163,000 Kuwaiti applied for US visa

Pedro Gonçalves
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163,000 Kuwaiti applied for US visa

Over 163,000 Kuwaiti applied for US visa in the last five years, making the United States of America one of the Kuwaitis' favorite destinations for tourism, study, business and medical treatment. 

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services, Edward J. Ramotowski highlighted that in the future Kuwaiti citizens might get an electronic visa waiver. "Kuwait is an important strategic ally with the US," Ramotowski said, adding that the Consular Services Department was part of the third US-Kuwait strategic dialogue and they had productive discussions with the Kuwaiti consular officials.

The senior US official pointed out that those wishing to obtain the US tourist or student or medical visa can visit the site to submit the applications and follow the required instructions.  "We welcome and strongly encourage the Kuwaiti citizens to visit the US whether for business or pleasure or studying or any other legitimate purpose," Ramotowski added.

We welcome and strongly encourage the Kuwaiti citizens to visit the US whether for business or pleasure or studying or any other legitimate purpose"

Not following the instructions properly, not completing the required forms and submit a photograph that does not meet the requirements are the most common issues that cause a delay for getting the visa. "Students must apply as early as they can because there are periods of time where the embassy is very busy," he added. The process takes about a week.

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the United States welcomed about 75.9 million international travelers in the past few years. The country also has the world's largest international student population, with more than 1 million students choosing to pursue their studies in the United States.