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14 professions exempted from university degree for dependent visas

Children below 5 are eligible if both parents working in Kuwait

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Acting Minister of Interior, Fahd Al-Yousef, issued a decision modifying certain provisions of Ministerial Resolution 957 from 2019 within the executive regulations of the Expats’ Residence Law. This revision outlines the criteria for acquiring regular residency to reunite with family members. Arabic daily Al Anba reported as follows:

The key amendments in Article 29 are:

To apply for a dependent / family visa (for newcomers) the monthly salary should not be less than KD 800, the sponsor should be a university graduate and the profession should align with the qualification. Professions exempted from university degrees mentioned in Article 30 of this decision list are mentioned below.

Those born in Kuwait and individuals born outside the country with an age not exceeding 5 years, whose parents are in Kuwait (with valid residence) are exempted from the salary requirement by the Director General of the General Administration of Residence Affairs. This exemption is per the guidelines and conditions set by the General Administration of Residence Affairs

The second article specifies that the acting Undersecretary is responsible for implementing this decision, and it will take effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

Professions mentioned in Article 30 of Ministerial Resolution No. 957/2019
1. Advisors, judges, prosecutors, experts, and legal researchers within the government sector.
2. Medical professionals, including doctors and pharmacists.
3. Professors of universities, colleges, and higher institutes
4. School administrators, vice principals, education mentors, teachers, social workers, and laboratory attendants within the government sector
5. Advisors specializing in financial and economic matters in universities
6. Engineers
7. Individuals serving as imams, preachers, and muezzins in mosques
8. Librarians in both government agencies and private universities
9. Personnel working in the Ministry of Health within the nursing staff, encompassing nurses, paramedics, and those holding medical technical positions in diverse specialties, as well as individuals in social service roles
10. Social workers and psychologists within the government sector
11. Professionals in journalism, media, and correspondents
12. Coaches and athletes associated with federations and sports clubs
13. Pilots and flight attendants
14. Individuals responsible for preparing the deceased and overseeing their burial

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