Monday, 28 December 2015

UAE to remove 6-month labour ban from Jan 2016

The labour ban can be dismissed if the work permit and employment are terminated in mutual agreement between employee and employer.

Ministry of Labour Al Qusais Dubai
The New Year will acclaim the ban-free labour sector in the UAE, much to the benefit for thousands of expatriates.

The Ministry of Labour reported that beginning January 2016, it is going to revoke the six months ban rule, if the employees and employer choose for the mutual termination of the work permit.

The new labour law is part of the new resolutions issued by the Mr. Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash - Labour Minister in September this year.

Humaid Rashid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary at Ministry of Labour, stated that under the new resolution, employees who desire to terminate job contract with a permission from their employers will be permitted to transfer to other companies, even if they have not completed two years at the present office or company.

However, employees in grade IV and V who have not completed six months with the first job are exempted from this rule, he further added.

Al Suwaidi mentioned that currently workers who have even completed two years are also not permitted to transfer to a different company immediately. They are really allowed to join up another job only after a period of six months from the date of cancellation of the work permit.

Al Suwaidi verified that the new rule is meant to attract and retain talent, and is in line with the strategic objective of the UAE government to being a knowledge-based economy attracting worldwide talent for jobs in UAE.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Lifting of Labour ban for Professionals

Employees with Professional Qualifications will be able to lift labour ban in UAE for some cases. In this case a personal manager in Abu Dhabi with MBA degree working under an unlimited contract for the last eight months want to change his job. The following details advises the possibilities arising in such situation and the available options for him to join a new job in UAE.

Lifting of Labour ban in UAE for Professionals
An individual may resign from your employment serving a 30 days' notice to your company since you are on an unlimited contract. It is in accordance with Article 117 (1) of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 (Labour Law), which says: "Both the employer and the worker may terminate a contract of employment of unlimited duration for a valid reason at any time following its conclusion by giving the other party notice in writing at least 30 days before the termination."

Given that you haven't finished one year of service, an automatic 6 months or one year labour ban may be made by the Ministry of Labour by the request of your employer. No employment visa will be issued to you until the time period for the ban is completed.

Having said that, it is usually observed that your chosen prospective employer may take initiatives to lift the ban by proving that you'll be given a salary as per the prescribed norms. The ministerial order No. 1186 of 2010 sets down the conditions to impose and lift a work ban.

Pursuant to this ministerial order, even if a labour ban gets imposed, the ban may be subsequently lifted if the individual is eligible for the salary requirements. According to Article (4) of the ministerial order which says: "As an exception to the provision of Item No (2) of Article 2 of this Resolution, the Ministry may issue a work permit to an employee without requiring the two-year period in the following cases:

a) In the event that the employee is starting his new position at the first, second or third professional levels after fulfilling the conditions for joining any of these levels according to the rules in force at the ministry, and provided that his new wage is not less than Dh12,000 at the first professional level, Dh7,000 at the second professional level and Dh5,000 at the third professional level."

For this reason, as a holder of an MBA degree your would-be employer should provide you with a salary payment of at least Dirhams 12,000 in order to have the labour ban lifted for you.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Rents in Sharjah can be hiked once in three years

Rent in Sharjah
As per the Sharjah Municipality Rental Law and in accordance with the latest regulations issued by the Sharjah Municipality, the hike of rent in Sharjah cannot be made on yearly basis by the landlord.

The rent of leased residential units can be increased once in every three years. According to this rule, the landlord of a building might not have permission to increase the rent of the flat or villa before the completion of three years since the last price increase he has made.

You may contact the Sharjah Municipality for the rent related matters to confirm if the increase of rent for your flat or villa is justified. If the same is not as per the municipality guidelines and not justified, you can consider approaching the rent control committee of the Sharjah Municipality.

In the rent committee you can file an application for amicable settlement of the dispute with your landlord pertaining to the increase of Rent in Sharjah.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Employees Sponsoring Family Members in the UAE

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The below information affects only to those employees who are sponsoring their family members in the UAE.

The Immigration Department is blocking the renewal of employment visas for those employees who are sponsoring their family members in the following cases:

  1. Where the visa of a family member has expired and not been renewed
  2. Where the family member has remained outside the country for more than six months, hence the visa becomes invalid.

For the avoidance of any delays with employment visa renewals, all employees who are sponsoring their family members should please take notice of this matter and ensure to either renew family visas on time or cancel the visas before departure in cases where the family member will be away from the UAE for more than six months.


If you think you may face a situation like this, you are advised to make contact with a member of the Human Resource Team or PRO of your company without delay for further guidance and support in resolving this matter. Please do not leave it until your visa renewal time because it will create further problems.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Online visas to GCC residents for Dubai visits

Starting from October, GCC residents will have to get their online visas for Dubai visits.

GCC Visa in Dubai
From October onwards, the visa service will be available only through online. No visa applications will be available at the airport upon arrival for expatriate residents of GCC countries.

According to officials from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai)  - the visa facility will be available only through online for expatriate residents of GCC countries who wish to travel to the UAE.

Khaleej Times reported this new visa rules for GCC expatriates on Tuesday that expatriates residents will no longer need to wait in the queue to make payment for UAE visa entry permits upon arrival at the airport. Lt. Colonel Talal Al Shanqeeti, Assistant of the Director-General for Airport Affairs at the GDRFA-Dubai, said that the visa service, so far, is available both online and at the airport upon arrival. “But from October 2015 onwards, the service will be only available online in GDRFA website and there will be no visa applications at the airport upon arrival for this category” he said.

Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of the GDRFA-Dubai, said that the residency department in Dubai is working to create the procedures for all visitors and residents to the country and also to make their visit to Dubai an enjoyable experience.

He said it is for this reason that the GDRFA-Dubai introduced the online visa service for expatriates residing in GCC. Domestic helpers and others accompanying GCC citizens should apply for a visit visa and pay the fees online without having to stop at the airport to apply for the visa or to pay the fees.

“We encourage everyone coming from GCC countries to apply for the entry permits through online,” he said. Lt-Colonel Al Shanqeeti said that the GDRFA-Dubai will distribute brochures in Arabic and English to all visitors to Dubai from any of the GCC countries in order to raise the awareness on how to use the new service.

Also, the employees of the passport control counters at the airport will conduct a questionnaire on the new service to find out if people are aware of this services and if they know how to use it.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Fines increased for Not Renewing Labour Cards

electronic labour card in uae
The Ministry of Labour has informed business owners with accumulated fines resulting from non-renewal of labour cards or those unextracted by 31st Dec 2014, to take advantage of the grace period to settle all fines by paying a Dhs.1,000 per labour card violaton. The move is a part of implementation of the new electronic labour card in UAE.

The Ministry notes that as of 05th March 2015, they will implement new administrative penalties, starting by a Dhs.500 fine issued for not signing an electronic work agreement with employees within 60 days from their arrival to the country or the amendment of their residency status. 

Moreover, Dhs.500 fine will be imposed on firms that do not apply or renew electronic labour cards within 60 days from signing those contracts. Additionally, the above mentioned fines increase by Dhs.500 per month.

This is a part of the Ministry of Labour's earlier decision to replace the old plastic labour cards and employment paper contracts with electronic ones starting from July 13 2014. The implementation decision was then issued by HE Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour.

Plastic Labour cards due for renewal after July 13 will need to apply for the new system and replaced with electronic permits which are valid for two years. Electronic labour card in UAE is a part of the governments initiative to serve public through electronic systems which will reduce the time for processing documents.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Liable to repay loan even if job in UAE is LOST

With regards to Loan repayment in UAE, it must be noted that the personal loans against an individual should be repaid on installment dates or settled irrespective of whether such individual has a job in UAE or not employed. This is applicable even if his job in UAE is lost.

UAE Loan Repayment Calculator
A person writes a Security Cheque for Personal Loan
What will you do if you have a bank loan, and lost the current job and not able to get another job in the validity period of the current employment visa.

Firstly you should inform your banker about the job insecurity and inform them that you will be unable to pay the loan installments.

In the above circumstances some legal procedures will be taken by the bank to secure the repayment of loan.

However, it should be noted that, prior to disbursement of loans, banks enter into detailed loan agreements with the borrowers. The terms and conditions will be written in this agreement for repayment of loan in the event the borrower loses his employment or any other source of income.

Usually under these circumstances, banks will try to invoke all the conditions for securing repayment of the loan set forth in the loan agreement in the event of a payment default which may include presenting of the security cheque issued by the borrower in favour of the bank against the loan along with any other securities provided by the borrower.

Further, you may talk with your bank and they may consider negotiating and settling for rescheduling of the loan repayment installments till you have another source of income. You may use a UAE Loan Repayment Calculator to find an installment schedule suitable to your budget.

This will happen based on the mutual understanding between the bank and the borrower, and also the policies of the bank on repayment of loans.

Smart System: Online UAE visa fees payment Now possible

Asa part of the governments' initiative to develop smart apps for transactions, the Ministry of Interior has now introduced a new electronic service via the smartphones application (UAE MoI).

Ministry of Interior - MOI Smart Apps
Ministry of Interior - MOI Smart Apps
Customers can now make online payment of financial documents and health insurance fees which is required to obtain long term; short term; and domestic workers' visit visas and does not need to visit the related centers and concerned authorities.

Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Chairman of the Ministry of Interior’s E-transformation Higher Committee said: “This new service is in pursuance of the Federal Government’s strategy and aims at streamlining customers’ procedures”.

Major General Al Raisi also indicated that the Ministry of Interior is working on re-programming services so as to be obtained by the customers hassle-free through the available information technology means.

Customers can now pay financial document and health insurance fees needed to obtain long term; short term; and domestic workers' visit visas without the need to visit the related centers and concerned authorities.

“These services facilitate customers’ procedures and save their time and effort without the need to visit service centers, health insurance offices, and banks. They can now directly obtain the required service via the Ministry of Interior’s applications,” he said.

Moreover, he also noted that this added service contributes to reducing the time required to complete the procedures with less paperwork; in order to protect the environment, increase production efficiency, and reduce time and effort for customers to obtain different services.

Major General AL Raisi stressed the Ministry of Interior’s interest to provide all official documents, visas and certificates electronically. He urged upon the public to avail of the services via the smartphones application (UAE MoI) via its website:

In conclusion, the MOI official noted that individuals who need further information can feel free to contact the toll-free number of the MoI Services Center: 8005000 or the email:

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Visa denied for Live-in Relationship

Immigration department has issued warnings for people who violate rules and will have problems for their visa and living in UAE.

Top immigration official Ibrahim Al Madbouli said that ONLY married couples will get family residence visas and they should present marriage certificates. A man will not be able to sponsor a woman if he has not married her, but she can come on a visit or a job visa.

People who are living with pre arrangements and live-in relationship will have to face consequences.

“We have come across a number of cases in which unmarried couples approached the department to legalise their status. If a woman who has a valid residence visa get pregnant out of wedlock, she might face problems as she has to be married to get a birth certificate for the child and only if there is a birth certificate, the child will get a visa,” said Al Madbouli.

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