What is Probation Period?

Probation Period

A probation period is when your employer scrutinises your on the job performance. Usually, this period is in between 3-6 months. But this might be extended if the employer is not satisfied with your performance. During the probation period you may be terminated from employment usually with a day’s notice. The labour law of UAE has a provision for employers to assess your performance and judge whether it is upto the standards expected. Once you are confirmed in the employment, your employment is secured according to the Federal laws of the UAE and then you can only be terminated upon the expiry of your contract.

 Below are few things you need to know about probation period:

  • You can not be placed under probation more than once by the same employer.
  • Your employer can terminate your services at any time during the probationary period without notice or severance pay.
  • The probationary period is included in calculating your service years for purposes of gratuity and other pay calculations.
  • You are not legally entitled to any paid sick leaves during the probationary period.
  • You are likely to incur a labour ban if you terminate your employment during this period.

142 Responses to “What is Probation Period?”

  1. Fahim Khan

    Aug 28. 2014

    I am working as accountant general in fujairah. My employer is not happy with my work so i resigned after 3 months of my contract. its probation period. My qualification is ACCA Finalist and graduation also. The employer said to me u can search another job then i will cancel u. It means i am resigning with mutual consent.
    current basic salary 2000
    new job salary offered 3000 in sharjah

    Will I recieve any ban?

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  2. shalomi

    Aug 20. 2014

    im in proation period and did not complete any graduation and my employer planning to terminate my job.

    ban will be applied or not. and do i need to return back to my home country?. shall i search and join in any other company without exit from uae?.

    pls help me im in a trouble

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    • Mary

      Aug 25. 2014

      Hi Mr. Deepak,

      im a little bit confuse about labour ban. im currently working on my 5th month under 6 months probation period in an unlimited contract. i feel like the company is not gaining so i planned to finish the probation period and find another job. Do i get a ban? Do I need to pay the company for all the expenses like (visa, labour card, emirates ID, medical). Do I need to tender a resignation letter? Please help me. My sixth month will be on the mid September this year. I hope you can help me as you helped everyone a lot. Thank you.

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  3. karthik

    Aug 18. 2014

    Hy Deepak,

    I find myself lucky to have come across this discussion.

    I understand you have come across situations of this sort.

    request you to please help me with my request. I am curently serving my 6th month probationary period with a 5k remuneration. I have a an offer of 7k from another company. my new employer requires me to start work by the august 24th/28th august.

    I understand that there will be a ban of 6 months, which can be upliffted as im being offered a better pay.

    my question is- Do I have to give a notice period of 1 month?

    my contract reads the following in quotes

    “Your contract with us will be subservient to the U.A.E labour law and you will be entitled to the gratuity law applicable thereto.

    During the probationary period, if your services are found to be unsatisfactory, the same could be terminated without giving youprior notice. However, after the completion of the probationary period, a notice of two months will be required to terminate these arrangements by either side.”

    please feel free to mail me at [email protected]

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    • Deepak Machado

      Aug 19. 2014

      Under probation as per UAE Labour Law, you may resign or employer can terminate with a day’s notice.

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  4. Siju

    Aug 12. 2014

    Dear Sir,
    I am working in a company In Dubai.My visa is limited. i am still under probation period (5 months now). I got a new offer from other company. salary is 10k. I am a diploma holder. so that i need to leave this company.as per offer letter from this company I have to pay visa cost if i will leave this company under these period and is there will be Ban …?some body told that they can ban me for a one year. Is it possible to Ban one year?
    Please advice sir..

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  5. Mohamed

    Aug 10. 2014

    Dear Sir,

    Presently I’m working for AED 4,500.00 as a sales representative. in dubai.

    I got an opportunity for AED 5,000.00 in a abudhabi company as a quantity surveyor.

    I’m on my 7th month.

    I have a professional diploma certificate also.

    can you guide me that how i can change my visa to new company ?

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  6. HI

    Aug 04. 2014

    I am working in Abu dhabi since last one year and wish to switch in HFZ sharjah for new . Please advise for any ban imposing ( engg with salary more 15 k) or any difference

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  7. Pavin Paul

    Jul 31. 2014

    Hi Deepak

    I came here with an business visa and i got a job here and probation period of 6 months.The one thing is that my visa expires this august, is it favorable to give Pass port for stamping or Should i exit the country and come back here and which visa i can come back and when will they issue the work visa only after probation period?

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    • Deepak Machado

      Aug 02. 2014

      I think you will have to exit the country and come on company visa

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  8. sydney manuel

    Jul 18. 2014

    Hi,

    i have been working for 2 months in my new company and under probation, they terminated my contract due to poor performance but they never called my attention about it (or warning notice) will i get ban for 6 months? what if i can get 5,000 and higher offer from other company? will my ban be removed?

    thank you.

