Articles 41 and 42 of the Ministerial Decree no. 360 for the year 1997 deal with changing the visit visa to employment visa. The articles are given below for the benefit of Ricky's friend and other readers.
The visit visa, or visit permit can be changed into employment residence in the private sector for the following categories:-
2) Doctors, chemists, nurses and medical technicians
3) Agricultural advisors
5) Qualified accountants and auditors
6) Technicians in electronics, scientific equipment and labs
7) Drivers Licensed to drive heavy vehicles and buses
8) Employees in private oil companies
The minister of interior, or his deputy may exempt any other category for the public interest if he deems necessary. In all cases, the foreigner should not have entered the country by tourist visit.
Foreigners entering the country by visit visas or visit permits can amend their status to employment residence subject of the following:
A) The foreigner should obtain the approval of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, or the departments concerned, for those who are not subject to Labour Law, to reside under the sponsorship of the same sponsor who obtained the visit visa for him according to procedure required by the authorities.
B) To pay the fees for exemption from the requirement of departure, as specified by the Ministerial Resolution No. (6) for 1994, regulating amendment and levying some fees decided for transactions of Immigration, Traffic and Arms Licensing Departments, in case of being employed by private sector.