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How to add your son as a dependent born abroad in Kuwait in 8 steps

Belated Happy Father’s Day to all dad’s out there.

In keeping up with tradition, i’ll write a BRIEF about the requirements to add your son as a dependent, if your son was born abroad and came into Kuwait on a visit visa.

Step 1: request your company to type up a request to add son as dependent.

You will also need the following documents:

  1. Work Permit – also available with your company mandoubs.
  2. Original entry visa + copy.
  3. Civil ID copy both you and your wife.
  4. Passport copy both you and your wife.
  5. Passport original + copy for your child.
  6. Attested and translated (if required) marriage certificate.
  7. Attested and translated (if required) birth certificate for child. (FYI: Translation is about 3KD per page and takes at least one day to complete).

Bundle all these papers together and head out to your local residency area; Hawally used to be the roundabout near City Center Salmiya, but has since moved to Mishref. So you head over there first.

Step 2: go EARLY. During Ramadan they started work officially at 10AM, however we had to queue up at 8:00AM to get a number to submit our documents. If you show up at 10, you won’t be given a number, and you’ll to come back tomorrow. They start taking in applications by the 10’s, and early, so they start before 10AM.

Step 3: once you get to the counter, the guy will stamp “sponsor came in person” and “to be raised to head of reception”, you’ll find a sign that says Head of Reception, go there with your documents, he’ll stamp “no objection” for you.

Head back to the counter that sent you there in the first place, he’ll take a closer look at your papers and give you another stamp and a signature. He’ll also ask what number child this is, fees for first child are 100KD.

Next you head inside and take a number for “computer processing حاسب الي”.

Step 4: once your number is up, present your documents, do not make my mistake and take a number for new borns, that is a whole other different thing.

So, you present your docs, they’ll print a paper for you with your child’s unified number. At the same time, a request is processed for you to get a civil ID number.

go to the PACI website after two days and check if the civil ID number is issued. Once the civil ID number is issued, write it down and head to the Health office (Behind Mubarak Hospital in Jabriya) to pay 31KD for health insurance. KEEP THIS DOCUMENT SAFE! YOU WILL NEED IT FOR RESIDENCY.

They will give you the grey card as well.

Step 5: head to any printing shop and ask for the health check document, they’ll type it up in your child’s name. Take that sheet and head back to Mishref.

Remember the head of Reception? Go back and see him again, ask him to stand that document for you, he will. You don’t need to go early, later during the day, the crowd requiring his attention will have thinned.

Step 6: take that stamped paper and head towards route 85, right across from the NBK branch there you will find a place called “ports – موانئ”, where you will take this document, along with a copy of your civil ID, a copy of your child’s visitor visa, a copy of your child’s passport and the original.

Here you will need to pay 10KD to buy a stamp.

Once your number is called, present your documents, along with the original passport – they’ll stick the stamp inside and stamp it, then send you to room 8. at room 8 they’ll ask for your child’s age, if they are under 2 months old, you are good to go and skip to the next step.

If they are over two months, they will print a document for you to take to your local clinic – مستوصف where your child received their vaccination. If the child was vaccinated, go there, go straight to the vaccination folks, give them the paper, they’ll sign it (re. CHILD MUST HAVE BEEN VACCINATED) and send you to another office for a stamp.

Step 7: take that paper, stamped by the clinic or if you skipped here because your child is under two months, head to room 4, which is basically the window in the corner of the room where you presented your documents, right behind the stamp machines. Give them the papers, they’ll then take them, thank you and say head back to Mishref for the final fight with the dragon.

Step 8: show up early, between 9:30 and 10. Immediately take a number for 1) Payment and 2) Residency.

go pay the required amount in CASH despite the sign outside saying KNET, crazy I know. you’ll get a receipt, now sit and wait, watch the numbers role.

When your number is up, head to the counter, present your documents along with the paper you got from paying the 31KD for the medical insurance, smile, go outside.

After a while a cop will come out calling names, receive your passport, check residency, check expiry, smile, leave.

 

#Howto #Kuwait – Check whether someone is in Kuwait or Abroad

It has been a long time since our last post, a lot has happened since then; I’ve run several races, gone several places and enjoyed the addition of a new member to our Family (more on that, and him, later).

