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Embassy Auditorium - For Holding Their Socio-Cultural Activities

Embassy Auditorium - For Holding Their Socio-Cultural Activities

            Indian Embassy Auditorium is available to various Indian Associations in Kuwait for holding their socio-cultural activities, etc. Some guidelines for Auditorium use are:

  Use of Auditorium is available to Indian associations registered with Embassy for bonafide activities.

  The interested Indian association can approach Embassy for booking the Auditorium.  Contact persons for this purpose are Shri Yashwant Chatpalliwar, SS (HOC) (Mobile: 97229915) Mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and Shri K.S.S. Naidu (Mobile: 65668644)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  User fee is: KD 350/- for maximum 4 hour event (with food served) or KD 300/- for maximum 4 hour event (without food served).

  Two weeks advance intimation is required for booking Auditorium.  Once the booking is confirmed by Embassy, the concerned association shall deposit the requisite user fee in cash.

  In the event of cancellation of booking of Auditorium by an Indian Association, the amount deposited will not be refunded.  However, if the Embassy cancels the booking the user fee deposited will be refunded.

Phasing out of Hand-Written Passports

 
All Indian nationals in Kuwait holding hand written passports are advised once again to apply for urgent re-issuance of new passports,  in lieu of   handwritten passports, under the following circumstances:-
(a) The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had set a deadline of 24 November 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports.  From 25 November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.
(b) The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs.
(c) Indians living in Kuwait holding handwritten passports as explained in Para (b) above, are advised to apply urgently for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa for international travel.

(d) For more details related to passport services, visit the website – http://www.indembkwt.org/Pages/Passport.aspx - or call Shri. Tribhuvan Kumar, Assistant Consular Officer at Tel. No. 22530600, Extn-261 or Shri. K.K. Pahel, First Secretary (Consular) on Mob: 97229948.
 
 
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Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder

Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder

We have been receiving queries from Kuwaiti nationals married to Indian women or those having parents/grand parents as Indian nationals regarding eligibility for grant of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card. The position with regard to the grant of OCI by Government of India is as below:

2.       A foreign national, - (i) who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; or (ii) who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; or (iii) who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or (iv) who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or (v) who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or (vi) who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India - is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder.

3.       Therefore, the spouse (for example, Kuwaiti national) of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse (for example, Kuwaiti national) of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder

4.       Benefits of OCI card holders and the OCI registration process:

 

(a)    An OCI card holder has the following benefits:
(i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit India;

(ii) Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and

(iii) Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

(b)    How to register for grant of OCI card:

Please visit the URL : http://passport.gov.in/oci/for those seeking registration as OCI. For those seeking OCI card in lieu of PIO may visit URL: http://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionPIO. The chart showing fee application for grant of OCI, conversion of PIO to OCI and miscellaneous service is enclosed.

Note: Since the OCI card is received from India by post after verification/clearance by concerned authorities in India, it may take about 60 days for receipt of OCI card. (Since the application is made on-line, the applicant can also check the status on-line). For any query relating to OCI card, please contact Shri K.K. Pahel, First Secretary (Consular and Community Affairs) Tel. No. 22533315 & Mobile 97229948.

Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Visited Kuwait on 6-7 September, 2016.

Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Visited Kuwait on 6-7 September, 2016.

General (Dr.) V K Singh (Retd), Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, visited Kuwait on 6-7 September, 2016. During the visit, he held a wide-ranging discussions with H.E. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister and H.E. Mr. Khaled Suleiman Al-Jarallah, Deputy Foreign Minister, on bilateral, regional and community issues. It has been agreed by both sides that the meetings for the bilateral institutional mechanisms viz. Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC), Foreign Office Consultations (FOCs) and various Joint Working Groups (JWGs) would be held regularly to further strengthen cooperation in various areas. Hon’ble Minister also met H.E. Ms. Hind Al-Sabeeh, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour (also Minister of State for Development and Planning Affairs) to discuss issues concerning Indian workers, both in domestic as well as private sectors, including the repatriation of about 29,000 Indians who do not have valid visas and non-payment of salaries to Indian workers in Kharafi National. During meeting with H.E. Sheikh Faisal Al-Homoud Al-Malek Al-Sabah, Governor of Farwaniya, he discussed issues concerning Indian community residing in Abbasiya.  He also visited a labour camp of Larsen & Toubro executing a GC-30 project of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and interacted with about 350 workers.

