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Workers over 60 can renew labour permits

posted on 19/09/2005: 3341 views

Expatriate workers, who are over 60 years old, can now renew their labour permits until they reach the age of 65, but specialised professionals can continue until 70, according to new rules issued by the Labour and Social Affairs Minister yesterday. Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi issued the new rules on renewing labour permits and transferring sponsorship for expatriates aged over 60 working in the private sector.

Previously, workers over 60 could only renew their labour permits if they belonged to a list of specialised professions. The undersecretary of labour, or the assistant undersecretary, had to approve all renewals. Labour permit renewal was carried out yearly, instead of every three years like all other workers, and would cost Dh5,000.

According to the new rules set out in ministerial decision 854 for 2005, all workers aged 60 to 65 can now renew their labour cards yearly, after paying all transaction fees. However, workers aged 65 to 70 can only renew their labour cards if they belong to one of the 11 professions.

They are the engineers, doctors, university professors, accountant or auditor, technicians working on electronic equipment or in a laboratory, specialists in privately-owned oil companies, specialists in the media, lawyers, translators, and consultants in all fields or any other professions the undersecretary of labour or the assistant undersecretary agrees on.

The rules make a distinction between people renewing their labour permit, and those applying for a labour permit for the first time.

For first timers, the rules are harsher. People aged between 60 and 65 can apply for a labour permit only if they belong to one of the 11 professions listed in the decision, according to Humaid Bin Deemas, assistant undersecretary of labour at the ministry. The ministerial decision allows all workers from 60 to 65 to change sponsors. Workers aged between 65 to 70 can also change sponsors. Bin Deemas said businesses which wanted to hold on to highly experienced staff and specialists should be prepared to pay Dh5,000 a year. (The Gulf News)


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