Off the bat, THIS IS NOT A LEGAL OPINION WEBSITE! What we do here is offer our opinion on certain things, that should not be taken seriously! Now that that is out of the way, let’s get down to it.

Kuwait is a business center – people here are either studying or working, or the grey area in between. Often times, we find ourselves wanting to know more, and the official way to get that information is long and tedious.

How can you tell if someone is in Kuwait or abroad? Suppose you have someone on your sponsorship and they ran away, if they commit any crime, it’s on your head, if they are abroad, it may be difficult to cancel their residency unless you know they are in the country.

So how do you do it? If you ask the people in charge, they’ll say you need to send a mandoub to some Ministry to get a statement of movement of the person, which requires time, lots of it.

Simply, you use this following trick:

(for the following trick you will require the civil ID number of the person in question)

Step 1:

Go to the MOI website (where you check for your driving licence fines)

Step 2:

Click on e-services link

Step 3:

Click on “Violation and Fees Payment Gateway” (link – may not work directly, you’ll need to follow the steps above)

Step 4:

click on “traffic” and enter the CID of the person in question, regardless of whether they drive or not.

Proceed with the search, this will be useful for one piece of information only; the unified number.

Copy it, and click on “new searc” (or go back to step 3, but this time, click on “immigration” for the search (not traffic like step 4)

Step 5:

Enter the number you copied into the search window.

Step 6:

For the next act, you will need someone that reads Arabic, or use Google translate (translate the writing in green). There are three options; either there will be a sentence written stating that “the person is clean” (this means they are IN the country), or “the person is outside the country”, or “the person has the following residency fines”.

And there you have it, you can now tell who is where, and proceed accordingly.

Kuwait vs. GCC in terms of inflation and salary

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As you can see from the info above, the net effect of inflation offset by salary increase in the private sector is the lowest in Kuwait, due to the fact that the inflation rate is second highest in Kuwait.

It’s going to be a tough year.

Dear Smokers – Stay Out

I’m no Wolverine, but my sense of smell is quite uncanny.

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Yesterday, whilst partaking in a leisurely run around the local park, I noticed the following occurrences:

  1. A smoker dressed in sports clothes, puffing away at his cancer stick whilst walking around the park.
  2. A smoker puffing away on his cancer stick besides the park.

What do these two have in common? They both stink.

Contrary to popular belief, cigarette smoke does not smell good. It does not smell good hanging in the air, it does not smell good landing on furniture, it does not smell good on your clothes. Period. In fact, one of the worst stenches in existence is smoke + cologne, a killer combination.

Getting back to the topic at hand – cigarette smoke smells bad. It lingers.

Short of the government passing a law banning smoking in all public spaces, we’re stuck with having to share spaces with these self-destructing humans.

How about a live and let live policy?

Traffic Fines on Speeding update in Kuwait

It has come to my attention in a previous post that traffic cameras around Kuwait are being “tampered with”, i.e. opened and examined frequently by authorized personnel from the MOI. It was happening too frequently to be malfunction repair. Just recently I came to the deduction of what was happening.

The threshold for speeding has been reduced and updated in all these cameras manually.

Case-in-point:

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My latest transgression prior to renewing my car registration.

Location: 6th Ring Road

Speed: 136

Limit: 120

Fine: KD 20 for exceeding by no more than 20

Initially, I was under the impression that so long as you do not exceed 140, you are OK, and I have been doing this ages.

Now tho, it seems that the speed to not exceed is either 130 or 135.

You have been warned.

PS “اقوال المتهم” or “Statement of the felon” makes me feel like a murderer :S

Wearing your Jump on your Sleeve in Kuwait

Let’s face it; Winter is coming, and much like the searing temperatures drive residents of Kuwait into their Airconditioned homes, so to does Winter drive people towards radiators.

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A few elite warriors will choose to utilize this time however to expend their energy via exercise, most will choose running as their preferred poison, however there is another form of cardio that is great at burning calories, keeping you warm and scorching away your midsection to give you the chiseled abdominals you’ve always dreamed of!

How was my trainer pitch? Good? Bad? Ugly?

That exercise is jump rope. You can read more about the comparison between jumping rope and running here. But the gist of it is:

Jumping rope is a great calorie-burner. You’d have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you’d burn jumping rope.

