Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) is working on a plan to move the processing of expatriate visas online.
According to a Kuwait Times report, the ministry’s IT department is developing a system that will allow the more than 3 million expatriates in Kuwait to renew their residency visas and those of their dependents online at the ministry’s website. This would reduce the number of physical visits that would have to be made to government offices and the amount of copies and printouts required for the renewal process.
The new service would cover family visit visas for parents, spouses and children. Expatriates applying for visas would need to upload the required data and documents online and fill in electronic forms.
“The only obstacle facing the project now is collecting the health insurance fees, which is currently done by a public services company,” a source told the newspaper.
Meetings between senior figures from the MoI’s IT department and senior health officials have taken place in an effort to overcome the challenge.
A feature on the MoI site allowing the health fees to be collected online could see the new online visa processing platform go live at some point in 2019.