The Ministry of Interior of Kuwait has decided now that expats are only worthy enough to call their wives or children to Kuwait on visit visas. No parents, no siblings and no in-laws. This rule is supposed to be applicable to all nationalities (sure!) with specific instructions towards eight nationalities (now we’re talking): Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, Afghan, Bangladeshis, Somalis, Egyptians (really?) and Pakistanis. Supposedly, all earlier directives for visit visas stand null and void in front of this one.
While I won’t be surprised if this new rule gets changed multiple times within this year itself, and while I could never establish why Kuwait cannot have well thought-out and long-lasting rules on these issues like most other countries (the rules keep fluctuating like there is no tomorrow); for the life of me I don’t understand how such a discriminating and harsh rule can be thought of, let alone implemented, in the first place!
This is nothing short of a direct insult to all expats in Kuwait. Instead of sorting out the problems (whatever they may be), they decide it would just be easier to implement this generalized rule.
My parents spent 30 odd years in Kuwait and my sister was born here and what a shame it will be if they are unable to get a visit visa to it.
Arab Times article here.