Reader Mailbag: Should I pay visa costs when I resign?

Visa Costs recovery by Employers illegal!!

After receiving numerous queries on my website, comments and emails I have decided to write with regard to the above question.

visa costs

This is one of the most asked queries to me:Can my employer recover visa costs and recruitment costs from employees?”

In short the answer is, NO.

Ministerial order 52 of 1989, Article 6, makes it quite clear that anyone seeking a job cannot be charged a fee nor can an employer ask an employee to cover this expense, even if they do leave before the contract ends. No employee should be asked to pay for their residency visa or labour card. If the employer insists on recovering the costs from the employee, you should inform the company that you are aware of the Law. And if despite this the employer persists, you should file a complaint against the company at the Ministry of Labour.

There is another situation where the employee would have signed on the contract that if you resign before the contract ends, you will pay the costs of visa and other expenses. In such case, I believe you are legally bound  to pay since you have signed and agreed that you would pay such costs. But this is not legally enforceable as employers can not ask for such cost reimbursement in the first place.

As mentioned in Khaleej Times:

It may also be noted that there are no laws which prescribe that an employee should reimburse the employer towards the visa expenses. Rather it shall be deemed to be in contravention of Article 60 of the Federal Law No 8 of 1980 Re: Regulation of Labour Relations which states:

“No amount of money may be deducted from a worker’s wage in respect of private claims, except in the following cases:

1) Repayment of loans or money advances paid to the worker in excess of his entitlements, provided that the amount deducted in this case shall not exceed 10 per cent of his wage.

2) Contributions that the workers are required by law to make from their wages, towards social security and insurance schemes.

3) The worker’s contributions to a provident fund or repayment of loans due thereto.

4) Contributions towards any welfare scheme or in respect of any other privileges or services provided by the employer and approved by the labour department.

5) Fines imposed upon the worker for any offence he commits.

6) Any debt exacted in execution of a court ruling, provided, however, that the deduction made in execution thereof should not exceed one-quarter of the wage due to the worker. Where there are several debts or creditors, the maximum deduction shall be half the worker’s wage, which shall be divided pro rata among the creditors, after payment of any legal alimony to the extent of one quarter of the worker’s wage.”

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296 Comments

  1. Hai all,
    I am a post graduate in engineering . I completed my MTech degree. But i got a teaching job in an institute. But they gave me the archives clerk visa. Now i completed 1 month there. I have 6 months of probation period also and having limited visa of 2 years. I want to change the job now because i really dont like the working environment there. Can I change my job without getting ban? Can i pay the whole amount for them for resignation?

  2. Sir,
    I had join a company in August.at the time of join I signed the contract of one year and 6 months as probation period. But I want to resign in probation period. They ask me to pay the visa and other cost.Is it legally correct. Please advice.

  3. Hi Deepak,

    I am currently employed in one private company in Sharjah. Today is already my fifth month. My probation period will end by August 16, 2017 (6th month). However, I plan to resign soon.
    My visa is Sharjah Airport International Freezone (SAIFZone). Aside from the employment visa which I signed on the Freezone, another paper I signed with the company is “Employment Offer”.
    As per my research, it is easy to quit job if your visa is Freezone because there will be no penalty, in fact, the employer will be able to refund the security deposit check which they gave to the government.
    But what about the paper which I signed stating “Employment Offer”? Will the company use it against me? If so, is it legal to use it against me?
    Which government sector can I ask help about this?

    • Hi Deepak,
      As I have put down my resignation and they not paying me for my notice period because its written in the contract so whom should I complain this about, my company is a free zone company.

        • I dont know as I was forced to sign my contract while i was working and they did not give me time to read and sign. Also, the contract is with them, I don’t even have a copy of contract. They informed me that its written in the contract if the employee will leave before completing 1 year than he or she has to serve notice period without salary which is visa refund cost. But technically the company has lot of drawbacks and so I am leaving this makes the company in fault for the reason of me leaving the job. Still I have to pay? If the company has drawback like no insurance cards, forcing woman to work post 10pm, lack of staff so more pressure, reimbursement problem and etc.

          • Hi I am currently working in Dubai Healthcare City which is considered as freezone. I decided to resign but I am still on my probation period. My employer is asking me to pay 15,000 dhs or more for the visa, license, uniform, insurance etc. And they will hold my salary for this month and for the 1 month notice period. This is stressing me out. Pls I need your advice.

  4. Kindly Advise does the employer have the right to take 45 days salary if i resign during my probation period i am holding the visa of the company who is under a freezone licence ..????

  5. Hey Deepak,

    I had signed the offer letter for my company which states that I will pay 75 percent of the visa fees if I cancel in between 1 to 2 years, with other clauses for other time periods.
    I am in between 1&2 years in the company.
    So would I pay them something. Also note that my visa is for DWC.
    Also would you be able to advise regarding visa charges.

    Expecting your support.

    Yours sincerely,
    Sid

  6. Hello. i would like to ask, I may or not may work 6 months probation under limited contract then I already 9 months now in my work. If I will resign and look for another job, they will ban me?

  7. Hi, I just joined a security company in use, I paid my all visa expenses at my home country to my consultant, now after 2 months at the time of my first salary , companies official team telling me they transfer my salary to bank and I have to return them 500dh cash from my salary for six months for six months as my visa fee , they said they got 6500dh from my consultant instead of 9500dh , my total salary is 1782dh per month, plz suggest,
    And can I change my company within probation period of six months.

  8. Dear Sir,

    Greeting!

    I am working in Ghantoot Golf Contracting LLC. UAE. I am working as a labour in this company i have spent a 2 year and around 8 months and now am gonna resign my company. Sir, i would like to now shall i have to pay the cancellation fee or not. Please help me in this case i am or trouble because i have some family problem.

    • I am working for probitionary period. i want to ask if i have ban. i want to resign after i finish the 6 mons. do i need to pay the visa. but i read the article 60. we will not pay anything form the employeer. except u have loan on the company.. or something.. its not our obligation to pay.. what will i do? i want to resign im not satisfy , happy and im not suit on my position..

  9. Dear Deepak,
    good evening,
    I was in 3 months visit visa and i got job in dubai in a LLC company, the company changed my visa status to employment, now i am working with them, (when my visa status changing time i have signed a contract, but i am not sure whether it limited or un limited, i signed in front of the officer in MOL,I didnt get any copy of that agreement, my basic salary shown aed 4800.00/month, job: super visor position), but my visa not yet stamped in passport,
    I already finished one month here, but i am not comfortable with them,
    if i leave the job before visa stamped, can they put any ban??, also they ask the visa expenses??
    pls advice, thank you

  10. sir iam sam ,
    iam working in a real estate company .now i need to resign this job and going to my country.problem is that iam only 2 months work here.The company provided me visa .If i resign from here any cash i pay?

  11. Dear Sir,
    I am working four star hotel since last 13 months( Residence Visa). I have problem in home, I want go back. but company asking money from me. I have to pay or no Please advice me

  12. Hello Deepak Sir,

    Greetings,

    I have joined a company just 2 months back, have joined by 11th July 2016 and currently I am on probation period for 6 months, I am into a sales role which is target oriented. During this 6 months, if I resign or if my employer fire me or say terminate my services. In either of the situation, am I liable to pay back my Labor card expenses and visa cost ?? In my offer letter, he has mentioned, that if I fail to fulfill given targets, he can terminate my services by asking me to pay for labor card fees, but going through all the above conversation of different people and your answers to them, it is against UAE law to ask back the labor card expense. can you help please

  13. Dear Deepak
    I paid for my visa in my home country, now I want my money back from the company because my company is terminating me from the job, do I have right to take my money back or what proof is required to show to MOL that I paid to them for visa?????

