Non-dependent spouses at non-family duty stations

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Non-dependent spouses at non-family duty stations

Post by user567 » 11 May 2020, 21:27

Hi everyone,
I'm trying to find out if there's any wiggle room with non-dependent spouses coming to non-family duty stations. For example, if the spouse was able to get a separate work visa, would this still be not allowed? Are there any other possibilities of how this could be done? Policy guidance is only referring to dependents. Have you ever heard of someone who's spouse has been able to do something like this? Thank you in advance!

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Re: Non-dependent spouses at non-family duty stations

Post by baraf » 17 Jul 2020, 12:30

Hi, I think it really depends on the duty station. I was in Pakistan while it was still a non-family duty station (now they have elevated to family duty station level C), and a few people had their spouses with them. I heard they had to sign some paper saying that the UN would not be responsible for their wellbeing though, leaving that to the Embassies. I also knew married couples working for different UN agencies, so I guess it would be similar to your condition. But I don't think that Kabul or Sana'a would allow that...that would be worth checking though.

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