January 14, 2013

Being an American Gold Digger in Kuwait ain't easy...


Approval required for mixed marriages in Kuwait


Manama: Foreign women who married Kuwaiti men after January 2010 will need the approval of a special committee to be able to live in Kuwait.

“The interior ministry has stopped stamping residence permits to the foreign wives of Kuwaiti nationals and whose marriage took place after January 1, 2010,” security sources said.

“These couples now need the approval of the committee set up by Interior Minister Shaikh Ahmad Al Humood and which includes representatives from the interior, foreign and justice ministries and the National Security Agency,” the sources told Al Rai daily.

Mixed couples married before 2010 will not be affected by the decision and will continue to submit the wife’s papers to the immigration authorities.

“For the new couples, the committee will be the one to contact the immigration authorities to inform them whether the foreign wife’s papers are accepted or rejected,” the paper reported on Monday.

The sources attributed the move to make the committee decide on the permits to foreign wives to “a need to reduce the number of marriages between Kuwaiti men and expatriate women.”

By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief [Source]

Update: January 15, 2013 Arab Times [Source]

RESIDENCY HOLD ON EXPAT WIVES RECENTLY WED TO KUWAITIS

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: The Ministry of Interior has instructed the concerned departments not to issue residential permits to female expatriates, who got married to Kuwaitis after January 2010, unless they obtain permission from the committee formed by Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.

Sources said the committee members include representatives from the Interior, Foreign Affairs and Justice ministries, as well as the State Security Department.

On the other hand, Kuwaiti men who got married to foreigners before January 2010 must obtain residential permits for their wives from the immigration departments.

Sources explained these procedures are aimed at limiting marriages between Kuwaiti men and expatriate women. This came after the ministry noticed a remarkable increase in the number of such marriages over the last years, especially since there have been suspicions that some expatriate women are eyeing marriage with Kuwaiti men for personal benefits, not to start their own family.



What happened to free will? The right to marry the person you love? Why don't you allow Kuwaiti women to marry expat men and give their children and husbands the same rights as you give Kuwaiti men married to expat women and their children? Kuwaiti spinster problem solved! (cc: Randy)

Even the UAE has the same fear:  Emirati Spinsters Give Cause for Concern in the UAE

21 comments:

  1. Sorry, this must put a damper on your wedding plans. Oh well, just scrap the Kuwaiti wedding and plan an overseas wedding, but it appears you will have to continue working at your present job to keep a visa so that you can remain living with your husband after you marry. Such a strange and pathetic country!

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    1. Not at all. H can still get me residency pretty easily but maybe some women from poorer countries might have a harder time. If he can't then I will do what most American women do that live here with their non-Kuwaiti husbands. Get a tourist visa every 3 months. That means more Dubai shopping trips. :-) There is no way I can continue the job I'm doing now while married. I don't want to drive out in the desert for inspections while pregnant.

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  2. Perhaps the authorities need to consider why so many Kuwaiti men and choosing to marry expat women?!
    What do they expect will happen to those whose wives are not granted permits? They'll divorce and remarry a Kuwaiti woman?
    And the 'worries that some of the marriages were based on common interests...' really beggars belief.
    Mind-boggling...

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    1. It's the most outrageous thing I've ever read. LOL! They need to give Kuwaiti women the right to marry expat men and allow full rights for their families like Kuwaiti men receive. Their spinster problem would be happily resolved.

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    2. Hi, remember me, the lady that sat in mud huts in Asia briefing the village women on Islamic Law and what they face working in the Gulf, so at that time Kuwaiti women did not have the right to vote, hence, their maids had more rights in their own countries then their madames. What impressed me the most about these village women, who struggled to put one meal on the table daily for their families, was that they were so interested in the political topics of the day - they were so interested in what I had to say. Personally, and I repeat personally, Kuwaiti women are the meanest, angriest women I have ever met, yet many of them are so privledged and that time I found them disturbingly disinterested in their nation. So, I understand why Kuwaiti men might pursue a relationship with a foreign woman. I might sleep with one eye open if I married a Kuwaiti woman.

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    3. I swear I've met some of the most charming Kuwaiti ladies since moving here. However, I've met and worked with some of the rudest and trashiest Americans in Kuwait. I didn't even know Americans existed like that except on Jerry Springer or midnight at Walmart. They were really that bad. LOOOL

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    4. LOL, when I used to work on the base, I used to be afraid of the CSA employees. I was convinced that they had a table in front of jails in the US and would hire employees for their Kuwait location as they were released. I have met the most horrendous people in Kuwait, regardless of nationality - Kuwait is a very dark place to me. There is a quality that is deep within a person and it is called compassion, and that is what I have never seen in the Kuwaiti women that I have met and I have met many, but that is not to say that there are not compassionate women here, I just have not crossed paths with them and compassion has nothing to do with being a nice, friendly person, it has to do with a woman's inner soul. However, I have met Emiriti women that I found to be very compassionate and I really enjoyed meeting them. Different culture - different government.

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    5. OMG! I agree 100% on the CSA part. Even jail was too good of place for some of them. Jerry Springer live daily.

      I guess I'm lucky about only meeting nice Kuwaiti ladies. Through this blog you meet some of the classiest local ladies and they have even invited us to dinners in their family's house. I did have an argument with one nasty lady over parking. She was very rude and aggressive while trying to cut in front of me. Let's just put it this way: I won, scared her to death and taught her a lesson. I forgot my Southern manners for a few minutes but it felt amazing! :)

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  3. Richard Parker and OnjusJanuary 15, 2013

    It isn't clear whether the law holds true for both straight and gay couples or only for gay couples in Kuwait.

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    1. Hahaha Rich! Don't even go there...;)

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  4. Censor Me MineJanuary 16, 2013

    Elsewhere, most notably in the Emirates they are all about embracing cultural diversity and enriching their gene pool through mixed race couplings. But Kuwait always has to do things differently.
    Even the leadership in the Emirates have taken spouses from Jordan and Belarus to drive home this point.

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    1. Surprisingly the UAE is also trying to prevent their local guys from marrying expats stating that there are too many Emirati spinsters. I posted about that subject with the article in 2012.

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  5. Same reasoning as a green card marriage; a filter to get rid of the fraudulent marriages.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_card_marriage


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    1. Well I don't blame them for trying to prevent fraud but my concern is "if" they're trying to prevent a union of love based on the so called "Kuwaiti Spinster" phenomenon.

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  6. LOL at the pic! cheeky! :-P

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    1. Hahaha! It's perfect for the post but I kept forgetting to add it from my laptop. I can't do it from my phone.

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  7. Lame. Give women the same rights as men and the problem will be solved. Not every woman is waiting for the Kuwaiti Prince, but has no choice because otherwise she and her family will be treated as second class citizens in her own country.

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    1. Kuwaiti women can drive, they can vote so now it's time to allow them to have the same rights as Kuwaiti men when it comes to marriage.

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  8. Ms Janet Jackson QatariJanuary 19, 2013

    Expat: You know what- maybe you guys should have an open air wedding at the Jaber Al Ahmed Stadium inviting all bloggers that frequent your blog among others. I think it will be a super idea if you guys can work things out with the Qatari Mr. Manna and his soon to be significant other Ms. Janet Jackson and have two celebrity weddings happening at once: the theme can remain L'Affaire Khaleeji-Ameriqui" Howzz that?!

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    1. Haha! Very cute. :) The problem is that I'm not a celebrity. Maybe H should marry Kim Kardashian? ;p

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  9. Lady CerebellumJanuary 19, 2013

    Or Lady Gaga

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