Now, Mybloogle is NOT paid to advertise so we shall refrain from mentioning the name of the place DIRECTLY, however due to the extreme helpfulness and friendliness of the cashier-ette yesterday in taking my number to contact me when a product is available in more sizes, we’ll drop hints about their name. So, as I was passing by a Sports shop, which I Direct your attention to, I walked in and purchased a speed rope.

After a painstaking attempt to remove the rope from the shackles of its bondage to its packaging, I decided to strap the rope to my wrist like so:

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The thought of Lion-O, Lord of the Thundercats comes to mind

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Of course we will be sans the Sword of Omens, lest we wish to be deported for running with a concealed weapon…

Although…

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Let’s Jump (lol) start the new running (lol) revolution.

Adding jump rope to your running routine can definitely end up making you a better runner, targeting different muscle sets.

More Residency Woes in Kuwait

This one however is not borne by the resident, unless their company makes them pay for their residency.

According to MOSAL (Ministry of Social Affairs & Labor), your residency renewal period cannot exceed the company’s commercial licence validity.

The company’s commercial licence is strategically placed near all entrances to the company and looks something like this:

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Now if you look at the 2nd pink box from the left on the top, you’ll find an expiry date (in this case its 28/08/2014).

What this means is, if a person’s residency expires 28/12/13, it can only be renewed upto 28/08/2014.

Add to that woe, the company’s commercial registration can only be renewed 2 months before it expires. So going by the same example above, suppose a person’s residency expires 28/05/2014; it would only be renewed up to 28/08/2014 (i.e. 3 months) after which said employee would need another residency stamp.

If your company charges you for your residency (and yes, some companies DO do that), you’ll be doubly screwed.

Technically it makes sense; a company’s employee cannot have residency that exceeds the company’s commercial licence. However there is nothing which states that the company is responsible for any legal charges that arise against the employee should its licence expire close to their residency expiry.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens with this.

Parents/Teachers- Teach Your Children about Jaywalking!

Dear Parents, Friends of Parents, Neighbors of Parents, Frenemies of Parents, Friends of Expecting Parents, Planning Parents, Teachers, Friends of Teachers, Neighbors of Teachers etc etc,

Hark! The world is a dangerous place to the unprepared!

As you all well know, Kuwait is suffering from an exacerbating traffic problem – the main cause of this is the aforementioned groups (teachers, parents – mainly schools) however, we are not here to point fingers and place blame, we are here for the children.

Most of the time, you find any traffic jam you are 99.98754% likely to find a school in the vicinity (except main roads like 30, 40 etc). Initially I had thought parents should not be parking their cars, taking their kids by the hand to cross the street or walk towards the school. That is until this morning.

Whilst driving to work I took a shortcut that unfortunately turned to a near-dead end due to an unforeseen school causing a backlog of cars. The road was a two-way street, so the side coming towards me was completely gridlocked. My path was clear past the turn where parents went in towards the school. Miraculously I managed to cut through and go towards the main road (distance: 4 or 5 blocks). As I was driving toward the main road, which was also gridlocked, all of the sudden a little girl and what I assume is her brother DARTED in front of me! Mind you, the cars on my left were not moving, but the lane I was in was OPEN AND EMPTY. These little children, who’s heads were barely over the hood of my car, RAN between the parked cars onto the road they BELIEVED to be clear. They did not stop to look, they just ran across.

They were not Asian

They were not Asian

Luckily, I was able to stop in time, they literally made it out between two cars as the front edge of my car pulled forward.

I ask you; what are parents teaching their children nowadays?! At school I remember reading stories about looking both ways before crossing, at home I remember my parents instilling in me that I have to look both ways before crossing, even on a one-way street.

At first I thought, why are kids rushing to get to school? The bell won’t ring now it was 7:20AM, their parents aren’t late for work (technically, yet) so what on earth would possess this mongrels to just dart across the street like that? Then I figured, even if they are late, and even if their parents are late for work, CAUTION IS KEY!

Parents, Teachers, PLEASE teach children the basics of how to cross the street, as it seems common sense is not so common when dealing with pint sized runts.

Rant off.

Dear Kuwait – Stop Rubber Necking

We have all been there; you are driving home from work, you’re tired, you’re excited, you want to get home as fast as possible to see where you will likely end up; the couch or the outside.

