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Transfer from Family visa (22) to Private visa (18)

Please advise whether the below news is genuine or not. General Department for Residency Affairs has issued a decision to prohibit residency transfer from Article No. 22 (family visa) to Article No 18 (private sector work visa) for expatriate women. The decision also stipulates cancellation of residency of expatriate women in case of divorce, after which they should exit the country.

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Answer: A clarification was made two days after the said news item was published both in the English and Arabic newspapers. The clarification had it that there was no fundamental change in the transfer of Article 22 to Article 18 for expatriate women. However, the clarification added that in the case of a divorce the woman could not transfer her 22 to 18 but would have her residence cancelled and return to home country.

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