The General Immigration Department will ban foreigners, who violate the period and conditions for visit visa, from entering the country for two years; while their sponsors will lose the sponsorship right for three months up to one year, local dailies reported. Foreigners on visit visas will be blacklisted for two years if proven they have violated the period and conditions for obtaining such visas.
According to new rule, they will not be able to acquire any type of visa within the specified period. The sponsors of those who violated the period and conditions for obtaining visit visas will not be allowed to sponsor anyone for three months if the violation is committed for the first time; six months for the second time and up to one year if the violation is repeated. Sources also clarified that expatriates who hold visas under articles 17 and 18 are allowed to sponsor their relatives to visit Kuwait provided their salary is KD 250 and above; while those under articles 19 and 24 are exempted from the salary condition.
Sources added the abovementioned expatriates can sponsor only their first-degree relatives like husbands, wives, children, parents, siblings and parents-in-law. Sources said the tourist visa is valid for 90 days and the commercial visit visa is valid for 60 days; indicating there is no ban imposed on any nationality.