The government of Kuwait has relaxed policy on issuance of visas to Pakistanis and their work related conditions, official sources said on Friday. The Government of Kuwait had imposed a visa ban of all types for Pakistan nationals. The situation had created a critical problem for large number of Overseas Pakistanis living in Kuwait. They even could not bring their wives to Kuwait.
The Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis took up the case with the Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait who discussed the matter in detail with the leadership of Kuwait during visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to Kuwait.
As a consequence, the Government of Kuwait has initiated a policy of relaxation of visas for Pak nationals. Pakistanis working in the public sector Kuwait can now bring their wives and children to Kuwait without restrictions. Also, private sector employees can issue dependent visas (male children up to the age of 15 and female children up to the age of 18) as long as both the employee and his wife have valid residences in Kuwait.
Furthermore, Pakistanis can obtain a commercial visa to work in "first-class companies" having state-owned shared. The new measures announced by the Government of Kuwait would ensure greater employment opportunities for Pakistanis in the long run in Kuwait. It would also help in relieving their hardships especially for the divided families of expatriate Pakistanis. Further relaxation is expected in due course.