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  9. HIren

    Jul 15. 2014

    Dear sir I am new to dubai I came on 9th March 2014 and my labor agreement done on 29th april 2014 and I am on 6 months prohibition period though I am graduate My employer offers me very less salary and I got new opportunity offering lil better salary that I can at-least survive here what if I resign from my current company now, did they ban me or I have to pay for visa charges and if yes how much visa charges I have to paid

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    • Deepak Machado

      Jul 23. 2014

      subject to company provides you release then there wont be any ban

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  10. sahil

    Jun 25. 2014

    i am working in company from 1 year 6 month. now i get new opportunity, my question is this if now i leave this company , they will bann me or not. my 5 months is still remaining in present company

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  11. sal

    Jun 22. 2014

    hello Mr Deepak M
    Would appreciate if i can get an answer.
    I am new in dubai and have been working with my company for less than a month (still on probation period which is 6months) i have only done my medical but haven’t yet applied from my Emirates ID the visa in my passport hasn’t been stamped yet also, and my question is and because i cannot work under the condition with my actual job, i have found another job in dubai healthcare city which is more of my field also i was given an offer letter so i would realy be thankful if someone can tell me if i will meet any problems or issues while resigning and also joining the new company.
    thank you in advance
    warm regards
    Sal

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    • Deepak Machado

      Jul 01. 2014

      i think you can leave the job as you are still on probation period. Nothing to worry. Moreover your visa has not been stamped.

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      • Esraa Dawoud

        Aug 19. 2014

        hi mr Deepak ! i need ur help
        my situation is so close to this situation !!!
        i am an female Architect (Architect visa ) i joind a very small company they offered me 4500 per month !! they gave me 1500 salary !!! and they r acting so aggressive now completelty chnaged :(
        once i started working with them i saw everything is completely against of what they told me .. i worked with them now exactly around 45 days ! and now i want to leave the company ..
        i didn’t sign any contract with them and my visa (residency) is not stamped yet !!
        now i want to know i can change to another job?
        and what about the ban law !!!???? i just made the medical but i didn’t sign a contract or stamped my visa or even sign on offer letter !!!
        i want to leave and i want to know the law !
        please advice me mr Deepak !

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        • Deepak Machado

          Aug 19. 2014

          If you are under ‘probation’, there may be no labour ban.

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  12. Ajmal

    Jun 22. 2014

    Dear Sir,
    I am employed in a company for the last three months and my probation period is 6 months (3 months remaining). If I resign from the company during my probation period, would I have to pay any visa expense or any expense to the company or ministry of Labour? Also Would I have to face any ban issues?
    Please help me with your kind reply.

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  13. Jaycel

    Jun 21. 2014

    I’m currently working in freezone company in JLT. I have only employment visa but I didn’t yet take medical and no stamp in my passport yet as well. Can I resign if I only work for 2 months? Is there any expenses that I have to pay to my employer?

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  14. fabio

    Jun 19. 2014

    if the company fired me I get a banned?what is the benefit from the company I work there for 1 hears and 6 month

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  15. muhammedfemin

    Jun 17. 2014

    Sir, please advice me.. company is going to terminate me. this is my probation period.5th month. i will get any ban or not???

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    • Deepak Machado

      Jun 18. 2014

      If company provides you release you wont be getting any ban

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  16. Saba

    Jun 12. 2014

    Hi sir,
    I’m working in salon as a hairstylist but I’m on 6 month probation period I want to cancell my visa due to sickness and I m on labour visa so any ban if I want to cancell my visa before six months

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  17. grace dela cruz

    Jun 08. 2014

    Sir,
    I need advice from you.im working in green darbar restaurant. But my visa is from Khalifa mubarak restaurant.end of this coming month is my completely one year in this company.but for now I’m planning to ask to my boss a release paper. Sir, it is possible for the release paper? Pls response to me sir.thank you so much.!

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  18. shawn

    Jun 04. 2014

    Please Mr. Deepak reply to my questions,
    If I finished my probationary period of 3 months do I need to pay for the visa cost in my company?Because I don’t want to be part of the company anymore.
    Thank you

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  19. Shawn

    Jun 01. 2014

    Hi Sir Deepak,
    I am confused regarding the offer letter I signed if I am going to pay or reimburse for the visa cost, they process the emirates id and labour card. Do I need to pay for their visa cost since I am on probationary period for 3 months and I want to resign as soon as possible during my probationary period? And what if I leave without notice to company and return to my country, what is the consequence?
    Here’s my offer letter that I signed already:
    You are required to serve the service period as per the contract. Either party may terminate the contract by giving the other party one month notice in writing any time after completion of the probationary period.
    Should you resign prior to completion of one year of service or Should you decide to leave our employment after completing one year of service and before completing the minimum service period of two years, you will be required to reimburse the company all recruitment expenses which will include complete visa process expenses, and bear your own ticket to your return country.

    Please reply to this..Thank you!

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  20. Kumar

    May 28. 2014

    Hi Mr Deepak,
    Regarding to quiting job while on probation. I just finished 1 month of my 3 months proby and would like to quit. I currently work for a Private Consulting firm in Dubai as an Architect (categorized as Engineer in Dubai I beleive) with a salary of no less than 12k a month.
    Reason, my dream job (and company) have made me an offer which is better than my current..
    In my present contract, (the offer letter that I signed), nothing is mentioned that I need to pay anything, only to serve 1 month notice if I am to resign.
    Now I’m planning to quit, what are the chances that I’m gonna get banned? Could you kindly advise, including other information/consequences that relates to this (if I am to quit).

    Many thanks in advance.