  14. Sir ,I am am currently working as a security guard since 8 months.I wanna change my job because I don’t like my job.what is the detail process to change the job directly without exit from UAE..shall I have to pay any compensation to company…..I also wanna know if company will ban me.then what is the process to remove the ban……please please help me.sir,i am in a serious confusion….

  15. Hello Mr. Deepak,

    I have just resigned from my current company. The offer which was been offered by my current company states that I have to pay AED 5,000/- if I wish to resign before the completion of Contract period of 2 years.

    I just want to know whether I am liable to pay current company AED 5,000/- as visa expenses cost.

    Awaiting for your reply.

    Regards,
    Pritesh Gianchandani

  16. Helow sir ,

    I hav been working in a cleaning company since 15 months.its tanzifco emirates llc.its a company we have to pay for emirates id,gas,company id etc…gives fine too much on little matters.smtimes its worse.employees r rude towards employers.

    Our duty hour is long bt salary is low n duty is tight as well.i was givin job to work outside on heat sunlight as a cleaner.i coulnt do it caz of heat asked for change but didnt listen.i was continue doing it bt after tat i got serious problem at my home.then i gave regin letter.they try to threaten
    They ask for visa recovery money to me.
    Sir,do i have to pay?

    Looking forward to ur suggestion

  17. Dear Sir Deepak
    I am Dhinu Vimalanathan working as a chef in a four star hotel in dubai . I just joined here at December 18th of 2015 only . I don’t like the circumstances which I am working. So I am found another job. I am resigned here too.
    I am signed the contract of two years of present company . There is mentioned ‘If you are resigned before finished the contract you should pay three months salary and visa cost’. Is it legal ? should I pay them 3 month salary?
    My last duty here will be april 10th of 2016 as per resignation letter. Any other way to get cancell of visa without pay a large amount of money? can I contact MOL?
    Hope you’re valuable reply and consideration
    Thanks
    Dhinu

  18. Dear Deepak
    I am Dhinu Vimalanathan working as a chef in a four star hotel dubai. I am joined here at dec 18 of 2015. Unfortunately i don’t like the circumstances which I am working. So I found another job. I am resigned here too. But I am signed the contract paper and there is mentioned ‘If you resigned before finished the contract you shold pay three month salary and visa costs’. Is it illegal? And should pay them three months salary? Or visa costs.
    April 10th of 2016 will be my last duty as per my resignation letter. Can I go Minisrty of labour ?
    Hope your valuable reply
    Thanks Dhinu

  19. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    I am working for days in my company I want to leave because working hours is too long. like, 2 days 10hrs, 2 days 12hrs.And my company is forcing me to sign a voucher stating that I have 3,600 cash advance (Personal Account) .. I dont want to sign because I did not received such amount..my boss told me that its just a proof that the money was used for my visa. They keep on forcing me to sign. And there is another thing before I left UAE for exit the PRO made me sign and put thumbmark in a blank paper said that its for labour.. What will I do? Do I have to pay my visa id I wanna leave the company? PLEASE REPLY, God bless!

  20. Greetings Deepak,
    My visa on husbands sponsorship. I’m working & I have NOC from my husband. the company I am working with is delaying with issuing my Labor card. Who is legally responsible in this case, the company or I?
    regards

  21. Sir,
    I work a company that labour supply, came visit visa and company gave me a copy of entry permit visa that 18-01-2016 to 17-03-2016 validity. Though Medical test not be done. Now I want to resign the job, go to india. How it is possible

  22. Hi sir good day

    I am planning to resign with my current job . But my problem is i sign a letter that if i resign to my work i need to pay my visa amounting 8k aed. But it is not indicated in my labour contract. Do i need to pay this? Is this letter is valid? Also in my contract my working time is only 5am to 3pm but in my job offer it is 8am to 8pm what is the valid sir , the job offer or the labour contract..? Thanks in advance sir. More blessing

  23. Sir deepak I had work in my company past 4 year now I renew my 3rd visa in December 10 2015 now I have plan to qiut my job I can resign or no please sir let me know that thanks

  24. Hi Sir! Im working as sales coordinator & asst. estimator for a manufacturing company in a limited contract for 1 year & 6 months now. unluckily, I’m currently having a salary of 1800 (including accommodation & transpo – imagine how I survived all through the years) since I joined. i found a good work with better opportunities & i would like to resign. There’s a new UAE LAW starting january 2016 that there will be no 6 months ban after 1 year of service. Is that applicable in my contract if ever I resign & would I pay an amount for compensation of not finishing my contract? I need an advice of what to do? Please.

  25. hi sir

    my name is amit i m working in dubai from nov 2015, when i was in india my employer offered me a job with him then he said that he will pay 3500 AED per month when i joined his company he is saying that i m not working properly so he will give me 2500 AED per month but until now i haven’t sign a labor contract with the salary of 2500AED and visa still not stamped and also i got last month salary on 22 Dec2015 ( that’s very late ) now he said to me if don’t want to work with him then pay me 10000 AED for visa and air ticket & for everything and go to your country , i have only proof that i signed one contract ( bond) copy of india in that written each and every term and condition that i will get 3500AED monthly salary from boss .

    so what shall i do now plz assist me .

  26. Hi same problem here but I didn’t resign yet I’m just planning but it stays a plan only, I am not happy working because they yelling at me sometimes which I hate and also I’m having headache because of the cigarette smell which I’m also the one who threw those ashes, if I leave company I will pay for them 10000 aed which they put in my contract.

  27. Hi,

    I am working in an LLC as a veterinary doctor. My contract is unlimited. I worked for 11 months and i given resignation letter and observing notice period of 1 month until 31st january 2015. Now my employer says that he will deduct half of my visa charges and desposit for visa and labour card charges from my notice period salary. what can i do about it.

  28. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    My company has now asked me to exit in Oman a to a for employment visa stamping however the company said they will deduct the air fare from my salary they will only shoulder the visa fee. Is that right?

  29. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    Hello,

    I am a Filipina working as a tutor for a Libyan family they have a nanny who is also a Filipina. It is her third year currently with them, she has a problem which I want to consult with. Apparently she is being deducted for 200 every salary (1500-200=1300dirhams) for air fare ticket. According to our employer we are entitled only to a paid air fare after the second year of our contract. However the reason why she has to be deducted is because her return flight to Dubai was rescheduled. But it is not her fault why it was delayed and needed to be rescheduled. It was the employer’s fault since they did not send her the copy of the stamped contract in time for the clearance in the Philippines, because of the delay her flight had to be moved and incurred an additional fee. So my question is, does my friend really need to suffer this deduction for the rebooking fee amounting to 1800 dirhams (which is the amount of the ticket )For me its not fair.

    Respectfully,

    Mary Grace

  30. Hi, I have the same query. I renew my contract for the 2nd contract and I am now on my 7th month. I want to check if the company will still let me pay the renewal cost.

  31. Hi
    My visa was renewed on September and I resigned my job by November .I have worked for this company for the past 3 years but now they are requesting me to pay for the visa fees which they have renewed but as per the labor law and my contract there is nothing mentioned and it’s a unlimited contract too.Please advise what to do

  32. Hello Deepak
    I would like to know that I revived an offer from LLC company in uae for the post in their company. During interview they asked me to bring all your documents include visit visa copy passport copy educational documents etc and you will pay rare visa cost 4500 aed that will be refund to you after completion of two years contract. Will I pay that ?

  33. Dear Sir,

    i joined my company on 8th of march, but suddenly i resigned due to some family problems. I have passed 8 months in this company but company is saying you have to pay all visa expenses, even they stop my salary. in offer letter it is mentioned that before leaving company one year you have to pay visa expense.

    kindly guide me what should i do, its very hard to pay visa expenses for me

  34. Hi Deepak,

    First of all thanks for managing such an important forum.