 

 

2.       A reception was held by Ambassador in the honour of visiting Minister on 6 September, where about 60 prominent Indians from various walks of life in Kuwait interacted. Hon’ble Minister unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Embassy premises on the morning of 7 September, the first statue in the Gulf region, to promote Gandhi’s message of peace, communal harmony, non-violence and cleanliness. He held media and community interactions in the Embassy with about 350 members of Indian community who shared the issues concerning them. He also went to see prominent Indian Businessman in Kuwait Mr. Mathunny Mathews (popularly known as Toyota Mathews) at his residence and wished him speedy recovery (Mr. Mathews played an active role in the evacuation of Indians during1990-91). During his visit to Kuwait, Hon’ble Minister visited various places of historical and cultural importance viz. Kuwait Towers, Grand mosque, Fatima Zahra Mosque and Al Hashemi-II, the largest dhow ever built.

3.       All issues concerning Indian community were addressed during the visit particularly recruitment of Nurses, Indian Community School, Parental visas to Indian nationals born before 1950, land for Hindu Temple, cremation facilities, status of Indian prisoners, commutation of death sentence of 17 Indian nationals and surge  pricing by Air India.

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention-2017

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention-2017

            The 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention will be held from 7-9 January 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. All those interested to attend the Convention may please log on to ( pbdindia.gov.in ) for registration. The programme for this mega event is available on the portal. Please register online and pay required registration fees through the payment gateway on this portal.

2.        All Indian nationals and OCIs in Kuwait interested to participate in the PBD-2017, are cordially invited to register themselves for the event at the earliest. The last date for registration is 7th December 2016. 

GUIDELINES FOR INTERNSHIP AT THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND ITS MISSIONS/POSTS ABROAD

GUIDELINES FOR INTERNSHIP AT THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND ITS MISSIONS/POSTS ABROAD

 

            The internship programme provides an excellent opportunity for budding scholars to familiarize themselves with the process of formulation of foreign policy and its implementation by the Government of India.

 

Nature of Engagement

Interns shall report to and work under close supervision of the concerned Head of Division (HOD) or Head of Mission (HOM)/Head of Post (HOP).  They may be required to conduct research, write reports, analyze evolving developments, or carry out any other task entrusted to them by the HOD/HOM/HOP.

 

Eligibility Criteria for Applying

Internship programme for MEA Headquarters is open to Indian citizens only.  OCI card holders will also be considered.  Interested Indian citizens, OCI card holders and foreign nationals may apply for internship in Indian Missions and Posts abroad.  An intern may be required to work on-site (within Ministry's premises) or off-site.  Off-site internship is not available in Missions/Posts.  Candidates for on-site internship should possess a Graduate degree or equivalent before the commencement of internship.  Students who are enrolled in a five-year course and have completed three years of the course before commencement of internship may also apply.  However, for off-site internships, those enrolled in an Undergraduate course in any stream are also eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants having an excellent academic track record and to research scholars.

 

Duration of Internship

Internship can start at any time of the year and shall be for a period of one to six months.  Extension, in exceptional cases, may be granted to a case-to-case basis for intern at MEA Headquarters only.

 

Support to be Provided

The Ministry shall have the discretion to engage interns on-site or off-site.  Thus, an intern may be required to work from within the Ministry's premises or from outside.  Necessary logistical support will be provided to on-site interns taking into account the functional requirements.  No financial remuneration shall be paid to the interns. Internship programme shall neither be an employment nor the assurance of any employment with the Ministry.

 

Internship programme and feedback

The internship programme includes attachment with one of the Divisions in the Ministry.  In addition, the internship programme at MEA Headquarters shall include: (i) A briefing session with Administration Division on the structure and functioning of the Ministry; (ii) Visit to Foreign Service Institute; (iii) Session with External Publicity Division; (iv) Session with Investment and Technology Promotion; (v) Session with Consular, Visa and Passport Division; (vi) Session with Central Passport Organization; (vii) Session with Protocol Division; (viii) Visit to ICCR; (ix) Visit to MEA Library; etc.

