Illegal since 1999: Worker’s plea for visa regularisation rejected

ABU DHABI —The Ministry of Labour rejected on Monday an application for regularisation of visa by a worker, who has been staying illegally in the country since 1999.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

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Published: Wed 6 Aug 2008, 1:59 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:00 PM

Humaid bin Deemas, acting under-secretary of the ministry, rejected the application on the weekly 'Open Day' held at the ministry's office. It was attended by at least100 applicants.

"The application cannot be accepted as the worker stayed illegally in the country for about nine years and suddenly decided to legalise his status," said Bin Deemas.

The applicant said he had been studying at Ajman University from 1999 to 2002, and then he lost his passport and spent years to get it back.

Bin Deemas rejected his application and imposed a one-year labour ban on him.

The ministry will also transfer the worker to the Naturalisation and Residency Department at the Ministry of Interior to investigate into his case.

Bin Deemas also refused to waive fines on a contracting company in the capital for expired labour cards.

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