Kuwait raises minimum salary requirement to nearly $1,000 for visit visas

New measures prevent parents over 50 years old to be granted a visit visa

Expats who wish to bring family members to Kuwait are now required to have a monthly salary of $990 (KD300), according to new measures.

The conditions also prevent parents over 50 years old to be granted a visit visa, director general of residency Talal Al Maarifi told Gulf Daily News.

Al Maarifi said the move is part of Kuwait’s plan to “tackle the demographic imbalance” in the country.

Last week, Kuwaiti authorities raised the minimum salary requirement for expats who wish to sponsor family members from $825 (KD250) to $1,485 (KD450).

"We have 2,670,000 foreigners living in Kuwait and if we do not take special measures, the figure will be much higher within a few years and we will have bigger problems. How can an expatriate who earns KD250 a month be able to deal with the financial demands associated with having a family in Kuwait and pay for their food, accommodation, education and healthcare?” Al Maarifi said.

“It does not make sense and keeping the status-quo means that the state will have to pay more money for people who are not productive. It makes perfect sense to raise the minimum salary required to sponsor a family to KD450,” he added.

While exceptions will be made on humanitarian grounds regarding spouses and children, the official said the salary of the sponsor will be taken into consideration.

“The KD450 minimum salary is required from the father as he is the sponsor. There will be no calculations based on merging the salaries of the parents. If the mother is the sponsor, the same rule applies and only her salary will be considered for granting the family visa.”

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