    Kumar

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    • Deepak Machado

      Jun 01. 2014

      if you have no visa from your company then you can quit the job you will not get any ban.

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  21. ahmad

    May 26. 2014

    Hey there deepak
    Thank you for being so supportive to all of us, your guidance has helped many people make critical decisions.
    I have a question if I may
    I was hired by a company on freezone visa om 1 year contract and my probation is 6 months. Im here for 7 months now and my probation got extended till 8 months (did not recieve confirmation letter)
    If I am to resign, do I have to serve notice period (mentioned as 3 months in my contract)?
    Also, are there any bans of any kind, given I am working as a manager and my new job will offer same or slightly higher
    Thanks
    Ahmad

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    • Deepak Machado

      May 26. 2014

      there is no need to serve notice period as you are still on probation period
      regarding ban it will be depend on company

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  22. ahmad

    May 26. 2014

    Hey there deepak
    Thank you for being so supportive to all of us, your guidance has helped many people make critical decisions.
    I have a question if I may
    I was hired by a company on freezone visa and my probation is 6 months. Im here for 7 months now and my probation got extended till 8 months (did not recieve confirmation letter)
    If I am to resign, do I have to serve notice period (mentioned as 3 months in my contract)?
    Also, are there any bans of any kind, given I am working as a manager and my new job will offer same or slightly higher salary?
    Thanks
    Ahmad

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  23. shawn

    May 21. 2014

    Hi Sir Deepak,

    I am confused regarding the offer letter I signed if I am going to pay or reimburse for the visa cost, they process the emirates id and labour card. Do I need to pay for their visa cost since I am on probationary period for 3 months and I want to resign as soon as possible during my probationary period? And what if I leave without notice to company and return to my country, what is the consequence?

    Here’s my offer letter that I signed already:

    You are required to serve the service period as per the contract. Either party may terminate the contract by giving the other party one month notice in writing any time after completion of the probationary period.

    Should you resign prior to completion of one year of service or Should you decide to leave our employment after completing one year of service and before completing the minimum service period of two years, you will be required to reimburse the company all recruitment expenses which will include complete visa process expenses, and bear your own ticket to your return country.

    Thank you!

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  24. Dev

    May 19. 2014

    Hi Deepak, my probation period as mentioned in the offer letter is 3 months, and have informed that once after probation there will be an increment of 500.
    Now as per the visa stamped date I have completed my 3months probation. My salary date was on 5th but, every month salary is delayed and will be paid on 10th or between 20th, this time I have received my base salary without increment.
    I have been issued with warning letter during my probation. that is because whenever I asked for salary they issue warning letter the next day. So I have stopped asking for salary now, think like let it come as per their wish.

    Now, they have not intimated anything regarding withhold of salary increment. However, when I checked with accounts head, he personally informed me that, “as you have received many warning letter during probation might be a reason for hold, you may check with manager”.

    What should be done

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  25. Jamilla

    May 18. 2014

    hi mr. deepak! i am currently employed under a freezone visa for 3 months now, i am planning to resign and go back to my country. as per my company they told me that I will pay 4,000 to 5,000 dirhams if i will resign. is that true? as per my contract it states that if i didn’t finish a year i have to pay 5,000 but i’m still in probation period, so would that be counted? is the UAE labour law applicable to all working in UAE whether labour visa, freezone visa or immigration visa? pls reply. thank you

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  26. Lady d

    May 15. 2014

    Hi mr. Deepak good day!!! Ii want to know if i will be going to have a ban i was under probation i have been working for 2 weeks now im not done with my medical i want to know if i will be going to resign am going to have a ban? And how will i know if they already stamped my visa? Please i need your kind advise im not happy with my new company .

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    • Deepak Machado

      May 20. 2014

      There wont be any ban but your employer shoudl cancel the work permit before you join the other company. Or else your new employer wont be able to apply for your work permit

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  27. Lady d

    May 13. 2014

    Hi Mr. Deepak i need your advice i was planning to resign to my company as im under probation im a going to face a ban if i was hired to freezone company or may salary will be higher that my previous job like from 3000 to 5000?

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  28. hamza

    May 08. 2014

    Hi dear depak i would like to ask about my probation period.
    I have just complete my 2 months and my company fired me so plz tell me is there any ban that i will face from labour?
    Plz inform me i would be thanks full .

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    • Deepak M

      May 11. 2014

      if you have a release from the company then there wont be any problem

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  29. CHANCE

    May 04. 2014

    dear Mr. Deepak M
    ,please give me your professional advice. I joined one of the big private hospital in January and still on probation period( 6 month) till July. I am dreaming about othe job which is with etihad company( cabin crew). what are possible scenario for me if I resign on prob/ period or after/ is etihad a government company/ I know that it is national. but is it government((

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    • Deepak M

      May 07. 2014

      You can leave the job when you are on probation. but company may put a ban

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  30. Waiyan

    Apr 29. 2014

    Hi mr deepak
    I m fired from my current job within probationary period . Will I face a labour ban ?

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  31. Binoy George

    Apr 14. 2014

    I got an offer from Tecom FZ co as Admin Manager, in the offer letter they changed my job title as Sr admin Officer and processed my visa form Dubai Immigration, instead of Tecom FZ, and after six month they sent a termination letter saying my work is not up to their expectations (actual reason they want to appoint a guy from the company directors family)if the employer terminating me before 1 year do i get an employment ban if it on probationary period or after the probation period?