In Missions/Posts, the intern shall have orientation session on the organization and functioning of the Ministry of External Affairs and working of the various Wings of Indian Missions/Posts.

The interns may submit a report on completion of their internship to the Head of Division/Mission/Post who would issue a certificate to the interns.  The intern may also submit his/her views and feedback on the internship programme to the concerned Head of Division/Mission/Post.  All certificates will be issued by Administration Division based on the recommendation of the Head of Division.

 

Mode of Application

At MEA Headquarters, the applications may be sent to office of Joint Secretary (Administration) by registered/speed post, at the following address:

          Joint Secretary(Administration)

          Ministry of External Affairs

          Room No.149 A, South Block

          New Delhli - 110011.

An advance copy of the application with attachments may be sent by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.  Query, if any, may be addressed to Under Secretary (FSP) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.  Applications duly filled in and complete in all respect with required documents should reach at least one month before the commencement of the internship.

For internship in Indian Missions/Posts, applicants may send their applications to the HOC (as the case may be)by post, at the following address:

 

            Embassy/High Commission of India, -------- (Mission/Post may upload appropriate details)

 

 

 

Check List

The application for internship at Headquarters must include the following:     

1.   Duly filled in Application Form. 

2.   Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which should include copy of passport and Aadhar card in case of Indian nationals and passport, OCI card and National Identity Card in case of OCI card holders.

3.   Curriculum Vitae.

4.   Introduction letter from the Head of Institution on the official stationery where the applicant studied/studying.

5.   No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.

6.   Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects).

 

The application for internship at Indian Missions/Posts must include the following:

 

1.   Duly filled in Application Form. 

2.   Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which should include copy of passport and proof of residence.

3.   Curriculum Vitae.

4.   Introduction letter from the Head of Institution on the official stationery where the applicant studied/studying.

5.   No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.

6.   Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects undertaken).

 

Selection Procedure

All applications will be scrutinized in the Ministry by a Selection Committee and intimation will be sent to selected candidates. The Selection Committee may conduct a personal interaction with the applicant and also verify original documents.  The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final and binding and no queries shall be entertained after the completion of the selection process.  Applicants are advised to apply at least one month before the intended date of start of the internship.

 

Number of interns in the Ministry

Not more than thirty on-site interns will be engaged by the Ministry at a given point in time.  Up to two interns may be engaged by Missions/Posts abroad.

 

 

Termination of internship

The Ministry/Mission/Post may terminate engagement of intern at any point without giving any reason, as Ministry deems fit.  Ministry's decision shall be final in this regard.  Intern can choose to leave the programme, if she/he so desires, giving prior notice of one week to the Ministry.

 

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PROFORMA FOR APPLICATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Name :

 

 2. Nationality :

 

 3. Whether any family member holds Foreign nationality. If yes, details thereof :

 

 4. Address for correspondence :

 

 5. Contact No. :

 

 6. E-mail address :

 

 7. Date of Birth :

 

 8. Educational Qualification (Starting from Matriculation onwards) :

 

Sl. No Name of Board/University/ Institute Degree/ Examination Passed Period % or CGPA Subjects                                     

9. Course presently pursuing, the University/Institute and its duration :

 

   10. Period during which internship is required (Maximum 6 months):

 

    11. Names of two References from the present Institute or the Institute(s) last attended :

 

   12. Extracurricular activities/interests:     13. Projects undertaken, if any:     14. Why do you want to join this internship (in brief not exceeding 100 words) :

 

 

 

  

 

I certify that the above information furnished by me is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

 

Place:   (Signature)  Date:  (Name)

 

 

 

 

Authentication of particulars furnished above by the Institute/University

 

 

This is to certify that the information furnished by Mr./Ms. …………………………..in the application form above is correct to the best of my knowledge.

 

Recommendations

 

 

(Signature and seal of authorised official)

 

 

List of Documents to be submitted along with internship application

 

 For Internship at MEA Headquarters: The application for internship at Headquarters must include the following:        

1.   Duly filled in Application Form. 

2.   Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which should include copy of passport and Aadhar card. In case of OCI card holder the documents should include passport, OCI card and National Identity card.

3.   Curriculum Vitae.

4.   Introduction letter from the Head of Institution where the applicant studied.

5.   No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.

6.   Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects).