    My query is, I joined a company in Industrial city last September and decided to quit after getting another good offer from within the city. In my previous company I was in probation(1 month) and haven’t done even the medical. So technically I believe Visa has not been stamped. In the offer letter it is stated that they may deduct the visa, recruitment charges. I am having an unlimited contract with them.

    So should I need to pay them whatever they ask ?

    • Rajesh,
      Is this a free zone?
      Collecting visa charges is not as per law. However, if it is mentioned in your contract, you must pay.

      • The area is Dubai Industrial City and I believe it is not a free zone, I am not sure. But the thing is that my medical is still not over and in that case I am pretty sure that my visa woudn’t have been stamped. So should I really pay for it?

          • Yesterday too I had a talk with my HR, they are still forcing me to pay for the visa charges showing me the offer letter in which I signed on.

            If I file a complaint, the legal proceedings will still take time and since I am on temporary employment visa, I can’t be here for more than 20 days now!

            If I go for case, will I win ?

            What should I do ?

  35. Good Day UAE LABOURS
    Thank you for this very informative blog.
    I just want to ask regarding for my ban.
    In 2004 I have appointment letter but they giving offer to work in UAE. But they are not provide me the work permit that time I don’t now much information on that time. So I do work on sales but someone caught me & deport to India might me the company give me absconding case or whatever. So I have offer on job so can I come back to UAE or provide me to NOC or any kind of letter for Immigration department for lift my ban. how i can lift my lifetime ban
    Please give me valuable reply.
    Thanks & Regards
    Pramod Dua
    [email protected]

  36. Dear Sir, I’m in a problem so needs your help. On 18/4/15 I, joined a llc company in Dubai but now after 5 months in probation period I resigned due to family problem at my home country. So, HR takes my sign and cancelled my visa 22/9/15 and not cleared my final settlement. Today 28/9/15 when I talked about to give my salary in HR for 21 days as my working days with them, they said no and deduct all my money at the name of visa cost expenses and said that employer has rights to cut from me all visa expenses under the article 16 by law, even they lied wd me dt my contract is limited bt after I checked from MOL it comes under my knowledge dt my contract is unlimited, even I not signed at any contract only at offer letter I signed, so plz let me know what I will do now or how I will complain or go through as per law.

  37. Hi SIr,

    i am now on my second contract, i joined here in my company Nov, 20, 2012 until now. My Contract is every 2 years, I wanted to resign in my job as an Assistant supervisor category supervisor in my company for a very personal family problem that i need to attend urgently just to save my family from breaking apart. Does i need to pay anything to my company? Visa cost or my remaining visa? I love working with my company but my family matters more to me than my job.

  38. Hi Sir,

    I am working in my current company here in UAE for 01 Yr. and 01 month. and I am planning to resign for some reason. I am UNLIMETED contract, now do I need to pay my current company for 45day of my salary? Thank you.

  39. hi deepak. can i still quit the job and not have a bban. since i do not have the working visa yet. what i onlu have with me is the pre approve work permit.

  40. Hi Sir Deepak,

    I recently joint a company (15 Jul 2015), still on probation period (3 months) , i need to leave the current employer, so i will get labor ban ? and i need to pay visa cost, if how much the cost for visa (visa is labour super visor)
    Thanks

  41. Hello Mr. Deepak,

    I am facing a very confusing situation. MOL and lawyers are contradicting each other and I am not able to find satisfactory info in the Labout Law book. I am seeking your kind advice, please:

    I am working for LLC in Abu Dhabi (unlimited contract). My probation period is 6 months as per the labor contract. It was stamped on 24.december.2104 but my first day at work was 6.january.2015. I sent a resignation letter on 2.june.2015 but HR gave me an option of unpaid leave (since I was still on probation period) for 1 month with possibility of its extension via email. There was no answer from their side on my extension of leave emails. 22.august.2105 i got email from hr inquiring my plans. 26.august.2015 i answered with a final resignation letter asking for guidance on my further actions, financial liabilities etc. No answer to emails, my sms or phone calls. I appeared in their office and they stated verbally that the resignation process will commence shortly. Week later I visited them again for a follow up and they stated that I must pay AED 6,000 which is my monthly salary as I did not give them a 1 month notice period and they threatened me with a ban. There was neither rejection nor acceptance in written form of the resignation and I have not refused on serving 1 month.

    1. As per the law am I still on probationt? (If not, I have not received any written confirmation of such)
    2.Do I need to give a notice period while I am on probation? (please state the article for my future reference)
    3. If my probation as per the law is over, I am entitled of 1 month paid leave?
    4. What would you advise to do if I want to avoid paying AED 6,000?

    I hope I was clear enough with my complicated case.

    Thank you so much for your time and help.

    • Julia,
      1. Probation can be maximum for 6 months. You must however, receive a written confirmation on the same.
      2. That will depend on your contract.
      3. That again is a company policy. Certain companies do allow leave after probation, while others require minimum 1 year service.
      4. What is mentioned as a notice period in your contract? If you have not served notice period as per contract, you may have to pay it.

      • I am indescribably grateful for your prompt reply. We had a conference call today between legal consultant from authorities, company representative and myself. As per the LC’s words I must pay 1 ьщтер ыфдфкн or I will get 1 year ban for resigning during probation. However, in the contract with the company there is a clause that allows me to leave during probation with an immediate effect.
        1.What could me my actions in case I prove that i did give a notice period and company refuses to accept my desire to serve this month?
        2.I would like to clarify which contract you are referring to in your second answer? Contract with company or labor contract?

        Thank you

        Kind regards

        • Julia,
          1. You must present evidence of notice period through a resignation letter copy / email.
          2. Labour contract.

  42. Hi sir still Marcel, the company is keeping also the copy of the contract with them so we dont have anything proofing we are laborers in UAE, The company also cut considerable fees for emirate ID and other documents.

  43. Hello Deepak,

    Are visa costs refundable by employer if employee resigns before visa is stamped in the passport? The labor contract has not been signed, just an offer letter (which does not contain such clause). Please advise. Thank you so much.

  44. Hi, im currently resigning from a company within probation period.
    I have unlimited contract, gave full one month notice to company, but still im being asked to reimburse cost of administration fee (basically i am told they will deduct one month salary!!) from company as on my contract it is written i need to repay any cost of on-boring fee, training if i terminated contract within 18months.
    But reading your article, it seems illegal to demand one month salary?
    I have mentioned to HR, even though there is agreement on our contract, reimbursement due to my resignation within 18 months is not meeting UAE’s labour law, therefore I would not pay anything.
    But they keep asking me to pay for it, is it really legal the company in difc freezone ask reimbursement to their employee?

  45. Hello sir,
    I finished my 2 unlimited contract and just renewed another contract last april 2015 but its limited and i decided to resign..do i need to pay for my renewal and air ticket?can my employer give me 1 year ban?

    • Grace,
      You do not have to pay anything to the company as visa expenses.
      But for breaking limited contract, you may have to pay 45 day salary.
      But company could waive that. Yes, 1 year ban may be applicable.
      Please seek assitance from MOL.

  46. Hi Deepak

    I have read that an employer can not charge for visa costs training etc as by law it is unreasonable to ask this and can not be legally enforced.

    However I am also reading if it is in a contract it can be enforced. I have in my contract if I leave within 12 months I have to pay Visa training costs etc (Never had training) up to 15,000 aed.

    Can you give some clarity on this issue. Some sites say the employer can not enforce this and some do. Any advise from yourself. What could they do if i refused to pay this 15,000 aed.