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    • Deepak M

      Apr 15. 2014

      If you are visa is directly from freezone then nothing to worry you may not get any ban

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  32. Dev

    Apr 08. 2014

    Thanks Deep. I would also like to clarify with you that: As I have joined the company in Dec 30th 2013 and visa stamped date is 22 Jan 2014 and in my contract my probation was mentioned as ’0′.

    Is there a probation period for me now?….

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  33. Dev

    Apr 06. 2014

    Hi Deepak,

    I have joined the company in Dec 30th 2013. and visa stamped date is 22 jan 2014. However, in my contract my probation was ’0′. And now I would like to break the contract as my salary is not paid on time, due to this my house owner is complaining me a lot for rent. I enquired for a salary advance and I was said that there is no cash currently to pay. I need to know whether if I need to break the contract do I need to pay the visa cost? and any ban will be made as this is a fault from company (article 121- non payment of salary on time)?.

    Thank you

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    • Deepak M

      Apr 07. 2014

      If you are not receiving your salary on time it is better to address this issue to MOL.

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      • Dev

        Apr 08. 2014

        Thanks Deep. I would also like to clarify with you that: As I have joined the company in Dec 30th 2013 and visa stamped date is 22 Jan 2014 and in my contract my probation was mentioned as ’0′.

        Is there a probation period for me now?….

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        • Dev

          Apr 09. 2014

          Thanks Deep. I would also like to clarify with you that: As I have joined the company in Dec 30th 2013 and visa stamped date is 22 Jan 2014 and in my contract my probation was mentioned as ’0′.

          Is there a probation period for me now?….

          Please address…………….

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        • Deepak M

          Apr 14. 2014

          It is better to check in your labour contract about your probation period clause. Normally it is mentioned 6 months probation period for all employees

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      • jagadeesh

        Apr 30. 2014

        Hi Mr. Deepak.

        This is jagadeesh from India , I completed MBA. I am working in Adudhabi as sales Co coordinator . I am not satisfied with work location, what they promised me interview , i am not getting that.
        They offered me 3.2 k for 6 months , later they will increase the salary. but they said it in verbally .
        Now they are saying we cannot increase the salary after 6 months .its against to company policy . After listening this my hopes gone, because i have lot of commitments .

        So i decide to leave this company , is there any Labour ban ? I am planing to go back to India.!

        Note : In offer letter they mentioned employee has to work with us minimum 1 year ,otherwise employee has to pay some visa chargers some other charges, what ever employeer invested on employee .
        i heard this is against UAE labour law. illegal. is it tru

        So please tell me help me with your valuable suggestion. because this 5th month.
        i start something now onward to take or search any other choices .

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  34. Sm

    Apr 01. 2014

    Hi deepak…. i’m presently working as a production engineer in dubai (VISA of production engineer too). i’m in my probation period and am not happy with the work environment in this field…. i have decided to leave my job and search for a new job in some non technical field….. i already got my visa stamped and got my labour card and emirates id…. will i face a ban of 6 months if i change my job???? will getting an NOC from my present company avoid the ban????

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  35. Kashif

    Mar 31. 2014

    HI Sir,

    I joined an insurance company IN FEBRUARY as sales executive, in March i got an offer from bank with 5000 plus package, i resigned from insurance company in PROBATIONARY period without stamping visa on my ppt. My visa will be cancelled soon.

    For my new offer at bank, I need to submit cancelled visa details only then I will get new employment visa (BANK) with in 7-10 days.
    Question: After cancellation from first employer, can I stay in UAE to get new employment visa? or I need to make an exit for new employment visa ? I PREFER NOT TO MAKE AN EXIT.

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  36. Kashi

    Mar 31. 2014

    HI Sir,

    I joined an insurance company in february

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  37. Noor

    Mar 13. 2014

    Sir
    I have joined a company on 7th jan’14 in ras al khaimah free zone.
    I am not satisfied with the work environment in the company, so I offered my resignation on feb-22, 2014.
    Now the company hold my salary from 1st Feb and uptil now.(I am still working with them)
    They are warning me of permanent employment ban in uae.
    And also asking me to pay the visa charge, 2 months accomodation charge plus ticket money which they paid while I came here.
    Beside all this they are telling me that I have to work one and half month free for them.
    Sir, I am in too much tension please help me.

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    • Deepak M

      Mar 17. 2014

      You can address this issue to your Ras Al Khaima Free zone authoties

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  38. Justin mathew

    Mar 10. 2014

    Dear deepak
    ,
    i;m a mechanical engineer works in a trading company, im in probation period of six months is there any chance of termination since i got my employee id and my visa is stamped in the passport.please reply me.

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  39. Hussain

    Feb 05. 2014

    Hi.
    I have been working here in Dubai as System Support PABX Engineer from 1st July 2013 & i have bought up in SALES VISA.
    In total with my Indian Experience i have around 1 year 4months in IT industry now Employer says they have no Use of keeping an Engineer as its a small firm with more of Technician work so if I resign now what about the BAN?

