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Kuwait: Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance for Lebanese Citizens

Amid continued political disputes between Lebanon and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior has temporarily suspended all new visa issuance for Lebanese citizens effective November 10, 2021.

Note that this suspension is only applicable to new visa applications. Lebanese citizens who are currently resident in Kuwait may continue to exit- and re-enter the country freely and are still eligible to renew their Kuwait residency status.

It remains unknown if any other GCC countries (Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) will follow suit and also temporarily suspend visa issuance for Lebanese citizens. Newland Chase continues to monitor the situation in the region closely and will provide any updates as they are announced.

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International relations can often affect immigration and travel options between disputing countries and, as the diplomatic spat between Lebanon and the GCC continues, we may see additional temporary visas suspensions in the region. It is important for sponsoring employers in the region to monitor any possible additional changes while the political situation between these countries remains tense.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Newland Chase dedicated contact or submit an inquiry here should you have any specific questions regarding this announcement.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.