Proof of housing mandatory for new work permits in private sector
Private sector firms seeking new work permits will have to henceforth submit proof of accommodation for their workers to be hired or granted permits, as per the latest rules announced by the Labour Minister.
The Ministry revealed the new rules, as it rejected several applications this week, of firms that failed to present documents indicating that the company has already arranged housing for the employee.
According to the Ministry, the provision of proper and healthy housing for new workers is a pre-requisite for issuance of new work permits. Housing will have to be provided even before arrival of the new worker to the UAE.
An official at the Ministry revealed that the housing conditions should be compatible to that set by the Ministry, in terms of its capacity, cleanliness and hygiene standards.
Majority of the firms operating in the UAE, are now more compliant about the new rules, due to tough policies adopted by the Labour Ministry, so as to ensure a comfortable accommodation to all expatriate workers.
The official emphasized that the Ministry will not tolerate any violations with regard to suitable housing and timely wages to all foreign workers.
Posted on 25/6/2012
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