 

 

For Internship at Indian Missions/Posts: The application for internship at Indian Missions/Posts must include the following:

1.   Duly filled in Application Form. 

2.   Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which should include copy of passport and proof of residence.

3.   Curriculum Vitae.

4.   Introduction letter from the Head of Institution where the applicant studied.

5.   No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.

6.   Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects undertaken).

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Tagore International Award for Cultural Harmony

Tagore International Award for Cultural Harmony

Recognizing the monumental contributions made by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to humanity at large and as part of the commemoration of his 150th Birth Anniversary, the Government of India has instituted the annual “Tagore International Award for Cultural Harmony” since 2012 for promoting values of Cultural Harmony. It is given annually and carries an amount equivalent to Indian Rs. one crore (convertible to foreign currency), a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item. The Awardee(s) for every year is/are selected by an eminent Jury under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. The First award was conferred on Pandit Ravi Shankar and the second one on Shri Zubin Mehta.

2.         This annual award is given to individuals, associations, institutions or organizations for their outstanding contribution towards promoting values of Cultural Harmony. The Award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or gender. Normally, contributions made during 10 years immediately preceding the nomination are considered. Older contributions may also be considered if their significance has become apparent only recently. A written work, in order to be eligible for consideration, should have been published during the last ten years.

3.         The nominations are to be made in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Procedure, a copy of which is enclosed seperately. The Code is also available on the Ministry of Culture, Government of India’s web-site: www.indiaculture.nic.in. All queries may please be sent by e-mail to Ms. Bandana Sharma, Director, Ministry of Culture, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Telefax No. 0091-11-23383185.

Unutilised Claims in LIC, Kuwait

Unutilised claims in LIC, Kuwait

 

The Embassy informs that as per the records of Branch Office in Kuwait of LIC-International (Life Insurance Corporation) there are a number of claims lying unpaid at their end due to non-receipt of required documents from the customers. The LIC International has been sending discharge vouchers 3 months in advance to the clients where claims are payable. But due to incomplete address and wrong contact numbers, LIC International is not able to do so.

 

2.         It may be informed that the details and address of the concerned family of the deceased is given in the attachment are shared with all Indian Associations. Some of the clients may have left Kuwait or shifted to a new country. They may be aware/unaware of their policy details. LIC International assures that all help in settling the claim will be extended from their end for the client. Moreover, if some clients have lost their original policy document then they will provide necessary assistance to get the claim amount on the basis of Indemnity forms.

 

3.         All family members and relatives as per the list of claimants (attached) may please contact Mr. Devesh Kumar, Resident Manager, LIC International-Kuwait Branch. Mobile- 99315881 & 66894179. Telephone number-00965-22914255 and FAX-00965-22428775. Mail ld- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Indian Embassy Releases Few Short Films On The Celebrations of Independence Day

Indian Embassy Releases Few Short Films On The Celebrations of Independence Day
 
Embassy of India
Diplomatic Enclave, Arabian Gulf Street, 
P.O. Box No. 1450, Safat 13015, 
Kuwait
Tel: 0965-22543000/ Fax: 00965-22546958
 
Indian Embassy releases  Few short films On the celebrations of Independence day 

> i). THE SPIRIT OF INDIA 
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https://drive.google.com/a/mea india.in/file/d/0BwQXyLTnGaP7N zVGRWZ0U1c4RHc/view 
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> ii). INDIA: THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM 
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https://drive.google.com/a/mea india.in/file/d/0BwQXyLTnGaP7Z 1ZBTV9ZVFhKanM/view 
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> iii). MAPPING NEW FRONTIERS - Two Years of Path-breaking 
> Diplomacy 

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https://drive.google.com/open? id=0B59xUeRJCt0yZVB6VnVxYmFtZX M 
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> iv). 2nd INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATIONS 
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https://drive.google.com/open? id=0BwQXyLTnGaP7cHBZYXpVeU9nMF U 
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Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme

The Government of India has a Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme which was previously applicable to NRIs & PIOs of 40 countries for undergraduate studies. Recently, this scheme has been revamped as highlighted below:-

(i)            SPDC is now applicable to 66 countries including Kuwait.