    I’m seeking for job now if any requirement please let me know .. I am good at Configuring PABX, routers, Digital Marketing also

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  40. yohan rajesh

    Feb 02. 2014

    Dear Deepak,

    I am working in uae from past 2 months as a mechanical engineer. I want to leave the company bcoz of worst environment. Please advice me that if i got good offer & i resign there is any ban?… or else wants to pay for lift the ban?… please reply me as soon as possible..

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    • Deepak M

      Feb 03. 2014

      There are chances of getting an automatic labour ban for six months.To avoid this you can try job in freezone or government companies.

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  41. Athiqur Rahman

    Feb 02. 2014

    I am working in one of the company as a mechanical engineer from past 2 months. I want to leave the company. If I got another offer, shall I go?.. & There is no issues for a ban?.. Else I wants to pay to immigration?… Please reply me as soon as possible.

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  42. Satya

    Jan 15. 2014

    Hi Deepak,

    I appreciate the time you took for the Service.
    My name is Satya. I came from India. I am working as waiter in a hotel since 16th Dec 2013 in Abu Dhabi with Entry Permit Visa (Provided by Company). I am in probation period. now I got a good opportunity ( IT) in another company in Abu Dhabi.. I want to resign from my current company and move to another company. Three weeks back they have taken medical checkup and applied for UAE id. But i didn’t Receive any UAE id. so can I resign? Is their any labor ban..?

    Once again Thank you for your assistance.

    Please Kindly Advise me sir,

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    • Deepak M

      Jan 19. 2014

      You need to check whether your visa is stamped on your passport and issued UAE ID or not . If not you can decide to leave the job at your risk.

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  43. jo

    Jan 03. 2014

    hi Deepak,

    want to know if I can resign giving 1 month notice within probationary period in saif zone? but in my offer letter I need to serve 3 month notice…. im on 6 months probation period. do I need to pay anything? all the visa expenses they’ve spent on me? and the visa cancellation fee? please help deepak thank u so much…

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  44. larry

    Jan 01. 2014

    Hello,
    I am working with a private company in dubai and my 6 months probation period will end in Jan19. My question is:
    1) Can i resign after this date (after my 6months) cos am really tired of the job.
    2) will i have to pay any fine to the company?
    3)will there be any ban on my visa/entry into uae.
    4) Whats the best procedure for me to resign.

    I hope you will be able to answer my questions and i await your soonest response.

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    • Deepak M

      Jan 14. 2014

      If you resign after six months you need to serve notice as per employment agreement
      To pay fine would be depends on company policy
      You may have the chances of getting an automatic labour ban

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  45. DINESH

    Dec 22. 2013

    I am working in a construction company as a draughtman this is my probation period (6month probation).During this period i have got offer from another company.If i resign from my current employer.
    1) Is it possible to join new company,
    2) If they ban me new company can lift the ban or not.

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  46. Mel

    Dec 22. 2013

    I’m on my probation period, my manager keep on telling us that our employment is not necessary and they do not need us in the company, I resigned but they want me to pay other expenses they used against my visa processing,, usually how much this,, and right now im still currently working with them for 1 month now,, can i request them to just deduct it with whatever days i have worked with

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    • Deepak M

      Jan 12. 2014

      If you have resigned by your own then you may have to pay the visa cost.

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  47. jose

    Dec 16. 2013

    I was offered a job by a private company in Dubai that is not in a free zone with a salary of 2500 DHS per month including food,accommodation & transportation. I have been here for almost 2 months,my probation is six months.I hold a Master’s degree in finance and two years experience.They took my visa not in my profession,before i came i asked to them why you took that trade to me.They told me that,its easy to get employment visa.
    So currently i am loosing my profession.I want to know can I resign from the company.
    They are asking visa cost and other expenses that are spend by them for me.I signed my contract because of my superior’s pressure.I am first time in dubai.I don’t know legal procedures in dubai.
    Is there any provision in law say,pay the visa expenses?I know i will get ban,if i resigned before 2 years contract period.Suggest me a better solution to resign from this company.

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    • Deepak M

      Dec 19. 2013

      There are chances of getting an automatic labour ban for six months. There are No such provision for deducting visa cost… it will be depends upon company policy.

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  48. Meenakshi

    Dec 15. 2013

    Two months back, I have joined in a school as teacher and on probation period of 3 months. During school winter vacation of 2 weeks, does shool has right to consider that as unpaid leave for me?

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  49. Divya

    Dec 09. 2013

    Will the employer will issue if I resign during the probationary period under Free Zone Visa

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    • Deepak M

      Dec 09. 2013

      if you are not satisfied with work you can resign during probationary period. But you need to show the proper reason for resignation

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  50. Rashad

    Nov 30. 2013

    I am started working in dubai from 01 june 2013.In my contract letter its mentioned as from 01 june 2013 to 30 may 2015. Now company told me i terminated form this company during this probtion period. so let me know when will finish my probation period (pls mention the correct date)

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    • Deepak M

      Dec 03. 2013

      The normal probation period is 6 months starting from your joining date. If you are not performing then company has the right to terminate you without notice.