    Regards

  47. Hi,

    If the employee is under probation and signed an internal agreement between his company that he will never cancel to join,but after 1 month he decided to leave because he found out he is not comfortable with the working environment, is he liable to pay / reemburse all labor and immigration cost to his employer as it was stated on he agreement? He didnt signed the labor contract and he dont have the residence visa. Is this Agreement applies on his decision to leave?

    Thanks!!

    • hi deepak,
      im already resign in my company until sept 20 is my last duty. they ask me to pay the visa cost and i know i have to pay because it was written in my contract. but do i have to pay also the health card and emirates id card? thanks

  48. hi deepak,

    i am in limited contract. i resign my job because of some medical problem and want to go home back. if company cancel my visa so can they ask about pay for it. please advise.

  49. Hi,

    I am working as a Marketing Manager in a retails outlet.

    As per my employment contract I need to pay AED 6000 and also have to give only one month’s notice.

    I am ready to do so. But still out of curiosity I want to know if the Employer can still play some dirty game on this?

    • Sorry missed out one detail:

      Its been 8 months since I am working for them. Finally I got a job in Jabel Ali, so want to move on.

      Awaiting your revert.

      Thank you.

    • Blaize,
      I don’t know your employer and I can not generalise these things!!!!
      You should pay little attention prior to posting such queries as to how other will read and respond to it!!

  50. Hi Sir Deepak,

    Good Day!

    I am an Accountant in a LLC company but my visa is under “Follow up Clerk”. My contract is unlimited and it’s already finished last June 2015. Upon renewal, our employer let us signed an Offer Letter again which shows that we are going to pay AED 20,000 if we will not finish the another 2 years of contract. Plus, they let us make a hand written letter that we agreed in that matter. They said that it’s a damage fee. Just want to know if this is valid? Is it enforceable against me? We are here in UAE for a greener pasture and I’m thinking what if I have a better offer in future, do I need to pay that AED 20,000? Need your advise. Thank you so much!

    • Angelie,
      That is a clear violation. Such letters are not valid.
      MOL only considers labour contract.

  51. Deepak,

    I had resigned from my previous company (non free zone company) before completing the unlimited contract. Now I am in a freezone company in probation period. Can I resign from my current company and join my previous company (nonfreezone ) as they are asking me to join back. I am getting paid 11,000 currently and they are ready to pay me 20,000. My designation is Software Engineer. I would also like to know if I get a Labour ban or not.

  52. hello sir , i want to ask should i pay visa cost,over staying,medical,changing visa ,labour fee,id`s ,uniform etc.when i resign?coz im not happy to the company they not paying overtime,not paying holidays,no service charge….should i pay 5,310 the compny?working months 11…

  53. Hi! i just want to seek some information and answer regarding this matter. If a nurse employee is under a two years limited contract and she was offered another job from a free zone company, will she be able to resign and leave the company? If so, what are the consequences or grounds she will face? Should she pay all the expenses made by the company for her visa and some other? Thanks.

  54. hello

    i pass my resignation to my boss and they told me i need to pay all the expenses because it is written in my contract about 7500 now my full month salary have been deducted to 7500 and i need to work again for another month so i can pay them full….is that right if it is written in the contract i cannot argue with them or have labor law or rights? its too much 7500 with average salary only of 4000

  55. Hi Deepak,

    My husband works for a company in Dubai for 5 years now, his visa renewal is currently under process. In case he will resign and got hired by another employer within one month after his visa was issued, will there be any legal issues to his current employer? Is he obliged to pay the visa fees since it was newly issued? Thanks.

  56. hi there, I wanted to go home (for good)before this year ends. the company is of no good at paying salary at the accurate time of our said payroll and i am not happy either in my work environment. If I will go home this coming December 2015, my employment range would only be only for 9months. I’m afraid that my employer would ask for my visa costs since i didn’t even finish my 1yr working for them.

    • Mary,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. I was out of station for couple weeks.
      No, visa costs can not be from employee. it is employer’s responsibility!

  57. hi deepak
    i’m working in llc company.. i have been here for past one year, now for past three months i didn’t get my salary, when asked for, my employer says that it has been deducted for my visa charges.. our company doesn’t holds any proper documents for salary,attendance and others.. i don’t have any document that they are deducting my salary for visa. the only thing is they have not paid me for three months.. they have already taken 2000 from me for the same… what will be the case if i complain in mol website… what i have to produce before them,, please do say what i have to do in such case..

    • Sudhir,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. I was out of station for couple weeks.
      Employers can not deduct salary for visa charges. They are employer’s responsibility.
      You first talk to MOL through their call centrea and they will guide you.

  58. Hello Mr. Deepak,

    My previous employer has deducted VISA money (8,000 AED) from my salary. Its been over 2 months now but it just got to my understanding that the employer has to bear all the VISA charges of the employees. The visa I’ve got is under Fujairah Free Zone, UAE.

    Since, I’m barely new to UAE and have very limited knowledge about the labor laws; It will be of GREAT help if you can advice if deducting visa fee money from employee is legal ? if No, could you please advice what steps i need to take to get my money back ?

    Many Thanks for all your efforts and response in advance.

    Sincere Regards.

    • Ahmed,
      Employers can not charge visa fees to employees.
      It is the responsibility of the employer.

  59. Dear Deepak

    I recently joined a new company in Abu Dhabi 2 months ago with an Unlimited contract and I want to resign during before end of my 6 months probation period (which I only need a 3 days notice to give).

    1) Do I get a labour ban for 6 months? Can this ban be lifted if I get another job with a better pay? My current pay is 13K
    2) Do I have to pay 45 days to the MOL or work for 45 days before I leave?
    3) This is the second job I leave before completion of 1 year… Will this affect future employment? My first job was in Dubai, unlimited contract and I didn’t pay 45 days.

    Thanks a lot in advance

  60. Hi Sir,

    I just finished six months in the company now im turning seven months, then i want to resign and will transfer ti another company. im aware of the said ban. my question is, how can i remove the ban? im under limited contract. looking forward for your response. thanks for the help.

    Renee

  61. Hi Sir,

    I’m now planning to resign from my company because I have problem with my health, but I have a different case, first contract I have shown that it is unlimited then our manager transfer me to other company and make another contract which show as limited. My first company gave us NOC so we can work in my new company now. Question is if I resign which is should be follow the unlimited contract which is my primary sponsor or the new one which shows limited contract? and do I have to pay any visa fee for new contract I have? Am I entitled to any separation fee or gratuity or no? I hope you could help me on this thanks

  62. Thanks for the prompt reply Deepak. Last question is that when I signed my contract, there was a term that if I leave before 2 yeats they can recover all cost associated to training and related stuff. Is it enforceable under UAE labour law?

  63. Hello Deepak,

    Ive been with my company for just over 7 months when I decided to take a vacation. Vacation was approved by my line manager. Upon my return I decided to quit. HR just called me saying that theyve calculated the final settlement and that I owe them some money. Upon inquiring they said I wasnt entitled for any vacation and was suppose to take it after completing a year. I wasnt aware of it. My manager approved it and specifically said that aftrr 6 months I am only entitled for 2 weeks maximum. Also my company is charging me around AED 3300 in terms of training charges. I remember signing something initially stating that if I quit Ill be liable to pay. My question is eventhough I signed but it is against the law. Then doesnt labor law superceed my erroneous contract? Kindly advise.

    • Sal,
      Usually companies do not allow vacations prior to completing one year.
      Whatever you have taken as leave could be leave without pay and if they have paid you during leave, they could recover it.

  64. Hello Deepak,
    I checked with the HR and found that the management has taken my signature on a bond (not on a letter head, in plain paper) written that if i resign before 2 years, the management can claim the cost they have made during my training or related expenditure unconditionally. But I have never gone under training. In this case what may be the scenario?