(ii)          The scheme is now applicable to four categories of applicants, ie:,- Persons of Indian Origin; Non-Resident Indian; Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries; and Children of Indian workers in ECR countries & studying in India.

(iii)         The number of scholarships has been increased from 100 to 150, out of which 50 seats are reserved for the Children of Indian workers in the two categories enumerated above in (ii).

(iv)         The institutions that are covered under this scheme are NITs, IITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture, “A” Grade institutions accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) & recognized by UGC and other institutions covered under the DASA (Direct Admission of Students Abroad) scheme.

(v)          Income-criteria is applicable to all the four categories in (ii) above.

(vi)         Applicants will get scholarships after they obtain permission in the approved list of educational institutions.

2.               All interested candidates for any queries, can communicate directly with Mr. P. Bharadwaj, Deputy Secretary (OIA-II), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Telephone no. =91-11-24197952, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grant of Business visas to visit India (5-year & one year)

Grant of 5-year and 1-year multi-entry Business Visa  to visit India

Frequent visitors from Kuwait to India are strongly advised to avail 5-year or 1-year, multiple entry Business visa facilities to India.

2.  Visas granted by Embassy have been increasing due to streamlining of visa procedures, with immediate grant of 5-year and 1-year business visas (multiple entry) and 6- month tourist visas (multiple entry) to Kuwaiti nationals (as well as foreign nationals resident in Kuwait). All visas are granted within 72 hours. Visa fee structure is as below:     

 

Visa fees for Kuwaiti nationals

Sl. No.

 Visa Type

Validity Period

Number of entries

Visa Fee

(in KD)

01

Tourist

6- month

Multiple

13

02.

Business

1-year

Multiple

38

03.

Business

5-year

Multiple

63

04.

Transit

15-days

Single/double

7

05.

Student

1-year

Triple

24

06.

Medical Visa

1-year

Multiple

38

07.

Medical Visa

6-months

Multiple

25

08.

Employment

1-year

Multiple

38

 

[Exclusive of service charge of KD 3.250 by CKGS and KD 1 towards ICWF by Embassy]

3.      As the visa work of Embassy has been outsourced to M/s CKGS, Kuwait since August 2014, applicants are advised to visit Passport and Visa Centres of CKGS at (a) Indian Visa and Passport Application Centre, 17 Floor, Behbahani Building, Sharq, Kuwait : Tel. No. 22440392 (e- mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )or ; (b) Indian Visa and Passport Application Centre, Complex Kais Alghanim, 4 Floor, Mecca Street, in front of Annod Complex, Fahaheel, Kuwait: Tel. No. 22909229 (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). (c) Jleeb Al Showaikh (Abbasiya) 2nd Floor,Jleeb Al Shuyoukh Block 1,Street 1, Xcite building, Kuwait Tel. No. 24342428) ( e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The website of CKGS, Kuwait is http://www.kw.ckgs.in/

4.      The Indian Passport & Visa Service Provider, M/s Cox & Kings Services (CKGS), Kuwait has been providing visa services to Kuwaiti nationals and expatriates through their three centers – Sharq (City), Fahaheel and Abbasiya (Jleeb Al-Showaikh) as well as passport services to Indian community. The above centre functions from 8 AM – 12 noon and, thereafter, from 4 PM - 8PM on all working days.  However, on closed holidays on Fridays and Saturday, the working hours are from 4 PM-8PM only. Attestation services are provided at Embassy premises only.

5.      In emergency cases, Embassy will accept visa applications at its Visa Wing from applicants seeking urgent service. Embassy’s Visa Officer may be contacted at Tel. No. 22550600 Extn. 279 and for passport related queries applicants may call First Secretary (Consular) at Mobile No. 97229948. 

2016 Independence Day Celebrations

2016 Independence Day Celebrations

A Flag hoisting ceremony will be held at Indian Embassy Premises in the Diplomatic Enclave on Arabian Gulf Street on Monday, 15 August 2016. The event begins at 0800 hours to celebrate the 70th Independence Day of India.

2.        After unfurling of the tri-colour National Flag, Ambassador will read out the message of the Hon’ble President of India. Thereafter, cultural programme with singing of patriotic songs will take place. There is an Open House Reception where light refreshments (Chhole, Bhature, Gulab Jamun, tea, juice, water etc) will be served to all.