Suddenly, the route you take 300-something days a year is gridlocked. You start dozing off in your car, you wonder what could the reason possibly be.

As you get closer you realize – there is an accident. On the other side of the road.

Everyone is slowing down to watch.

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And blog/ tweet/ insta the insanity to their friends/ followers.

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Everyone suddenly becomes a roving reporter on the scene. Lets face the facts, we all did it once, or twice. Or always. With the invention of the smart phone, and 4G LTE internet, we are quick to post vids/ images live on the scene.

Asides from causing a huge traffic jam, rubber necking – the act of gawking at something, can have disastrous consequences:

A cleaner who was cleaning the scene of a traffic accident lost his leg after being hit by a motorbike on Shaikh Zayed Road, while a policeman responding to a road accident near Arabian Ranches died when he was struck by a driver while getting out of his vehicle. Investigations revealed that the driver was looking at the accident and did not see the police officer. (link)

The UK is one of the first countries to hit back against this negative trend by taking legal action against rubber necking motorists who will be charged with either driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users. (link)

It is time for Kuwait to step up and do the same; forget asking the MOI to do something about it – take an initiative and do the following:

a) Stop doing it yourself – stop taking out your phone at crashes to take pictures.

b) Tell your friends on Facebook, and your Followers on Instagram/Twitter, who post such pictures not to do so, as the consequences can be disastrous.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

PS We don’t mean this rubber neckin’:

We support this wholeheartedly!

Kuwait’s New Traffic Laws – What you need to Know

The roads of Kuwait are in disarray, the General Traffic Department (GTD) is currently in its “Traffic week” with nice antics such as passing flowers to motorists (link).

As sweet as that may sound, there is also the issue of the following announcement, on an advertising account on Instagram, no doubt purported after a wave of posts pertaining the subject were made:

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MOI: Impounding any vehicles bearing writings or unofficial stickers or advertising or pictures or slogans, and the violating motorist.

As there was no official channel used to inform motorists of this new rule, one would be smart in dismissing it as hearsay.

One would be wrong, as I am living proof that this new traffic law is in in fact in effect, and motorists left right and center are getting their vehicles impounded because of it.

Just so you are aware, any sticker, of any kind, be it a picture of Baba Jaber, an Islamic verse etc. is a violation. It is up to the officer who see’s you whether or not they ticket you for it.

FACT: they even consider the Prado and Pajero names on the doors to be stickers, and have impounded vehicles for them. Trust me, I saw it first hand.

Here are a few anecdotal responses found on instragram as a result of this new traffic law:

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“they might as well just write my name lol”

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“I have a picture of Baba Jaber, I won’t remove it lol, let him write tickets till his book is finished”

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I say let us return to the days of riding camels and go everywhere on it, this is ridiculous, everything is forbidden”

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“they stop you even for the Apple Logo”

 

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“I challenge any SOB to impound my “Motor”, let them eat ****”

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“I have a picture of Baba Jaber <3”

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“your salaries are paid from our pockets lol”

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“I’m going out to write on my car, I want it to get impounded”

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“soon they will impound our underwear”

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“better remove the service sticker (found on the inside of the windshield)”

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“if you blow your horn they’ll impound your car”

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*Expletives*

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“soon they’ll issue a law for underwear without a licence”

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“they’re getting the money to pay for the flowers they passed out”

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“apparently they were passing out flowers to their friends only – God is above and anyone given an unjust ticket may God be in their favor” (I like this one!)

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“you go to the bathroom to pee and someone pops up out of nowhere and arrests you”

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“do you want us to ride around on bicycles to not get ticketed? this isn’t right”

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“Bicycle with a ghost sticker on it is violating? lol”

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“personally I am going to buy a bicycle with 4 tires”

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*Apparently this one is dying for a licence so he’ll go as far as removing everything from the car once he gets a licence”

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“no shading, no stickers, you cannot do anything to your car, one second who bought the car? who paid for it? us or you?!! seriously, the car or anything I buy with my money I have the right to do whatever I want to it so long as I do not offend anyone. Think, learn from abroad”

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“question, when they issue these rules how do we know of them if there is no instagram 🙂 every day a new law, and we’re like if your violating or not violating yalla sign you dog 🙂 go home and don’t it again”

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