Ministry warns against certificate forgery

DUBAI - The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs yesterday warned companies and expatriate employees against providing forged educational certificates in order to circumvent a ban on employment visa for non-Arab expatriates seeking jobs in fields other than construction.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 6 May 2003, 12:32 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:59 PM

Tarek bin Deemas, Director of the Labour Licensing Department of the ministry, denied rumours that the ministry would retract its decision to implement the ministerial order No. 161 and said that the condition of high school certificate as a minimum requirement for expatriate manpower in the UAE "is an extremely important measure since the country does not need illiterate manpower whose ignorance not only had negative impact on the productivity level, but also adversely affects the security and social structure."

He warned that the ministry would take strong action against any attempt to manoeuvre the new measure, adding that all educational certificates should be attested by the authorities concerned in the employee's country and by the UAE diplomatic mission in that country.

"Forgery discovered during the course of implementation of the order will be regarded as a forgery in official documents which will allow the ministry to refer the case to court after penalising the sponsoring company and the worker."

Speaking about the first few days of the implementation of the educational certificate order which came into effect from the beginning of this week, Mr Bin Deemas admitted that they had come across a few negative aspects of the implementation but said that this was a normal thing in the first phase of enforcement of any new measure and it resulted from confusion.

Releasing last month's figures on the number of labour cards issued or renewed by the ministry, he said that the number stood at 32,000 labour cards, 35 per cent of which were new and the rest were renewals.

However, he expected the number of applications for new visas to fall dramatically, by almost 50 per cent, within the next three weeks due to the implementation of the new order.

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