3.        All Indian nationals in Kuwait are most cordially invited to attend the Independence Day celebrations. (Please arrive by 0730 hours.)

Repatriation of Distressed Indian Nationals From Kuwait

Repatriation of Distressed Indian Nationals From Kuwait

There has been an increase in Indian nationals seeking assistance of Embassy for their immediate return to India. Many Indian nationals continue to languish in various police stations, Detention Cell and Deportation Centre awaiting their repatriation to India. Also, there are distressed persons in Male and Female Shelters seeking early repatriation. Some of them in the Shelters are unfortunately waiting for 3-6 months and beyond for return to India.

2.      The Embassy would like to clarify the following in this regard:

I. DISTRESSED WORKERS IN THE SHELTERS (MALE & FEMALE)

(i)       As per local regulations, the repatriation of distressed domestic worker can take place under three circumstances; (i) the sponsor handing over the passport with valid residence visa. (in such case, the worker can return to India after booking of air-passage); (ii) sponsor filing an absconding case against the domestic workers thereby nullifying the residence status of the worker (in such case, the repatriation process/formalities may take 2-3 months after lodging of absconding case); (iii) and lastly, on the expiry of residence visa of the worker (repatriation process/formalities may take 2-3 months after expiry of visa).  

(ii)      Please note that distressed Indian nationals unfortunately remain stranded in Kuwait till such time one of the above three options materializes. The Embassy makes consistent efforts in expeditious repatriation of all stranded Indian workers in Kuwait. However, due to strict immigration procedure in Kuwait, the entire process of repatriation remains time-consuming as the repatriation of Indian nationals depend on the cooperation from the sponsors/employers and the local authorities which can sometimes take 3-6 months (or even more).

(iii)  Therefore, those seeking refuge in shelter of the Embassy must bear in mind that the repatriation process takes a long time and that despite best efforts by the Embassy, there is no easy or quicker way out. It is not possible to arrange repatriation without fulfilling the local immigration procedure/conditions explained to above.

II.  INDIAN NATIONALS IN DEPORTATION CENTRE, KUWAIT

(i)       As per the local laws, expatriates detained for residency or visa law violations in Kuwait are deported to their home countries. Indians, who are not having a valid residency/visa, are detained by police authorities and deported to India. They are kept under detention at various police stations and finally at the Deportation Center, till the procedures for their deportation are completed by the local authorities. The number of such detainees varies on daily basis as the Indian detainees in Deportation Center are deported in small numbers and new deportees are forwarded to this Center by the police stations almost on a daily basis. There are presently 28,495 Indian nationals staying unauthorizedly in Kuwait (as per Data as on 15/2/2016 received from Kuwaiti authorities) due to visa or residency violations.

(ii)      The Embassy, on its part ensures travel documents are issued early to Indian nationals facing deportation. In this connection, request for Emergency Certificate are received from the police stations/Deportation Centre authorities where passports are not available with the detainees or could not be retrieved from their Kuwaiti sponsors/employers. The Embassy officials visit the police stations; Detention Cell/Deportation Centre etc. to meet these Indian nationals detained, for interaction so as to verify nationality status and for issuing travel documents (Emergency Certificates) to Indian detainees not having passports with them to facilitate their repatriation to India. In recent years, the number of Emergency Certificates issued by the Embassy is as under:

 

Sl No.

Year

Number of Emergency Certificates issued

1

2013

2,635

2

2014

2,789

3

2015

3,922

4

2016 (till June 16)

3,127

 

(ii)  In this connection, it must be borne in mind that the entire process of repatriation through Deportation Centre takes considerable time as it entails finger printing/verification and completion of other formalities/booking of tickets by Deportation Centre. It is not possible to indicate definite time-frame by which the deportees would travel to India and repatriation can only take place after completion of all formalities with the Kuwaiti authorities.

3.      This is to assure once again that on receivingcomplaints, the Embassy takes up each and every case reported for early repatriation by contacting sponsors/employers and with the local authorities. To assist distressed Indian nationals, the Embassy can issue travel documents (Emergency Certificates) after verification of credentials and provide even free air-tickets for their travel to India in deserving cases. However, the process of repatriation is time-consuming and it is not possible for the Embassy to repatriate without the completion of immigration procedure and fulfillment of conditions, which may take 3-6 months or more.

