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New visa transfer rule from next week

posted on 26/05/2003: 959 views

The new law on transfer of sponsorship will be implemented from next week, Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, told Gulf News yesterday. According to the recently amended federal law, those seeking to transfer their sponsorship must have spent at least one year in the first job instead of two as was initially decided. Al Tayer said a circular will be distributed among the ministry's labour departments to implement the new regulation.

Workers of nine categories such as engineers, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, university and higher college teachers, lawyers and other legal advisers, economic and financial experts, who hold university degrees, computer programmers with university or college degrees, sports coaches, pilots and aircraft and ship navigators as well as those working in the oil sector and associated industries are allowed to transfer sponsorship. "The period was reduced to one year under the ministry's new polices that aim to reduce the large numbers of unskilled labourers in the UAE and give way to skilled labourers."

The minister also revealed that more recommendations have been submitted to the ministry's Legislative Committee to make further amendments in the current labour laws for the private sector, which include reviewing of labour policies every three to five years and reducing annual leaves from 30 days to 21 days for private sector employees.

He said the ministry wants labourers and employers to develop a relationship that rarely requires the intervention of the ministry. The other recommendations include amendments on laws regulating cooperative societies. The proposals call for exemption of paying power and water tariffs by the societies. Under the new recommendations, the societies can establish a cooperative bank. It has also been recommended that a new society can only be allowed to set up with a minimum capital of Dh2 million. (The Gulf News)


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