Companies face problems over ‘Work Mission Visa’

ABU DHABI — Major companies benefiting from the facility of ‘Work Mission Visa’ face difficulty in transferring the residence visa of their employees to be converted, in the end, to ordinary residence.

By Wael Yousef

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Published: Thu 9 Mar 2006, 10:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:28 PM

Dh600 is charged for the issue of the ‘Work Mission Visa’, which was first issued on September 21 for Al Mulaihi Oil Fields Services Company. Dh500 will be charged in the case of renewal for three more months at the Ministry of Labour and Dh1,200 at the Department of Naturalisation and Residency.

The facility, issued to the oil and energy companies, is valid for three months and is renewable for three more months.

Companies involved in oil and energy activities are no longer allowed to bring in experts for temporary periods, except with this visa. The unexpected problem the Ministry of Labour faced two weeks ago was that the electronic transactions system did not accept issuing work permits to the employees working inside the country on the basis of the aforesaid visa. The companies which employed them are trying to benefit from their services permanently by issuing them three-year residence and labour visa.

An official at the Ministry of Labour has suggested a partial solution to the problem by issuing an unused work permit to the employee and then cancel the same in order to get access and be accepted by the electronic transactions system. The trial paid off and the system accepted the dealings and issued the applicants the work permits. The applicants submitted the processed work permits to the Department of Naturalisation and Residency to get the approval, but were shocked when the department rejected their applications.

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