Safety precautions to avoid fire incidents ​ ​

 
Following precautions are suggested to avoid fire accidents in your residential areas:-
(i) All rooms in a flat or villa should be properly ventilated. Fire escape route should be known to all.
(ii) Curtains must be kept away from electrical points which can catch fire due to spark in the power points.
(iii) Smoking must be totally avoided within the house. If unavoidable, smoking may be done in the balcony of your house or in any open area without encroaching into the private area of your neighbours.
(iv) Cigarette butts should not be thrown in dust bins, but in ashtrays, properly extinguished. Invariably these all should be flushed with water after crushing them completely.    
(v) All inflammable articles should be kept safely away from the kitchen.
(vi) All houses and apartments should always have fire extinguishers. It is incumbent to get it checked annually by the authorities.
(vii) All electrical gadgets like air-conditioners, T.V., heaters, Iron, toaster, washing machines etc should be switched off while going on leave. Plugs must be taken out from the electrical sockets for safety.
 
 
 
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Celebrations of Second International Day of Yoga

 
The Embassy held the 2nd  International Day of Yoga celebrations at its Embassy premises on Friday, 24 June 2016from 0600-1000 hrs, in association with ‘Art of Living’, ‘Sahaj Marg’, Artistic Yoga, Harmony House, ‘Sevadarshan’ and ‘AMMA’ Kuwait.  About 1,000 persons mainly from Indian community plus some Kuwaiti nationals in Kuwait participated.
2.    As per Common Yogic Protocol 2016,  the volunteers from Art of Living, Seva Darshan and AMMA Kuwait performed the Yoga asanas on the stage and through the LED Screens installed at the two Consular Halls and at the courtyard of the Embassy, many yoga lovers performed the Yoga asasans  in parallel, in these specially made Yoga halls. Further, Meditation and Pranayam session was held at the auditorium which was taken by ‘Heartfulness’ and ‘Harmony House’. There were powerful performances by volunteers from ‘Artistic Yoga’ and a young and dedicated team of volunteers, including women and children, from Seva Darshan who demonstrated various yoga asanas and the ancient form yoga-based Indian martial arts.  There was also a Yogic dance performance by Ms Latha Kanna and her dance group.  Ms Michelle, an artist and a volunteer of “Harmony House”, painted the entire mood of the 2nd IDY celebrations, which was greatly appreciated.

3.    Dr Vinod K. Grover, Indian Doctors Forum made a presentation on ‘Stress Management by Yoga’ and Dr Prathap Unnithan, Indian Dentist Alliance of Kuwait made a presentation on “Lifestyle and Oral health” and shared some useful tips to maintain oral hygiene. IDAK also organized a oral screening camp for the benefit of the general public.  The event was supported by Indian Business and Professional Council, M/s Larsen & Toubro, Air India and Indiansinkuwait.com The event was covered by Kuwait TV Channel 2 and by local print and electronic media.
4.    The event generated great amount of enthusiasm and wide spread awareness about Yoga and its physical and mental health benefits.
 
 
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The Logo for Pravasi Bhartiya Divas

 

Government of India invites all Indian nationals and Persons of Indian Origin in Kuwait to participate in the competition for selecting a new logo for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention. Entries have to be submitted online after registering on the portal.  Guidelines about the competition, eligibility criteria and submission of entries online are in MyGov Portal at http://mygov.in/task/design-logo-pravasi-bharatiya-divas-convention/

2.        The prize money is Indian Rupees 50,000/-. The last date for submitting the entries is 5th July 2016. All members of the Indian community in Kuwait are therefore encouraged to participate and submit their entries online.

 
 
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ISSUE OF OCI CARDS

Issue of OCI cards to The erstwhile PIO card holders

 

The Government of India has extended the date for submission of applications for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder by the erstwhile PIO card holders, till December 31, 2016.

 

2.     The conversion of PIO cards into OCI cards will be done free-of-charge for applications submitted till 31 December 2016.