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  51. Mohammed

    Nov 06. 2013

    I working in trading company, but I terminated without any valid reason even though I worked very hard ,sincerity and professionally to get the best result for more than 5 months during the probation period. when I asked him the reason, he simply told this is the probationary period, so we terminate you.
    My question is, is he terminate any employee without any valid reason?

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    • Deepak M

      Nov 08. 2013

      Yes during probation employer will see your job performance and If your performance is not upto the mark then the employer has the right to terminate you without notice.

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  52. Junaid

    Oct 28. 2013

    I m working in Dubai from 22nd june 13. Now i have a better offer in Abu Dhabi. My current employer is not accepting my resignation. What steps I can take ?? Please Guide and what are the consequences of cancellation of my visa during probation.please guide..

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    • Deepak M

      Oct 30. 2013

      if your current employer is not accepting your resignation then you can address this issue with labour department.

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  53. airine

    Oct 28. 2013

    hi sir,
    i just want to know if i will be automatic ban if i resign. Im on probitionary period. i only work with them for 3 weeks and i have not done any medical and no labour card. but i have employment visa good for 3months. im in limited contract. do i have to give one month notice? please help.

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    • Deepak M

      Oct 30. 2013

      Since you are on probation period and your visa is not stamped at you may resign by giving one day notice. I think there wont be any ban.

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  54. Rahul Mathew

    Oct 22. 2013

    Hello Deepak,

    I joined a new company in Dubai last month. I am under 6 months probation period. They have got my entry permit issued but not yet changed my visa status. I have got a much better ofer from another company. Can I resign without notice period and can my current company refuse to cancel my visa? I am willing to pay for the visa expenses incurred.

    Thanks

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    • Rahul Mathew

      Oct 24. 2013

      Dear Deepak,

      I am still waiting for your reply on my problem. Kindly provide guidance. My main concern is whether the current employer can refuse to cancel my visa.

      I am awaiting for your reply.

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      • Deepak M

        Oct 27. 2013

        Current employer cannot refuses to cancel your visa unless there is some work pending from your side

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    • Deepak M

      Oct 24. 2013

      If you are on probation period you can leave the company by giving one day notice. Company cannot hold the cancellation.

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  55. steph

    Oct 20. 2013

    Dear Sir,

    I am currently working in a freezone company. I started last April, 2013 and as my visit visa expires I was asked by my boss to exit to our country while waiting for my employment visa.They paid for my Round trip ticket and overstaying.I stayed and waited for 2mos for my employment visa and return back to dubai this august. Everything was already completed medical, residence visa, emirates id and labour card. My probationary period will end on the month of january or february. What will happened if they cancelled my employment and residence visa after my probationary? Does my employer will pay for my ticket back to my country?is there a gratuity i need to recieve from them or any amount since I signed a 3years contract from them.? I got a lot of expenses already while here in dubai (rents, food allowance, etc)…many debts already that is why if my visa will be cancelled how can i pay my debts…is there any ban?Do I need to pay for the visa cost? What should i received after when my visa will be cancelled in my probationary period?please do reply. I am awaiting for your reply.

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    • Deepak M

      Oct 21. 2013

      since you are working in freezone you will not have an automatic labour ban. yes if you are terminated then company should provide you with return air ticket. No you will not get any gratuity , to get gratuity you need to complete atleast one year in the company. Debts you need to settle. there is no other way. It is personal. Visa cost-it will be depends on company. You will receive only salary till your last working day.

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      • steph

        Oct 22. 2013

        Dear Sir,
        Thank you for your immediate reply to my concern.
        I thought there are some additional benefits that i will received if ever I will be terminated…but sad to say on return air ticket back to m country and my last salary …one thing more what if I was ask to pay for the visa cost…very bad! With this, for me If I will be terminated much better if I will just return to my country than start from the very beginning hunting for jobs in dubai as of today is very difficult and many companies are just giving lower salary ranges 1000-2000 only. If I will start at the very beginning then the result will be more additional expenses again that will result again to additional debts!very bad…maybe I am not lucky in Dubai…bad for me…soooo sad! well thanks Sir Deepak for your big help now I got my plan B that if ever I will be terminated I will just go home to my country….thanks a lot!

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  56. Shariq Momin

    Oct 15. 2013

    Dear Deepak,

    I am currently under my probationary period and want to know whether I can terminate my employment within the probationary period by giving how many days/months of notice.
    Also, my contract specifies a notice period of 90 days which I believe is applicable only after the end of my probation period. Please guide me in the process.

    Thank you.

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  57. makoy

    Oct 10. 2013

    Dear Mr Deepak,

    I just want to if I will be resigning in my present company and im on my probation period and I do no have my medicals and labour card yet and even my residence visa its that mean I will have my automatic 6 months ban? I have a better offer from other company and my current employer hold my cancellation papers. they said that they will only release me if they can find my replacement. I’m willing to pay all my expenses. How many days is the cancellation of visa? Thanks..

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    • Deepak M

      Oct 17. 2013

      Cancellation can be done within one day. Since you have not done your medical and dont have labour card you will not have any ban.

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  58. Joyanne

    Oct 03. 2013

    Dear sir, im under probation and my employer is terminating me because i they want me to go to sharjah for relocation, before they told me that i will be working only here in dubai but then they are forcing me to be in sharja but i refused and they told me that if i will not go there they will terminate me and will not report for work anymore. And they also said that i will be going to pay for all the expenses that they paid on me. Is that right and legal sir??? Please i need your advice because im just new hre in dubai. Thnks in advance.