    • Soman,
      If you have never done any training, you should not be bound by any such rules.
      However, such rules are governed by the companies’s internal policies.

  65. Dear Sir,

    I am working as a company unlimited contract, almost 2 months, company going to terminate me, they said they will deduct visa cost from my salary, my question is should I pay visa cost? and will I get 6 months ban?

    • Irshan,
      You are not supposed to pay any visa costs if it is not mentioned in your labour contract.
      Furthermore it is termination. You will automatically get labour ban.
      But take NOC from the company and termination letter. MOL could waive your ban if they know it was termination.

  66. Mr. Deepak

    Please help me what to do!

    I started in the llc in llimited contract febw then my labour is march
    I resigned a week nefore I gave my notice that I ahould be stop that day, but they want me to pay visa, my salary they didint give it to me.

    I rresigned because of my condition, thay I can no longer continue May job this last of day of july,

    But my resignation I wroted that I am on not good condition, so if ever I come to a labour, my medical record is in my country, and I dont have money to havr medicals here because it is too expensive, and I dont ha’ve money, I am waiting for my salary so I can buy ticket and going back home,

    Whatq should I do?

  67. Hi mr deepak

    I just want to ask if u hav an idea regarding psbd.. because my company they gave me a penalty due that im will not be able to continue for my contract for 2 yrs in service on security.. im serving only for 1yrs in service.. but according to my company i have a penalty… do u have an idea regarding this matter?

    Tnx for ur feedback!

  68. Hi!
    what should I do, my first priority is my healtg, I am resigning my job, I am on 4-5month in servicr in a llc company, in limited contract, I decided to ho back to my country as soon as possible,the sitwasyon is, I submitted my resignation that I would be stay in the company this last day of july, so the owner said, I should pay the visa then I can go,
    and if I would not pay, they would not gave my salary of last service in that month also my commision and etc, I am in sales.
    what should I do?

    • Anne,
      You are not required to pay any visa fees.
      However, for breaking limited contract you should pay 45 day compensation to company.

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  69. Hi Deepak.
    i came in visit visa in one month in 2013, then my visa is over. then i did wrong bussness in uae. then police aurested me. after 6 montth police directly send me to india. i have a dought i have ban or not
    ple reply me soon
    thanku

  70. Dear Mr. Deepak
    Just I would like to clarify that
    Since June 2014 I am working with my company in unlimited contract. I have resigned on 19th July 2015 from the company showing my family problems. I have mentioned to release me within 30 days from the date of my resignation.
    Is the company compelled to accept my resignation and do the process within 30 days? Am I entitled to get the one year gratuity as per the labour laws?
    If my company do not act positive, can I remind about my resignation again after 15 days?
    Do I have to pay any charges related to cancellation and deportation and the Visa charges?

      • Hi Deepak,
        Thank you very much for your prompt response.
        Just one question to clarify, Do I have to send the reminder to the management if I do not get any response on my resignation,

        Regards,
        Soman

          • Hello Deepak,
            I checked with the HR and found that the management has taken my signature on a bond (not on a letter head, in plain paper) written that if i resign before 2 years, the management can claim the cost they have made during my training or related expenditure unconditionally. But I have never gone under training. In this case what may be the scenario?

            • Soman,
              You should ask your HR with regard to your scenario as I have no complete picture about your situation or contract.

  71. Hello again!
    I am in llc.
    I was saying to u before that I would resign in my company, but I have submitted my resignation letter, thatI am now leaving this last month,( ha’ve 10 days to work more in the company and to process my cancellation, so that sooner I can get back home, but my question is, is there possibility that they would not allow me to leave this coming last month? If they want me to finished this sept.
    I am leaving because of my health!

  72. Hi mr. Deepak

    Good day…
    Tnx for ur reply yesterday…
    anyway, i have a another question…my question is if i im going to resigned for 3yrs in service at limited contract, the company should be paid my gratuity?

    Pls reply….
    Tnx

  73. Deepak,
    can you give me an advice?I was hired as a cashier in IMPZ under freezone visa.My boss told me before the restaurant will about to open on March 15,but until now it is still closed.We have a working visa already,and we know that it is not our fault that until now we are not operating.My boss tell me we can get our salary every 10 of the month,but it always delayed.Sometimes we get salary only half of it.And last he told us he will deduct the transporatation allowance since the restaurant did not operate yet.My concern is did my employer violating any rules for delaying salary and deducting allowances?If ever where we can send the complaint?

  74. Hello sir.
    I need clarification!
    sorry for theinconvenience, coz I am just newly here and I need deeply clarification.
    1. I am in L.L. C company, mean it is private company?
    2. I am still underprobation period, and I will resign, and u said I DON’T need to pay any cost!?
    3. What if my company demands me topay what shoul I do? BecozI just heard in my collegues in shop shop.
    4. Resigning under probation or after probation, is still the same nothing is difference, never paying any cost!
    5. I am on 6 months ban?
    6. I have some rumors heard that they will not easyly give mypassport itwould take more months toprocess, how many days usually process for cancellation?
    7.in my ticket going home, is cover by me or company?
    8. If I resign should I send my resignation 1 month notice?

    Thank you!

    • Anna,
      1. Yes.
      2. No, you do not need to pay any visa cost. It also depends on your labour contract.
      3. Up to you.
      4. Yes.
      5. Yes.
      6. Nothing like that. Although, you could believe in ‘rumours’
      7. If you resign, you should shoulder the costs.
      8. As per your contract
      (This blog is for information purpose only and you should not quote what is typed here. Please check with relevant authorities)

  75. Hello sir!
    you said I dont haveto pay anycost if I resign,
    what if my company demands to me to pay? Should I pay?
    -and is there any penalties of payment just to cancel me and get home, I mean any payment like. Papers for processing?
    -and just want to clear because I want to resign which is better resigning under probation period or much better after probation period?
    ( still the same, that. I dont have to pay any cost from my company?)

    • Anna,
      You could file complaint with the MOL in case company is insisting.
      No, you don’t have to pay anything!

  76. Hi mr. Deepak

    good day!

    I am a security guard and i’ve been working since feb.2011 up to present and now im rendering for 3 yrs in service in my company but after 2years in service i’ll renewed my visa and i’m taking up 2months annual vacation last may 2014, then im rendering working for 3 years from now,
    My question is, if i wanted to resigned there is a penalty for my visa, coz my visa will expired on march 2016 ?
    Pls reply….

    Thanking you..

    • Olrac,
      I don’t think there will be problems for you to resign.
      There are no penalty for visa.
      Your length of service is higher.

  77. Good day..

    i would like to ask regarding the policy for emirates visa and for the cancellation…

    my question is!… theres is a penalty if im going to resign in 3 years of service for limited contract.. my visa expiration will be on march 2016…?

    i hope u can help me and giving some advice regarding this matter!

    Thank u.

  78. Please help!
    I am newly herein dubai, I work as Sales, in a privated company, I started last Feb and my labour start on March, may salary is 2200, I am still now in 6 month probation, I have plan to leave my job, either after or before probation? What should be Better?
    and alsois there anycost should I pay?
    I will leave my. Job and go back to my country.

  79. Hi Deepak,

    I got new offer in a pvt company with a salary of 20K.
    I have completed 1 year 6 months. Limited contract with an engineer visa (8000, salary). I got a PhD degree.
    My PRO is saying that I need to pay 3 months salary (24,000)!
    I need to pay that money? If not please kindly refer me the law, so that I can put forward to them

    Pls reply me soon..! IAM WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY EAGERLY..!

