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Labour card, work permit applications simplified

posted on 19/09/2004: 1302 views


Applications for labour cards and work permits for those sponsored by their relatives have been simplified, a senior official said yesterday. Dr Khalid Al Khazraji, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, said starting from September 25, a new application form will be introduced allowing people to obtain labour cards and work permits for women sponsored by their parents or husbands and men sponsored by their UAE national wives.



"The form, which can be submitted online or through service offices, will include information about the employer, the applicant and the employment contract. It will take no more than three days to complete whereas applications previously took 15 to 21 days.



"Every applicant must apply individually, whereas the previous application allowed up to three people to submit one application. The measure will fast track processing applications because whatever is finalised will be delivered to applicants. Previously, some applications were delayed because of a fault with one applicant which is not the case with the remaining applicants," Al Khazraji said.



He added: "A fee of Dh200 must be paid along with the application. Once approved, the applicant will pay Dh1,000 for each work permit. Once the fees are paid, the card will be mailed to the applicant." Nearly 20,000 women sponsored by their parents or husbands and 6,000 to 8,000 expatriates sponsored by their UAE wives are expected to benefit from the move.



A UAE woman can sponsor her foreign husband on a labour card. The government has allowed expatriate men married to national women to work in the country while being on their wife's sponsorship and without having to transfer their sponsorship to the companies employing them.



A labour card will be issued to a foreigner sponsored by his UAE national wife, so long as their marriage was done with permission from the government.



The new application will dispense with many documents which were previously required such as an attested marriage contract, photocopies of the wife's and husband's passports, a valid residence visa and an educational certificate for the husband and other documents of the company. (The Gulf News)

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