A friend of mine runs a company (non free zone) and has been having a rough time with his local sponsor.
He wants to get all his staff off the sponsors visa and onto a freezone visa since he's set up a new company there. But the problem is that the sponsor hadnt applied for labour cards for 7 of these employees resulting in huge accumulated fines (thats what the sponsor tells him)
Is there anyway he can approach the ministry directly to cancel these visa's and sort this penalty issue out or does anyone know a legal eagle who specialises in such cases?
Any help appreciated
Surely in his position your friend would know whether his employees had been issued with labour cards or not?
Surely the staff would know if they have labour cards or not?
One issue is that if the staff are working illegally, they will be arrested (possibly jailed) and then deported if the labour department becomes involved.
The first thing would be to ascertain the visa and residency status of all the employees before considering any further action/ steps ...
Secondly, check the legal status of the company, if the sponsor has let the companys registration lapse this could be the cause of his hessitation