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Sponsorship transfer gets Cabinet consent

posted on 13/08/2005: 923 views


The Cabinet yesterday issued a decision allowing the transfer of sponsorship in all categories of expatriate workers under certain conditions. Expatriates will now be allowed to transfer their sponsorships, but must still obtain a No-Objection Certificate from their sponsor before they can transfer, according to the decision, a WAM report said.



Article 1 of the decision stipulates that the sponsorship may be transferred with the approval of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs or anyone acting on his behalf, provided that the worker has a valid residence visa on his passport. Also, it should be ensured that the job for which the change of sponsorship is required could not be filled by any UAE national or GCC jobseeker registered with the competent authorities.



Under the decision, which will take effect soon, professionals with Masters degrees or a PhD are allowed to transfer their sponsorship for an unlimited number of times during their tenure in the UAE for a fee of Dh1,500. They must have a minimum service of one year with the original employer.



Workers with a Bachelors degree or its equivalent are allowed to transfer their sponsorship twice during their tenure, each transfer costing Dh3,000. They must have spent at least two years with the original sponsor.



Workers with lower qualifications are allowed to transfer their sponsorship once during their stay in the country and only after working with their present employer for at least three years. The fee for this will be Dh5,000.



In all cases, the approvals of the previous and new sponsors are a must. The new employer will have to pay the transfer fees. "The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs or anybody acting on his behalf may exempt workers from the time period conditions, provided an additional fee of Dh3,000 is paid.



The minister also has the right to approve the transfer of sponsorship for all categories of workers on condition they are transferred to another company owned by the same person. In this case, each company must pay a fee of Dh500," said the decision.



The Cabinet also issued a decision regarding the amendment of visit visa rules, approving the revision of fee structures for visit visas. Under the new structure, a fee of Dh600 will be levied for a three-month visit visa. The decision allows visit visas to be renewed for another three months for Dh1,200. The Cabinet also issued a decision regarding educational degrees, salaries and regular increments for UAE national and expatriate employees in federal departments.

Decisions:

Expatriate workers can now transfer their sponsorship, but they must obtain a No-Objection Certificate from their sponsors. The transfer is governed by the worker's qualification and a minimum UAE service period.



The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs or anybody acting on his behalf may exempt workers from the time period conditions, provided that an additional fee of Dh3,000 is paid.



Under the new visit visa fee structure, Dh600 will be levied for a three-month visit visa, which can subsequently be renewed for another three months for a fee of Dh1,200. (The Gulf News)

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