BAN ISSUE - REVISED
Apr 01, 2006
1. there used to be two seperate bans, one from the immigration department and the other from labour. the immigration ban has now dropped away leaving only the MANDATORY labour ban in place.
2. a labour ban can only be circumvented if the following criteria are met a). your current sponsor provides you with an NOC and you have completed a minimum of 1 year of your contract b). the company you are working for is liquidated/ closed - this does not apply to companies where they are taken over or bought out by a new owner
3. the current (as of today, as it may change tomorrow) status of the ban issue is that you cannot cancel your labour card (even with the NOC) without incuring the ban; the only way to effect a change to another company is by transfering from one sponsor to another - transfering of visa's costs approximatly 5,200 AED to your new employer - who will, in most instances carry the cost across to the employee. under the old system, cancelling your labour card and applying under a new sponsor would have cost about 2,000 AED.
4. the ban (labour) is mandatory irrisepective of what labour catagory you are; under the old system of implementation certain catagories were excluded from the ban - this is no longer in effect..... so if you are postman or a corporate CEO you can still be banned.
5. some people - such as those on private visa's (drivers, domestic etc) and anyone working for any government/ military/ police institution have a mandatory 1 year ban imposed on them, not the 6 month ban like other catagories
6. people working in a FreeZone are excluded from the ban when transfering between companies - only because they are not subject to the Federal and Emirate labour law
7. under article 131 of the Labour Law UAE nationals are excluded from the ban on terminating their employment and taking on a new appointment
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