Highlighting the anticipation surrounding the Ministry of Interior’s reopening of visit visas, which had been suspended since June 2022, residency departments across the six governorates experienced a significant influx of applicants on the first day on Wednesday. This occurred despite the prior booking of appointments for submitting applications through the “Meta” platform, underscoring the eager response and long-awaited opportunity among applicants.
The information from the Ministry’s Residency Affairs Sector revealed that the number of applications submitted on Wednesday in the six departments exceeded 8,300, of which 1,763 were accepted and their owners were granted the required visas. However, requests to complete incomplete applications and others were rejected.
The reports said that the criteria for family and business visits no longer impose a specific age limit on visitors, a departure from previous protocols which had set 70 years as the maximum age threshold.
Reports said that family and business visits are limited to one month and are non-renewable. Should the visitor exceed this duration, both the visitor and their sponsor will face a “security restriction.” Furthermore, sponsors holding a residence permit under Article 24 (“the sponsor himself”) are prohibited from hosting individuals with a family visit visa, as they lack a salary certificate.
All departments refused to admit applicants without an appointment from the “Sahel” platform. The residence departments in the governorates of Hawally, the capital, Jahra, and Ahmadi received the highest number of auditors. It is worth noting that the Director General of Residence, Brigadier General Ali Al-Adwani, granted the directors of the governorates and their assistants full authority while adhering to the instructions and conditions outlined in the ministerial decision, with no exceptions permitted.