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Ministry to link job offer with issuance of visa

posted on 02/10/2003: 988 views

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will soon make it compulsory for all private companies applying for individual or group employment visas to furnish the details of the labour contracts of the employees to be recruited, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

"The move is aimed at curbing the practice of signing duplicate labour contracts with expatriate workers. It will also boost Emiratisation, streamline procedures and help speed up the process of issuing labour cards," said Ahmed Khajoor, the ministry's Assistant Under-Secretary for Planning.

The new system will be implemented in phases. "We are in the process of adjusting the computer system and upgrading the software to accommodate the changes in the mechanism of processing work permits, and we will be ready in two weeks, and start right after that asking companies to submit the details of the labour contracts of the workers they apply for, as a preliminary phase before making it mandatory for all companies to submit the job offers with the visa applications as a pre-requisite for obtaining the visas," Khajoor explained.

The details of the contract include the salary the company plans to give to the worker in question, accommodation, leave and other benefits.

Elaborating on the advantages of the new move, he said that it would basically speed up the process of issuing the labour cards, as it will cut the time required to check each and every labour contract.

Another advantage of linking the furnishing of the job offer with granting an employment visa is its role in safeguarding and protecting employees' rights. At present, the ministry knows that companies enter into agreement with workers when they recruit them in their countries offering attractive benefits, but when workers actually arrive here the contract changes and they find that they have been deprived of many privileges granted in the first contract. (The Khaleej Times)


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