues commensurate with the services provided to individuals and companies, and minimizing the phenomenon of visa trading.

Sheikh Mazen announced the activation of Article 15 of the residency law for expatriates, which stipulates that residency shall not be given to any expatriate whose passport validity will end in less than one year, clarifying that the activation of this article is aimed for his protection as well as that of the national security.

He added that the years of residency in Kuwait shall be granted based on the validity of the passports. He revealed that a number of new features in the residency law for expatriates, such as introduction of new visa called the ‘Multi visa’ which will be granted for a full year or for few months depending on the academic certificates and specializations.

This kind of visa will be beneficial for professionals such as doctors, engineers and legal advisers who desire to visit the country at the request of institutions and large companies. He explained that the visitor, with such a visa, can enter the country any time throughout the duration of the visa.

This type of visa is new and aimed to support scientific, commercial, economy and touristic sectors of the country.

Sheikh Mazen also revealed about a plan to grant student visas to Arab and foreign students who wish to study in public and private universities of the country. He explained that the students will be granted residency based on the duration of course with the right to obtain residency and work in the country after completing their studies in case they find appropriate jobs.

The move is also aimed to support education and scientific movement. Arab students will have to apply for admission online with the public university and pay the registration fees in order to apply for this visa. In addition, Sheikh Mazen revealed about another plan related to the residency of dependants, explaining that parents who work and stay legally in the country can sponsor their newborn even if the father’s salary is less than KD 250.

Meanwhile, he affirmed that Bedoun people will be prevented from travelling to Saudi Arabia via land and that they can travel only via air based on a request presented by Saudi Arabia, adding that this decision has not yet been applied.

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