    Thanks,
    Dr.Sagar

  80. Dear Deepak
    Please help me with my case. I have signed the contract 2month before. I’m not happy at all. I find other job. My contract is tecom free zone. It says that I have to pay them if I didn’t complete 2 years. I need to know how much shel I pay, if my salary is 1800 Dhs? And will I have any problem with my visa? Thank you.

  81. Hi there,

    I receive a job offer from one of the companies in Dubai in an airport free zone.
    Should I shoulder the cost of visa as stated in the contract?

    Thanks!

  82. Hi,

    Please help to clarify what is the right compensation for an employee who was terminated under unlimited contract with immediate effect. employee was working for 1.5 year only.
    Is the employee entitled for 1 month salary + ticket to home country? what should be the compensation?

    thanks in advance.

      • Hello Mr. Deepak M,
        I am facing a problem regarding my offer letter that I have signed in the 1st Hospital, now I have another offer letter coming from Hospital 2 which I think is much better. In the Labour Hotline they said that I can tell the Hospital 1 that I will not continue my prcoess with them and I will not have a labour ban. is that correct or I will have problems if I cancel the offer letter that I have signed? I haven’t signed any contract yet and my passport is with me and still no stamp of employment. Thank you very much.

  83. I just signed my 3rd contract on Feb 2015 under limited but planning to resign on July for good, my question were:
    1. do i entitled to get free ticket back home and full annual leave pay considering that i havent used my annual vacation leave for my 2nd contract
    2. do i entitle to get gratuity for rendering 4yrs service in the company
    3. do the company can empose penalty to me like paying the visa and labor charges
    4. do i still entitle for the 6 months provision even if my contract was renewed

      • Follow up question do i have to pay the 45 days salary back to the company since I have not completed the contact even though i have finished the 2 contracts

        • Ayay,
          Company should exempt you from this as you have a long service.
          But again depends on the company decision.

  84. Dear Deepak, One of my friends joined a company as secretary on a 2 year contract almost one and half year year ago. He has done a serious financial crime though without knowing its seriousness. Now he is under suspension for 10 days for further investigation. I would like to know what could be the legal actions taken against him. How can we avoid it. Thanks in advance for the reply.

  85. Hi sir I want to ask because I want to resign to my company I already finish my 2 years contract for my first company and now I’m working 1 year & 1 mnth the new compny if I resign @ I have NOC the labor still give me a ban

  86. Im having a hard time finding a good job in Dubai since Im a nurse in the Philippines and I dont have DHA license to practice here.

    Currently, I am with a company but Im still looking for another job that might give me a better offer.

    Im almost 3 weeks in this job.
    If ever I resign from this job and look for a better job offer. What will be the possibilities that I need to face? Any payment or Ban?

    • Jona,
      You may face labour ban.
      But if you join government, semi government or free zone companies, the ban is not applicable.

  87. hi am working in a LLC for the past 1 moth 12days due to some medical reason i need to resign from the company and go back to India.in my offer letter and labour card nothing is specify that i need to pay my visa cost but at the time of joining i signed a separate paper which contains if am resigning before 1 year i need to pay the visa cost to the company..so how much i need to pay??how many days notice period??
    i informed the company about my medical problem already.i am planning to go back to India this month..

  88. Hi Deepak, its really good of you that you are helping people.

    I joined a LLc company in Dubai on 4th November 2014 and would be giving my resignation this month. I only signed on the offer letter(on the offer letter it was written valid for 10day) where it was written that if i resign before 2yr then i have to pay the visa expense. other than that i have not signed anywhere.
    1) Should i need to pay the visa expense now ?
    2) Should i need to give any notice period ?

    • Adding few more points. I have a unlimited contract and i haven’t signed on any contract neither i have received my labor card. If they force me to pay should i go to Police or MOL ?

  89. my cousin was still under provision period and she resigned to the company.
    The c0mpany already process her cancellation to MOL and it is sucessfully cancelled but her residence visa not yet, now i just want to ask if is it true that to be able to cancel the residence visa by the dept of immigration, the company should show a valid exit tticket in the immigration to complete the cancellation?

      • Hi Deepak I was working in a company in Hamriyah Freezone Sharjah from sep 2013 to no 2014. I had an emergency at home and came to india however i informed them about my emergency and resigned but could not return. Now I completed 6 months outside country but my company is not cancelling my visa and I am not able to come on a new visa. How can I cancel my visa? Can I come to UAE on any other type of visa? My visa is expiring on Nov 2015 so will it automatically be cancelled or still it needs to be cancelled by employer? Please advise me the possible solutions.

  90. hello sir
    Now i am working in one company just 5th month, i am not like to working here ,my probation period is 6 month
    i like to resign this company
    if any problems?
    I need to pay if any visa charges.

  91. Hi good day! I just want to asked about my case there in Abu dhabi. i’ve been hospitalized for 3 months in my childhood in case of tubercolus after finishing my medication there was a scar on my bodydue to tubercolus. but unfortunately when i applied for visa and forwareded for medical they give me unfit because of the scar, so i tried to give the medical reports that mentioned that the tuberculosis is inactive and the only scar is remaining but it will not harm to others i bring to proof what hospital , and they give me deportation with life time ban ! I just want to know how i can lift my lifetime ban.. your valuable reply will be highly appreciated….

  92. Hi Mr. Deepak,
    =greetings=
    I am under unlimited contract, I worked as a barber in a salon in Ras Al Khaima, and agreed to have 2,000dirhams salary and the accommodation is in the comoany expense, so as transportation if there is maybe. The salon dont earn, they dont have customer, the employer is telling me he will only give me 2,000 all in I have to pay my accomodation even it was stated in my contract that accomodation is company expense. Since that incident happens I told him better to cancel me and let me find another job or let me go back home. I have talked to my employer if he is willing to give NOC and he said okay if I pay 6,000dirhams for all the expense that he had rendered in getting me from malaysia going here and other documentation. My question is:
    1.is it allowed to transfer visa with NOC even if I am just more than 3 months? Will be 4 months on 20th May.
    2. If they would still not paying my house to where I got to complain?
    3. If I will be cancelled can I still apply in a free zone?
    4. Is there such thing of transfer visa even below 6 months or did not finished contract? My friend told me its not allowed are they just fooling me? They said I am not allowed to transfer any employer coz I need to go back home its not allowed to transfer is it true?

    thanks and more power

  93. hi. i recently joined a company.during interview and on induction and as stated on the joining letter i signed, working hours is 8am-6pm, sun-thu.
    but now my boss is making me stay very late (earliest is 8pm) and work on saturday, except when my boss does not come to office which happens once a month minimum.
    do i have the right to terminate my employment without ban?
    thank you.

  94. hello sir,
    Currently im under a local visa/semi government company i only work for almost 1 month now and i want to resign because i dont like the location of the work and i didnt sign a contract, my question is that can the company ban me on labour or ban me in immigration? Thank you very much

  95. Hi Deepak,

    I have a query. Recently i came to Dubai as a Teacher for one institute.
    They have asked me 7500 aed for my visa. I paid that amount through net banking where I didnt know the law. And even which was not mentioned in the offer letter there i need to pay visa cost. They offered me 3000 aed. It is been a month am here. They didnt give me salay. not yet received my labour card and medical hasn’t done.
    I am worrying if i resign the job now, will they able to ban?
    The money which i paid for visa, will i get it back

    please advice

    • Koyal,
      You are not supposed to pay any money for visa to employer. It is employer’s responsibility to take care of visa.
      I am not sure whether you will get the money back.

  96. Hello Deepak
    i am doing job as salesman in a company since last 3 months now i want to switch my job someone told me that if i pay 5000 AED to immigration then i will have no ban of 6 months please guide me regarding this matter as i really want to switch the job without getting any ban
    [email protected]

  97. hi sir,

    im new here in AUB working as QC. i only work 8 days and i have a probation of 6 months, but i dont really like the envirorment, i cant see myself happy on this company. my questions are:

    1. if i resign will i able to pay all the company expenses and have a ban from working here in AUB how many months?

    thanks and i hope u can help me.