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  59. Demiyan

    Oct 01. 2013

    Dear sir,
    Past two months am working for a LLC in unlimited contract now they terminated with one month notice period. I have only got emirates ID no labor card yesterday. if there is any band for me?

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  60. shiju

    Oct 01. 2013

    Dear Sir,

    I am working in a company In Dubai.My visa is Unlimited. i am still under probation period (5 months now). unfortunately i have some problems at home. so that i need to leave his company. Do i need to pay any visa cost if i will leave this company under these period and is there will be Ban …?

    Please advice sir..

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    • Deepak M

      Oct 01. 2013

      yes you will have an automatic labour ban for six months. Some companies ask for visa cost from the employees if they resign before the contract period.

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  61. kiah

    Sep 30. 2013

    Dear Sir Deepak,

    If probation period is the period when an employee can resign without giving notice, why employer can request a one-year ban in the Ministry of Labour? I am on limited contract. I want to resign and move to other company, I hope I wont get the one-year ban… Thanks Sir

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  62. khia

    Sep 30. 2013

    Sir Deepak, if an employee can resign during probationary period without giving reason and notice why some company can request a one-year ban? please enlighten me. thanks Sir :-( im on limited contract… i want to resign.

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    • Deepak M

      Oct 01. 2013

      There is an automatic labour ban for six month if you resign before the contract period.Regarding one year ban if an employee committed any serious offense then only company can request one year ban.

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  63. Neo

    Sep 22. 2013

    Hi Deepak,

    I am working for a freight forwarding company as a Sales Manager from 25th Feb 2013, near completion of 6 months my company called me for a review and since my sales figures were not available they have extended my probation period by another month. They have asked me to sign a letter saying that probation terms are extended and to be reviewed after a month. Today without having any correct sales figures they are blaming me that i have not performed as per their expectations and on my offering to resign they are not accepting my resignation as well instead they are saying they will terminate me. I am under a Dubai Logistics City freezone visa and terms mentioned on my offer letter is that the notice period after the probation period is over is 3 months (which my employer does not want to honor) on basis of the signed letter taken from me at time of completion of 6 months of employment. Please advise your views if the company can do this? or else why would they not want to accept my resignation?

    Await your advise

    Thanks & Regards,

    Neo

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    • Deepak M

      Sep 25. 2013

      If it is stated in your employment contract that your notice period is 3 months, and if you are a confirmed employee then if company terminates you, company should pay three months notice period salary. Same thing applies on the other hand too. If you are on probation period and then company wants to terminate you , company can give one day notice, same on the other hand too.

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  64. Neo

    Sep 22. 2013

    Hi Deepak,

    I am working for a freight forwarding company as a Sales Manager from 25th Feb 2013, near completion of 6 months my company called me for a review and since my sales figures were not available they have extended my probation period by another month. They have asked me to sign a letter saying that probation terms are extended and to be reviewed after a month. Today without having any correct sales figures they are blaming me that i have not performed as per their expectations and on my offering to resign they are not accepting my resignation as well instead they are saying they will terminate me. I am under a Dubai Logistics City freezone visa and terms mentioned on my offer letter is that the notice period after the probation period is over is 3 months (which my employer does not want to honor) on basis of the signed letter taken from me at time of completion of 6 months of employment. Please advise your views if the company can do this? or else why would they not want to accept my resignation?

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  65. rompi

    Sep 03. 2013

    Hi Deepak.

    I am on my husband visa. I have been offered a job in Freezone Tecom in DIC area. There’s a non-competition clause in my agreement which says if I leave, i cannot join the competitor. I pushed the employer to chuck out this clause, but refrains to do so.

    So if I leave the job during probationary period, is the ban valid on me. Can I not work with the competitor. What to do?

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  66. simba

    Aug 27. 2013

    hey.i have just started a job in august. i am on a six month probation period. however, as im studying higher courses and the job location is one hour away from my house. it is very hectic for me everyday. my father also has a business. so for example if i resign from the job, and apply for residence from my fathers bussines. is that possible?

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  67. Ali reza

    Aug 20. 2013

    Hi Deepak.

    I m Ali working in ——– company in F&B section.from 30/04/2013.

    Still on 6 month probation period I am getting lots and lots of pressure even I do my best but still at end of day its counted 0 % on my last review with trainee manager they told me that I have 1 week time to improve my performance.

    But every day I am getting so so much pressure which I never gone through in my pass 8 years in Dubai. I want to quite the job if I do I have ban on me.

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    • Deepak M

      Aug 20. 2013

      If they terminate you then they should give you a NOC. If they give you a NOC then you can join other company without facing a problem of ban.

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    • Deepak M

      Aug 20. 2013

      Yes if you leave you will have an automatic labour ban

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  68. amhed

    Aug 11. 2013

    My nameAhmed, i came from India on employment visa(company provided- open contract) now i am working with my employer since a month, i am not satisfy with this job .i would like to resignation from present job.what is the notice period in uae labor law.

