After a decade-long suspension, Kuwait on Sunday announced an “immediate” resumption of different visas including in family and business categories for Pakistani citizens.Kuwait had banned work visas for Pakistan in 2011 and despite attempts by previous governments the restrictions could not be lifted.Today’s development came after a meeting between Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah. Kuwaiti Interior Minister Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kuwait Syed Sajjad Haider were also present during the meeting.
The decision was taken to immediately restore family and business visas for Pakistan. It was also decided that Kuwaiti visas will now be issued to Pakistani workers as per the agreement.Now there will be no restrictions on technical visas in medical and oil fields and Pakistanis living in Gulf countries will now be able to come to Kuwait with an online visa, according to the statement.Speaking on the occasion, the Kuwaiti prime minister said that the relations between the two countries span over seven decades and there is a relationship of love and trust between the people of Pakistan and Kuwait.Rashid said that the relations between both countries were based on mutual brotherhood and love. “All Pakistanis consider Kuwait as their second home,” he added.