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Local women can now sponsor expat husbands

posted on 14/07/2004: 912 views

Foreigners married to local women can now be sponsored by their wives and obtain a labour card, said a senior official. Earlier, non-nationals married to local women were not allowed to have the sponsorship of their wives. The new system is based on the cabinet decree No. 3/455 of 2004 which stipulates that it is permissible that husbands in this category could be sponsored by their wives, said Dr Khazraji.

The ministerial decision will be implemented with immediate effect, he said. The under-secretary said the ministerial decree also stipulates that the couple should abide by the order of higher authorities in obtaining an approval from the Presidential Court for the marriage.

'The ministerial decree stressed that the couple should abide by the decision of the Presidential Court concerning approval of the marriage,' said Dr Khazraji. He said that the decision will help in overcoming difficulties faced by this category in being dealt with as foreigners. He said his ministry had earlier received a large number of applications requesting that non-national men who are married to national women get special treatment regarding labour transactions and procedures.

"As per the directives of Mattar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, to study the issue, we carefully investigated the matter and came up with a recommendation on which the ministerial decision was based,' said Dr Khazraji." I think the decision is good and quite fair. It will definitely create a kind of social stability and strengthen family bonds. Foreigners married to local women must be treated in a special way, I believe,' he said.

About the duration of the residence visa, Dr Khazraji said so far it has been agreed that the residence visa will be valid for three years. According to preliminary statistics, the ministerial decree will be in favour of nearly 8,000 non-nationals married to local women most of whom are Egyptians and Syrians. (Khaleej Times)


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