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    • Deepak M

      Aug 12. 2013

      if you are on a probationary period you can leave the job at any time no need to give notice

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  69. jazz

    Aug 06. 2013

    Hi, you can call me jazz. I want to ask if I can resign in my present job during probationary period. I seen in my limited contract that I have a 6months probationary period, so I want to ask if I can leave my present job. Is there a automatic ban if I leave? I have a problem with my employer that I think is too much to bear. Time of work are not good, sometimes he speak to me not good words that you can feel pitty for yourself. And also how many times he hit my left hand by the used of metal ruler. Please help me to know give me some advise. Thank you. i start working here feb.15, but in my contract start is march 25 so if you compute the months base in contract im turning to 5 months. so i have the right to leave this company without being ban or not?

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    • Deepak M

      Aug 10. 2013

      Since your contract is limited for sure you will get automatic labour ban even though you are on probationary period.

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      • Jane

        Aug 11. 2013

        Hi Mr Deepak,

        I Also have the same situation with jazz, i really want to resign because im not happy with my job, and also my time of work is too long. The reason why i’m still staying because some people telling me that i need to pay 15,000 dirhams for my visa, im in a limited contract, i just started to work last march 17 im still in my probationary peiod. But i checked my contract and it is not stated that if i will resign i need to pay for my visa and it is also not stated that i need to compensate them. I really dont know what to do. please help me, i need your advice. thank you!

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        • Deepak M

          Aug 12. 2013

          if you are having a limited contract you need to complete your contract period . If you resign you may have to pay the company.

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  70. Lanie

    Aug 02. 2013

    Hi Deepak, I have been with my company for just 2 weeks and have not offically started work yet am just training. I am working in a salon. I have not signed anything or done a medical. My visa has been stamped by immigration when entering. I am British national. I am unhappy with the company and would like to join another am I going to get a ban?

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  71. Nad

    Jul 22. 2013

    Dear Mr. Deepak,

    I am currently under probation, my company has an excess of employees and is wanting to cut down on costs, 2 of my colleagues have already been terminated due to the fact that the company does not need them anymore. Now, since I have been performing well, the company wants to retain me but wants me transferred to Abu Dhabi. If I refuse, they would terminate me. If I choose to be terminated within the probation period, will I get a labor ban even if they provide me an NOC? Will I pay the cost for the Visa that they’ve used when they hired me? Thank you.

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    • Deepak M

      Aug 03. 2013

      No you won’t get labour ban and there isno need to pay visa charges

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  72. Alpha

    Jul 16. 2013

    Hi Sir,
    I am a doctor on an unlimited contract with my hospital. I am still in my probation period. I am not happy with my current employer and have an opportunity in government hospital. My private contract (not Labour Contract) between me and the hospital mentions 3 months notice period, however there is no specific mention of notice period during probation.
    Am I liable to give notice period to my employer? If yes, how much should be the notice period? One month or three months?

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    • Deepak M

      Aug 03. 2013

      if you are on probation period you can leave the job without giving notice.

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  73. s patil

    Jun 25. 2013

    Sir

    I hv 6 month prabation i finuahed but company extend my probation 3 month if i confirmed i am elligible for general increament june is our compny funantial budget and july increament so i loss my this increament i am not elligible for this and fear about my job was secure or not after 3month they are confirmed or not then wt to do ? Pls sir advice this 1st time in dubai job

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    • Deepak M

      Jun 30. 2013

      My advise is to wait for the company response.But if you are still having any doubt regarding loss of job it is better to look for other job opportunity in market.

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  74. bimbi

    Jun 04. 2013

    Dear sir, ive been working on our company for the past 4 and a half months… they just processed my visa, medical, emirates id, and labor contract few days ago.. that means my probation period will just start the moment my labor contract is approved? so i will have to start again for new 6months probation?

    i would also like to know how can i complain to the authorities with regards to this. not only my employer delayed my labor papers, but he also make us work 12-13hrs a day. without overtime pay

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    • Deepak M

      Jun 09. 2013

      Hi, Your probation period will start from the date of joining.If you want to complain you need to go to the labour department.

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  75. Abhiram

    May 25. 2013

    Dear Mr.Deepak,

    Good Day to you!

    Thank you very much for your time for the Questionnaire !!

    Sir,

    My self Abhiram, i came from India on employment visa(company provided) now i am working with my employer since a month, i am not satisfy with this job and also some thing i don’t like in this company, so can i resign ? is there any labor ban ??

    Note:Company did not take me to Medical Checkup yet and also my visa(residence) is not stamped on my passport !

    Kindly advise me for the same!

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    • Deepak M

      May 26. 2013

      Hi Abhiram, Yes you can move to the other company but make sure you dont have labour card or labour contract. Also company may ask you to pay the visa charges.

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  76. iqbal hussain

    Sep 22. 2012

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  77. NIGHAT MALIK

    Sep 07. 2012

    I AM LOOKING FOR SOME SUITABLE JOB IN NEW DOHA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. I DONE MY MATER DEGREE.
    I HAVE EXPERENCE OF WORKING AT LEAST 12 YEAR IN TEACHING AND ADMINISTERATION. PLEASE INFORM ME THROUGH E MAIL.IF FIND ANY SUITABLE

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