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Embassy restrictions on bedoun Hajj and Umrah
July 24, 2017, 9:38 am

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed the Central System for Remedying Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR) that the Saudi Embassy in Kuwait revealed that Hajj and Umrah visas for Bedoun residents will be issued only on presentation of proof of their original nationality, reports Aljarida daily quoting parliamentary sources.

They explained that the embassy has informed the ministry about three regulations for granting visas to holders of Article 17 passports. They must fill a form with their personal data and fingerprints authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry must guarantee their return to Kuwait as they cannot stay in Saudi Arabia for any other reason. In addition, a proof of their original nationality must be attached.

The sources indicated that Ministry of Foreign Affairs has addressed the embassy with a letter containing a request for exemption from the condition of proving the original nationality for this category, so that the Bedoun residents are not deprived of opportunities to perform Hajj and Umrah rituals especially since many of them do not have an original nationality.

Source: Arab Times

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