Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Don't need to pay visa fees

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Employees are not required to pay visa fees to their sponsor. There are no laws in UAE which states that an employee should payback the employer against the visa expenses. Some employers in UAE insist their employees to pay visa charges if the employee ask for the cancellation of his employment visa from the company.

As per the UAE visa rules, if the employee requests to terminate his employment contract, then the employer is not entitled to receive any amount of money against the visa fees incurred by the employer.

It may also be noted that there are no laws in UAE which says that an employee should payback the employer towards the visa expenses.

It is against the law if any employer is doing like this and it is the contravention of Article 60 of the Federal Law No 8 of 1980.

Article 60 Re: Regulation of Labour Relations states that:“No amount of money may be deducted from a worker’s wage in respect of private claims, except in the following cases:

  1. Repayment of loans or money advances paid to the worker in excess of his entitlements, provided that the amount deducted in this case shall not exceed 10 per cent of his wage.
  2. Contributions that the workers are required by law to make from their wages, towards social security and insurance schemes.
  3. The worker’s contributions to a provident fund or repayment of loans due thereto.
  4. Contributions towards any welfare scheme or in respect of any other privileges or services provided by the employer and approved by the labour department.
  5. Fines imposed upon the worker for any offence he commits.
  6. Any debt exacted in execution of a court ruling, provided, however, that the deduction made in execution thereof should not exceed one-quarter of the wage due to the worker. Where there are several debts or creditors, the maximum deduction shall be half the worker’s wage, which shall be divided pro rata among the creditors, after payment of any legal alimony to the extent of one quarter of the worker’s wage.”

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