 

3.     All concerned in Kuwait are requested take benefit from the extended dateline.

Repatriation of Mortal Remains To India and Claim Of Outstanding Dues

Repatriation of Mortal Remains To India and Claim Of Outstanding Dues

A system is in place for most immediate repatriation of mortal remains of Indian nationals. The Community Welfare section of the Embassy has a dedicated team which make daily visits to hospitals, Police Stations, Detention Cell/Deportation Centres etc to enquire about unfortunate death incidents and to ensure that mortal remains of Indian nationals are sent to their native town/village in the shortest possible time. The Embassy contact details are available on its Website.

2.         In case of natural deaths (heart attack, sickness, old age etc.), the mortal remains are airlifted to India most quickly depending on the efforts of relatives/ employer/ friends as well as availability of flights. In case of unnatural deaths (such as suicide, drowning, fire, traumatic injury, inhalation of gases etc.) and after clearing all formalities required by Kuwaiti law, the mortal remains of Indian Nationals are airlifted to the nearest airport in about 1-4 weeks time from intimation of death. The Embassy’s website has the latest position on disposal of mortal remains of Indian Nationals since July 2014. The table below provides a break- up figures with regard to deaths gender-wise along with its causes for the period 2013 to March 2016.

Second International Day of Yoga (IDY) Celebrations on 24 June 2016

Second International Day of Yoga (IDY) Celebrations on 24 June 2016 (Friday) from 0600 hrs onwards at American International School,  Kuwait

 

You are aware that the 1st International Day of Yoga was celebrated at Embassy premises last year, with H.E. Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Minister for Amir Diwan Affairs being the Chief Guest for this event.

 

2.         In order to allow greater space for performing Yoga asanas, the venue for the 2nd IDY celebrations has been changed this year to the indoor stadium of American International School, Meidan Hawalli, Kuwait. The event will be held from 0600 hours on 24 June 2016 (Friday). Our partners for this event are ‘Art of Living’, ‘Sahaj Marg’, ‘Artistic Yoga’, ‘Harmony House’, ‘Sevadarshan’ and ‘AMMA’ Kuwait, all based in Kuwait.  Various Yoga asanas will be performed, followed by Pranayam and Meditation session as per Common Yoga Protocol.  In addition, a team of doctors from Indian Dental Alliance Kuwait (IDAK) would be conducting the oral screening and will present a talk on the “Lifestyle and Oral health” to create awareness regarding oral health management. Indian Doctors forum will also make a presentation on the occasion.  The event will be covered by K TV Channel- 2 and the local media.  Registration is open to general public on first come first serve basis. All interested may kindly register at   http://www.indembkwt.org/IYD/

Please visit https://youtu.be/B7XpkH6pzlgto view First International Day of Yoga celebrations held worldwide on 21 June 2015.

For Common Yoga protocol, please visit :  > https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwQXyLTnGaP7UzJ3WHRDNWQycFE    

 

3.         The Embassy invites participation from one and all in Kuwait at the 2nd IDY celebrations on 24 June 2016 to make this event a grand success. 

Indian Community Members Abroad Were Targeted By Gangs Of Fraudsters

Indian Community Members Abroad Were Targeted By Gangs Of Fraudsters
Government of India has recently come across several reports of frauds where Indian community members abroad were targeted by gangs of fraudsters.  The modus operandi of these fraudsters is to call victims saying that the local authorities have initiated legal proceedings against them because they have submitted false information in their immigration papers, and that it can result in their arrest or deportation.  These fraudsters would then demand money to be transferred urgently to a lawyer/consultant’s account saying that this lawyer/consultant has been appointed by Indian Embassy to assist the victim in his legal proceedings.  However, to avoid any delay due to bureaucratic procedures, fraudsters will ask the money to be transferred immediately to the account, assuring the victim at the same time that the money will be reimbursed to him/her later by Indian Embassy.  It is suspected that these fraudsters are using their hacking skills to access personal details of their targets and to off-guard their victims, they pretend as if they are Indian Embassy staff calling from the Embassy. 

 

The Embassy advises all members of Indian community in Kuwait not to fall prey to such fraudsters’ calls.  If any such calls are received by any member of the community, he/she should immediately contact Embassy officials in person (phone numbers are available on the website at http://www.indembkwt.org) so that necessary remedial actions are taken by this Embassy.  

 
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