New job visa panel’s ‘slow work’ flayed

ABU DHABI — A survey conducted by the Labour Ministry on the process of the new 'Employment Visa Committee' set up by Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, criticised the panel of being slow and lacking a speedy mechanism in issuing work permits, Khaleej Times has learnt.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Thu 19 May 2005, 10:15 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:28 PM

Earlier this month, Dr Kaabi ordered reshuffle of employment visa panels across the country to ensure confidentiality of the committees in charge of issuing work permits.

The move was aimed at curbing any sort of nepotism or favouritism that work permit applications might be subject to, according to the minister.

It also meant to put an end to rumours saying work permit processing was prone to influential powers at the ministry.

The survey, which was carried out on a number of public relations officers (PROs or Mandoubs) from different companies in the capital to know their opinion about the work permit committee in Abu Dhabi, showed that most of the PROs were not happy with the way the new panel funcions.

"Most of the PROs disapproved the function of the panel and described it as slow compared to the previous committee,” said an official source at the ministry when contacted by Khaleej Times.

They asked the Production Section at the ministry to enhance the performance of the panel in order to ensure quick process for the transactions.

As for the reasons behind backlog facing the panel, the official said that it being newly formed the committee members require some time to get themselves well acquainted with the procedures needed to issue work permit, so as to guarantee accurate and fair judgment.

"Granting work permits, is a sensitive decision and requires a lot of attention and knowledge about the needed procedure. The panel should be very careful to leave no room for mistakes,” explained the official.

He underlined the recent few meetings held for the members of the committees in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai have also contributed in somehow impeding the panel’s smooth functioning.

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