UAE announces new measures to renew work permits, expired contracts

New measures will come in to effect from early next year

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The UAE Ministry of Labour (MoL) has announced new measures to renew work permits, previously known as labour cards, as well as expired contracts, by early 2016.

Speaking about the new requirements, Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Labour Affairs, said that from the beginning of next year, new decrees will require the ‘clear signature’ of employees for contract renewal and the issuing of new work permits, which will put an end to the current work permit renewal procedures which simply follow a notification from employers.

He said: “Workers, under the new procedures, will enjoy better options of either accepting renewal of the contract according to marked privileges and stipulated requirements in the new contract, or amend these privileges and conditions upon agreement by both parties, which actively contributes to promoting a strong working relationship. It will also enable employees to completely end the relationship, search for alternatives, or return back home.”

“Based on studies, the new decrees will end labour disputes caused by unjust labour contract submissions made by employers without referring to the labourers themselves, and getting final approval before issuing a new work permit,” he said.

Saqr bin Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour, said that the three decrees come within the framework of developing legislation to regulate the labour market, confirming that the MoL is moving to a new phase based on establishing and promoting a balanced and productive business relationship between both sides, based on transparency.

The MoL is currently preparing to implement the new decisions on schedule as an effort to ease procedures between employers and workers, particularly in relation to work offers that employees agree upon, whether outside or inside the country, and ensure the highlighting of wages and breaks, as well as other rights and duties.

Humaid Al Suwaidi went on to say that the ministry had conducted a study examining the hiring processes in private enterprises, and took into account, through its new decrees, the active measures taken to issue a contract in the preferred language of labourers prior to their signature. This he said, will help “overcome any difficulties that both ends may encounter through several employment channels, including employment agencies or by dispatching company representatives to the targeted country or even through employment websites.”

The new decrees are interrelated and frame the relationship between both sides, starting by enabling the worker to review an offer before travelling abroad then signing the new unified contract with the employer upon entry, from which point a contractual relationship is recorded into the ministry’s database highlighting all rights and obligations as per the contract.

If the worker is in the UAE, the worker must duly sign the employment offer, as stipulated by the decree, before the employer applies for tentative approval to employ the worker.

courtesy : Emirates 247

Six more centres at clinics for Emirates ID cards

From: Alisaria

Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) announced that it will open six new registration centres at Preventative Medicine Centres (PMCs) this month in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah.

With this the total number of registration centres will go up to 26 by the end of the year under the project linking visa medical tests and ID card registration, according to a statement issued by Emirates ID on Tuesday.

ID card registration has become mandatory for issuing and renewal of residence visas in all the emirates, except for Dubai where it will be effective from April next year in coordination with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. The new centres which are due to open in the next two weeks are in Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, and in Al Quoz, Satwa and Jafza in Dubai, as well as in Al Jazira building in Abu Dhabi.

The centre in the PMC in Al Quoz can register about 700 applicants per day, while the centre in Satwa can register about 1,000 applicants per day in two shifts. The Jebel Ali Free Zone centre can register about 250 applicants.

The two registration centres linked to PMCs in Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman can register approximately 600 applicants each per day. The centre in the capital’s PMC as part of Mubadala group in Abu Dhabi can register 450 applicants a day.

Besides these centres, Emirates ID is working on opening two other centres.

From 1st December – ID card must for visas in Sharjah

Expatriates applying for or renewing their residence visas in Sharjah will have to first secure a national ID card.  The rule will take effect from December 1.
The Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) will link the visa medical tests at nine Preventive Medicine Centres (PMCs) in Sharjah with the registration of national ID cards, it was announced yesterday.
Emirates ID earlier announced that the deadline for expatriates in Sharjah to apply for national ID cards is on January 31, 2012. Those who fail to secure their ID cards will be levied a Dh20 fine per day, going up to a maximum of Dh1,000 from February 1, 2012 onwards.

Sharjah will be the sixth emirate to link the visa processing and ID card registration. Dubai is expected to complete the link up by early next year, a spokesman of Emirates ID told Gulf News yesterday. The Dubai link up will complete the visa-national ID integration project. Once completed, an estimated 22,000 people are expected to register for national ID cards per day, taking the number of registrations to half a million a month.

Nine ID card registration centres — Ghubaiba, Nasiriyah, Kalba, Sharjah Industrial Area, Khor Fakkan, Al Dhaid, Dibba Al Hosn, Hamriyah Free Zone and Free Zone in Sharjah International Airport — will be linked to Preventive Medicine Centres (PMCs) conducting visa medical tests.
Visa applicants must first apply for the ID card and present the Emirates ID receipt when going for their medical tests.
They have to first complete the Emirates ID pre-registration process — filling up the form, payment of the fee and booking an appointment for registration — at an accredited typing centre before going for the visa medical test. After completing the medical test, an applicant goes to the national ID card registration section where their fingerprints and photograph will be taken.
New procedure
Emartech , the company responsible for managing the electronic forms and printing offices has completed training their staff on the new procedure.
Most typing centres in Sharjah were also oriented on the new procedures.
Applicants need not to be present at the typing centre when filling up the e-application form. They have to however, show the original passport and e-application form at the ID card registration centres at the PMCs.
Those renewing their national ID cards will also have to bring their expired card.
Dates to remember
The deadline for Emiratis across the country to apply for or renew ID card expired on October 31. All expatriates were also given an October 31 deadline to renew their expired cards. Cardholders, except children under 15 years, are given 30 days to renew their cards from the date of expiry.
Deadline for expatriates in Sharjah to apply for ID card is January 31. May 31, 2012 is the deadline for the expatriates in Dubai to apply for ID cards. The deadline for expatriates in Ajman , Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah is on November 30, and March 31 in Abu Dhabi.
There will be a fine of Dh20 fine per day, gong up to a maximum of Dh 1000 (one thousand) after the deadline.
All children under 15 years of age, Emiratis and expatriates, are exempted from the fines until October 1, 2012.

From: Raj Narayanan

courtesy : News from Gulf News

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