Halt on visas for par­ents, sib­lings

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Se­cu­rity sources said ex­pats can­not bring their par­ents or sib­lings on fam­ily res­i­dence visas even if they are ready to pay the in­creased health in­sur­ance fees for them, un­til a new fee list that was sent to the Na­tional As­sem­bly is ap­proved. They added the new fees will in­crease ex­po­nen­tially. The sources said the in­te­rior min­istry has be­gun im­pos­ing in­creased health in­sur­ance on par­ents and sib­lings who are al­ready in the coun­try when they re­new their res­i­dence per­mits, adding that 1,500 such per­sons re­newed their res­i­den­cies this month out of 13,000 that are re­quired to do so.

The sources said the de­ci­sion in­cludes rel­a­tives of Kuwaitis and there are no ex­emp­tions, ex­cept for those with spe­cial needs. They said the de­ci­sion in­cludes non- Kuwaiti par­ents and sib­lings un­der the spon­sor­ship of cit­i­zens and ex­pats, and are re­quired to pay the new health in­sur­ance fees to re­new their res­i­dency per­mits. The sources said hus­bands and chil­dren of Kuwaiti women are not in­cluded in this new regime. — Al-Rai

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