  98. Hello Sir,

    Hi im macmac and i am new here in UAE Duabi i have a problem in my company can you advise me what to do i want to canceled my employment visa with them..
    My situation is i sign the Offer of letter last feb 1, 2015 and i exit to oman waiting my employment i expend one month there and they said we are going back as a tourist visa as they said, last March 12, 2015 i came back to Dubai and i started to work with as a training. and we will wait here the employment visa. after that we only exit A to A.i finish one month for them and i payed only 470 derham and i have my employment visa in that day the expiration of my tourist visa.

    And we are responsible to pay our plane expenses and now i get my employment visa and they said we are still a training.

    MY PROBLEM IS
    When i started to work with them as a training only they pay me 1/4 of my salary. and my second month with them we are still do training,,.
    my total salary is 1950. they will pay me half of that..
    what can i do if i cancelled my visa with them and i look for another job..

    MY visa type
    *Bottle wash

  99. Dear Deepak,

    I have completed 4 years in a same comany here in abu dhabi and renewed before 2 months. now i want to go for cancellation and stay back in India. I droped my resignation letter 2 days ago and My HR replied me that I have to pay visa renewal charges, emirates id, medical charges and insurance charges all including 3100 AED.

    Deepak please advise is this fair on me? and please advise what are steps i should follow.

    • Rafeeq,
      You do not have to pay any charges unless they are mentioned in your labour contract.

  100. Dear Sir,

    I started working here last year, September 2014. However, my employer didn’t comply with our verbally greed salary when I cam here and I ended up signing a salary lower than what I expected. So now I’m thinking of just finishing 1 year of the 2 year contract and I will quit on September 2015.

    My question is, if I want to hand over my resignation a month earlier (August — so I can still render 1 month work and all), with an effective date exactly 1 year from my start date (September), will that affect the annual leave pay I should be given? Will they give it to me knowing that I wanted to quit? If so, should I just wait for September and receive the leave pay and then resign? I hope you could enlighten me as I’m not that familiar with UAE work/labor concerns. Thanks!

  101. Hi Deepak, I find your suggestions to people in difficult times really good.

    Just want to get your suggestion. came here in Dec 2014 3 months now not happy with the job, getting calls from other companies for interview, should i make a move and quit, will i be banned if i come back and resign.

    Is NOC from my current organisation required to join the next company, what if they deny. My offer clearly states i have to pay back my Visa and other expenses taken care by the company on the offer letter i signed. So if they ask me that to give me NOC, i think ill have no option. What you suggest i should do to take decisions further. Really appreciated Thanks again.

  102. my question is I completed 2yrs of my contract and now moving to a new company which is offering unlimited contract period the contract is for 2yrs..but the thing is that this new company ask me to pay for my own visa processing which will be deducted in my monthly salary they said the only way I don’t have to pay for my residence visa process is if I exit the country.
    please advice

    • Karen,
      Deducting visa expenses is not as per law. Company should bear all expenses of visa and medical expense.

      • Good day

        my name its Valentina i work in one company for 1 month my visa is employment visa but only for 60 days in 20 of may it will be expired and i want to go in other place i dont have the resident visa stampted on my pasport but i make the medical and they tell me that i must pay like 4000 for the visa and medical but i dont think that visa what they make its like 3000 and something why? please answer

        • Valentina,
          As you have done medical, it means that your labour approval is approved. You may face labour ban.
          As regard to the cost, you should only pay if it is mentioned in your contract.

      • My name is Valentina ,

        I started working with company ——————- Restaurants L.L.C here in Dubai since 22 March 2015 my Employment visa is valid until 20 May 2015.

        However in 3 April 2015 I passed my resignation to my manager because of a conflict and they were very rude to me and disrespectful to me and I prefered to not work for them anymore.

        They hired me when I was is here in UAE so they only had to pay for my Employment Visa and then for medical and all rest of procedures.

        In 1 April i made the medical exam and in 3 April I resigned however the passport was still with since then and they are saying that already my Residence visa is issued.

        How can that be possible if they did not had my passport and after 1 day from medical the residence visa to be already issued?

        Now to cancel this Employment visa the company is asking me to pay 4000 Aed.

        I asked on http://dnrd.ae/chat how much is this Employment Visa if they issued when I was here in UAE and i received the answer that the cost is 1100 AED.Is it Correct?

        And they are olso threatening that if I don’t pay fast this 4000 Aed they will file a lawsuit agains me.

        Can You please advise me what can I do , please find the attached Copy of my Passport and Employment Visa.

        Looking forward for a soon answer

        Best Regards

  103. hi sir

    Sir i am a company visa but i am working as housemaid.i agreed to work here because tha salary is 1,5 aed.,but i receive only 900 per month.,i am working now for 4 months and i just get my residence visa last jan.,.sir i didnt even see or sign a contract.,and i want my visa to be cancelled.,But ibstead of cancelling my visa they tramsfer me to other house,

    my question is
    1. Do i need to pay 6k to them (as they say)
    2. Can i apply to freezone or government company

    Pls help me sir
    Thank you

  104. sir

    i have completed my probation period n i have given resignation bt hr manager said that u have signed contract where we already mention that u have to pay visa fee so my question is it right to ask for visa fee ?

    sir plz help me i dnt care about ban bacause i dnt like working here bt i can not bare visa fee

    thanks

  105. Hello dear Sir,
    I have worked for 2 years, 6 months in my old company, and signed a contract with a new Transport and Logistic company as a diesel mechanic. But the first day I resumed my duty in the company, I was asked to work as a Vehicle Inspector instead of mechanic. Moreover, the condition for the inspection point is hazard. Am in 5th months of Probation and I want resign. 1-will I face 6 months ban?
    2-Do I have to pay the visa fee to my employer?

  106. Hi Mr.Deepak,

    Can you please advice me for this issue

    I am working in one of the organization under DMCC and under my husband sponsor ship. I have not yet received salary from Jan’15 onwards. My labour card is expiring on 09-05-2015. Due to some other health related issues I resigned from the company. As per my offer letter I have 3 months notice period. According to that my last working day 14th-May-15. So am I eligible to get all my dues even if my labour card expires on 9/5/2015 ?

    Kindly advice me if this company is not paying the salary, how can I proceed further.

    I worked in the same company more than 5 years before moving to DMCC. Once company moved to DMCC, I signed all the documents without receiving Gratuity to cancel my labour card. Deepak sir, is it possible to get my last 6 years gratuity from the company ?

    Looking forward for your valuable reply.

    Thank You
    Vijayasree

  107. Hi Deepak,
    I currently work in a free zone company and my visa is sponsored by sharjah chamber of commerce. The company is not that great and the salary is always delayed, plus working conditions are not good too. I joined in nov 2014 (completing 6 months in April), the contract i signed for this company is fr 24 months. If it is mentioned in the contract that i need to give a 3 months notice period. If i decide to resign after completion of 6 months, do i need to pay the visa charges, is this applicable?

  108. Hi
    I have joined a company in DMCC with a limited period contract. I am on a probation of 6 months. My contract clearly states that

    This Contract may be terminated during or at the end of the Probation, by either

    Party, without notice and without reason (“Termination During Probation such event the Employee shall not be entitled to receive end of service benefits.

