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UAE expats 'can work up to 65' under new rules

4th January 2011

The Ministry of Labour in the UAE is offering an extension to the existing work visa, beyond the age of 60.


Part of the widespread changes in the country's labour law will allow expats to secure visas up to the age of 65 years, local news agencies are reporting.

The ministry had last week announced the decision to reduce the validity of labour cards to two years from three. This also gives expat workers the freedom to switch jobs without a no-ojection certificate (NoC) from the employer.

The previous law had ensured workers get a six-month ban forcing them to leave the country if their employers refuse the NoC.

The Ministry will start accepting requests from January 1 to issue the over-60 permits, while the same fees would apply as to permits for workers aged under 60.

Humaid bin Dimas, Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Labour for Labour Affairs, said: "The ministry will unify fees for issuing work permits for those until the age of 65. This is in accordance with the classification of categories and new facilities."

"The fee for renewal of labour card for a period of two years will be Dh300 for the first category. The fee for second category employees, which include three levels, will be Dh600, Dh1,500 and Dh2,000 respectively," he said.

"Employees under the third category will have to pay Dh5,000 for renewing their labour cards. Similarly, a unified fee of Dh5,000 will be applicable for issuance of labour cards for those more than 65 years with a validity of two years," said Bin Dimas.


Source:  Telegraph 04/01/11