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UAE to start issuing work visas through overseas centres

Three-phased plan will start with opening visa-issuing centres in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya and Bangladesh

UAE to start issuing work visas through overseas centres
Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratistion (MOHRE) will soon implement a mechanism of issuing work visas at offshore service centres, a government official revealed.

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said that the project is in line with the directives of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, according to news agency WAM.

It is aimed at raising awareness among workers recruited into the UAE’s private sector about rights, duties, privileges, as well as terms and conditions of employment that are part of their job offers and the attached annexes. The minister added that those should be presented to them in the language they can understand well.

The new mechanism will ensure a transparent relation between employers and workers, “thus preventing any attempt to replace job offers upon the arrival of employees to the UAE,” the minister said.

The three-phased plan will start with opening visa-issuing centres in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya and Bangladesh, said Ahmed Saeed Al Dhahiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Consular Affairs at the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry.

“Phase II, which will be completed this year, will include the opening of 10 other centres, including four centres in India and the other in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Senegal and Nigeria. While Phase III  shall commence during the current and the next year by opening three other centres in India, and three in Pakistan, in addition to two others in Egypt and Nigeria," Al Dhahiri said.

Visa issuing centres shall provide administrative services associated with the issuance of entry permits to the UAE, including validating entry documents, medical examinations, and fingerprinting, Al Dhahiri added.

Employers will be required to submit a detailed job offer prior to recruiting workers into the country, containing a comprehensive description of the rights and duties of each side towards each other and in a language they can understand.

viswanathan arrekkath 3 years ago

Yes this is a good move by the ministry as most of the contract clauses are vulnerable and open to disputes.