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Reprieve for workers with six-month visa ban
Workers will be issued new work permits from January even if they have not served the full six-month ban, Acting Director-General at the Ministry
By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
Published: 00:00 December 27, 2010
Dubai: Expatriate workers who have received a six-month ban on leaving their jobs recently will be able to obtain new work permits from January 1, if they have completed two years with their former employers, a senior official from the Ministry of Labour said.
Humaid Bin Deemas, Acting Director-General at the Ministry, said these workers will be issued new work permits from January even if they have not served the full six-month ban.
?Following the implementation of the new rules by the Ministry of Labour, expatriate workers who have completed two years with their employers can change jobs without serving the ban,? Bin Deemas told Sharjah Radio.
He said sponsors cannot force employees to continue to work for them if the workers do not wish to do so. ?If workers have quit before the completion of two years then they will not be issued labour cards until the two-year period is over,? Bin Deemas said.