Banned workers must leave UAE: ministry

Workers who get a ban and stay in the UAE are violating immigration laws (FILE)

Private sector workers who get a one-year ban by their employers must leave the country even if their residence visa has not expired, according to the Ministry of Labour.

Clarifying rules governing expatriate workers who are not exempted from the job ban, the ministry said those who stay in the UAE after they get the ban are considered violators of the immigration law.

“Those workers who get a ban and stay in the UAE are violating immigration laws as this means they are staying without a job,” said Humaid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary.

“Expatriate workers who come to the UAE enter on a work visa, which allows them to get residence…any violation by the worker of the job contract means he will be banned from work and this will deprive him from residence even if it still valid.”

Quoted by the semi-official daily 'Al Ittihad', Suwaidi said companies which employ a banned worker would be fined Dh50,000.

During the ministry’s weekly “open-day” on Thursday, Suwaidi said he had rejected a request by a company to hire a banned expatriate labourer, adding that worker is now offending immigration laws and must leave the UAE.

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