Officials from the Public Authority for Manpower affirmed that the transfer of family visas from Article No. 22 to Article No. 18 continues based on the prevailing decisions made in the past, and nothing has changed with regard to the family visas of wives, reports Arab Times daily.
The same sources indicated the decision to suspend the transfer of family visas for the spouses of expatriates under Article 22 only applies when there is family dispute between the husband (sponsor) and his wife.
In that case, the wife who entered the country on family entry visa (Article No. 22) will not be allowed to transfer to private sector (Article No. 18).
It was earlier reported by Al-Nahar daily that the Public Authority for Manpower was about to suspend the issuance of work permit for the spouses of expatriates who entered the country under the sponsorship of their husbands on Article 22 visas.
The sources noted the authority had agreed with the Ministry of Interior to suspend all applications for transfer of visas from Article 22 to Article 18 for wives who received the family entry visa.
The authority held intensive meetings with the Interior Ministry through its General Department for Residency Affairs and deliberated on ways to prevent the category from working in private sector.
Also, sources added the manpower authority received a letter from the General Residency Affairs Department ordering the suspension of transfer of visas from Article No. 22 (family residency) to Article No. 18 (private sector) for the wives of expatriates who entered the country on family visas under the sponsorship of their husbands.
The decision, it said, was based on prior coordination between the General Department for Residency Affairs and Public Authority for Manpower, the sources indicated.
Source: Arab Times