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Traders must cancel labour cards by today

posted on 20/07/2004: 822 views

The grace period for cancellation of labour cards held by businessmen and application for investor residency visas from the Department of Naturalisation and Residency ends today. Starting tomorrow, people in charge of businesses of any size working with a UAE national partner do not have to obtain a labour card from the labour ministry.

Once businessmen obtain a licence from the Economic Department and the residence visa is stamped in his/her passport, he or she can start working immediately. The economic departments issue trade licences to businessmen and residency departments stamp their residence visas. The labour ministry will only deal with their permits.

Though there are no official statistics, an official from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, said over 200,000 were expected to come under this purview. Those who failed to complete this procedure before the grace period will face fines as follows: labour cards not renewed for six months will incur a fine of Dh500, Dh1,000 for six months to a year, and Dh2,000 for more than a year.

A decision issued last month by Mattar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, invited businessmen and self-employed craftsmen to take advantage of the grace period. Those who do not employ workers are now obtaining their residence visas from the residency departments. Those employing up to five workers, however, continue to get their permits from the labour ministry. Managers-cum-partners are also allowed to get a labour card and a residence visa. Other partners are only entitled to businessman's status. (The Gulf News)


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