Sponsor to pay Dh7,125 fine for failure to get maid's UAE visa issued
It is the responsibility of the sponsor to process and pay for the residence visa of his housemaid
An Arab sponsor has been ordered by the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Court to pay a fine of Dh7,125 for failing to get his Asian housemaid's residence visa issued.
As per court records, the case unfolded when the housemaid lodged a complaint at the RAK Civil Court urging her sponsor and domestic helper recruitment office to pay the fines accumulated against her for failing to get her residence visa issued, and return her passport.
The sponsor paid the housemaid in court her Dh520 July salary so that she dropped the case against him, but the woman pressed the case against the recruitment office.
The recruitment office representative told the court that they collected no charges from the housemaid, adding that they should not be held responsible for any fines against her.
The representative handed over the passport to the maid who submitted a letter to the court showing that she had to pay up to Dh7,125 as pending fines because she had no residence visa.
The court ordered the sponsor to pay the accumulated Dh7,125 fines. It added that the sponsor, as per Article 6 of the ministerial decree that streamlines the procedures of issuing work permits, has to pay out due charges against the issuance and cancellation of his housemaid’s residence visa.
The court ruled that it is the responsibility of the sponsor to process and pay for the residence visa of his housemaid. He is also responsible for all the accumulated fines for failing to do the same, it pointed out.
The recruitment office should not be held responsible for the fines as it only serves as an intermediary for its customers, and has nothing to do with their visas, the court added in its verdict. The sponsor was also ordered to pay the court charges.
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