    It is now just about a couple of months since my joining. I feel that this is not the right organization for me and want to quit. Following are my queries

    1. Do I need to give a notice of any kind, if there is an internal contract of 2 months notice.
    2. Can the Company impose a ban of employment
    3. Can the Company impose an immigration ban
    4. Would I have to pay the Company any damages or compensations

    Thanks for your guidance in advance
    Regards
    RD

    • RD,
      1. Under probation, there is no notice period.
      2. No.
      3. No, proper reason is required
      4. No.

  109. Hi Deepak. I already served 2 years for my unlimited contract and I’m planning to resign to look for another job. Here is my concerns:
    1. I have signed and internal contract upon hiring (in addition to the labor contract i have) in which stated there that my contract period would be 5 years. is that valid or it will superseded by my MOL contract (which is unlimited)?
    2. On the same internal contract, I should pay the expenses (e.g.visas, tickets) upon resignation. is that valid too?
    3. Another from the internal contract, I am not allowed to transfer to another company which has the same business with my current company. is that enforceable?
    4. If the internal contract (and all the conditions stated therein) is NOT valid, can a transfer to another company (including on the companies with the same business as my current) without imposing a 6 months or 1 year ban and without grounds to the internal contract that I have signed?

    Awaiting for your feedback at the soonest.
    Thank you.

    Glen

    • Glen,
      1. Internal contracts are not valid in the eyes of the law. That way company could write that you would have life time contract! Would the company provide you the guarantee of the job? As per MOL, 2 year contracts are only valid which are generated by MOL.
      2. No need to pay any expenses to the company. Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/uae-labour-law-2/reader-mailbag-pay-visa-costs-resign
      3. This is not enforceable!
      4. If you complete your labour contract, you will have no labour ban.

      • I have a question for you too. I have my own company and I have one employee who was all of sudden after being employed for more than 1 month expressed his dissatisfaction from the salary of AED1,800 all in as a cleaner. I asked him if he’s not happy, what does he wants to do. He said he’s voluntarily quitting his job. When asked to send me his resignation letter, he just bail and not report to work for 2 days now. What a waste of money for all the visa cost. But anyway, what is the best thing for me to do?

        • Mthrscruz,
          Yes, some employees could be unpredictable and unruly!
          Better to talk to the person and get his/her feedback.
          If the said employees does not report to work without informing, you may report it to the MOL/Immigration as absconding.
          It is better to cancel the visa at the earliest, lest the Labour may catch hold of the person working in another company/freelancing while on your company sponsorship.

      • Dear Deepak,
        Thank you for your feedback. In addition, i mentioned that my labor contract (2 yrs) has been expired this month and it will be renewed anytime soon. Does it mean that once it is renewed I will wait again for another 2 years for me to resign with no ban?
        Appreciate your feedback.
        Thank you.
        Daniel

  110. Dear Deepak,

    Actually I have been working under a 2 year limited contract since April 20 , 2014 & have a 4 month notice period ( as per the offer letter).

    I want to leave this job & want to relocate to my home country for family reasons and certainly wont return back in near future.

    My queries :

    1) What kind of end benefits I am eligible for?

    2) Any amount which I need to pay to my employer as I break the contract?

    3) What if I am not able to serve the notice period?

    4) Am I eligible for return ticket?

    Request you to please throw some light on this.

    Thanks & regards,

    Prateek

  111. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    I am currently working with a real estate company in business bay on an unlimited contract for more than 3months now. But for some reasons, I am constrain to resign.

    My questons are: (1) Is the one month notice mandatory if I resign within the 6mos. probationary period (2) Other the 6months labour ban, what are the other consequences that may arise (payment of visa cost) from this resignation.

    Thanks and regards,
    Mona

  112. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    I’m an General Electrical Engineer working in a LLC company in Dubai. now i’m in 5th month and in probation period too. my employer took a sign from me in a document recently stating in it that, if i get terminated, i should pay the visa cost and other expenses. he also told me that ill be terminated. and i’m just afraid that do i need to pay any amount to the company. and during the probation period if i get terminated will the employer pay me 3 months salary?
    I checked my labor contract from the MOL site and it states only about the termination air line ticket fee should be paid by the employee.
    Pl assist…

  113. Hi Deepak, Good Day.
    I am working in UAE for past 9 years, this is my 3rd job. I have MBA degree.
    My question is : My new company is Oil company but my visa is not on that company name(sister company which is not oil company). I have Sharjah Visa.
    I have a good offer in my field which is 12K plus Dubai based company. will I get ban or face any problems for new visa if I leave my current employer( just finished 6 months ). I have a contract for 1 year which is unlimited. but I have also a contract signed which says I cant work with competitors which I am not its totally different sector were I am planning to move.
    please advice.

    Thanks & Regards.

  114. Hi Deepak,

    I have an important query, I am a teacher from the UK. I am working for a private school atm in Abu Dhabi, but I wish to move to another school in Dubai. I am still in my 3 month probational period. In my contract, it states

    ”The Second Party has the right to resign during the probation period provided that the resignation is submitted in writing and is unconditional. The service of the Second Party shall be terminated upon acceptance of the resignation by the First Party, whereupon the Second Party is obliged to pay back all fees spent on him/her since his/her recruitment excluding his/her salary”

    Now I plan to resign next week, could they enforce me to pay back the flight costs and visa costs before they give me a letter accepting my resignation? I need the letter so that I can move to my next job.

    Will I also get a ban?

    Please I would really love a reply deepak. Thank you

    John

  115. hello sir

    iam working as a sale man four month period . in my contract say I can resign in probation period. i dont like to work dubai and I gave resign latter. but they keep my passport and they not sending back to my

    my question is if I give 7 days resign notice they shoud send me back to my country na??

    but they are not sending me. plz help me sir

      • Sir

        How to post new Query:
        My contract was unlimited but I have submitted my resignation just after completing 4 months and gave 1 month notice time. But employer informed me they are going to charge me 4590 AED as Visa charges. I know its illegal but we accepted to pay back in Offer letter so am ready to pay. But as per information received to me visa charge will be approx. 5450 AED in which 3000 AED is bank deposit and we paid 270 AED from our pocket so if we will deduct 3270 from 5450 it will be 2180 AED as a reasonable amount.
        Am compelled to resign because they are not paying salary on time eg: January salary expected by March 1st or 2nd. November was paid on January 3rd etc.. Being in HR I cant handle employee queries about salary. Now they are charging me a big amount.

        Please advise.
        Regards
        Baginesh

        • Baginesh,
          I recommend you take your issue to MOL as this is a serious offence.
          COmpanies can not ask visa and other cost reimbursements.

  116. sir
    I have give my resign letter and they are not sending back to my country. so now what can I do?? please help me
    thank you

    • Sameer,
      Your query is incomplete and I am a little confused.
      Why have you resigned? Did you get a new job or you wanted to go back to your home country.
      After contract expiry, company should provide one way ticket home.

  117. Dear Sir,

    Please advise me i am working for catering company in abudhabi i have two years contract but i dont want work so i plan to resign but my HR Manager told me you have to pay all cost for training and all other expenses around more than 15,000 pls guide me i have to pay or not as per labour law.

    Regards,
    Mustafa
    0559765782

    • Mustafa,
      You don’t need to pay any costs. It is illegal for companies to ask for cost reimbursement at all.

  118. hello sir

    iam working at landmark company past 4 months. because of some reason iam going to resign. in my agreement their are nothing mention about any penalty or other cost. but my senior staff saying if i resign i shoud pay money to company.

    so my question is should I pay any penalty or other cost????

    • Sameer,
      You need not pay anything to the company if you resign.
      Please note however that you will face labour ban.

  119. dear sir…

    iam staying dubai in around 4 months. now iam planing to resign from company. so in probation period if I terminate the contract that pay any penalty for the company???

    thank you.

  120. Hi deepak ,
    I am b tech civil engineer and working with a llc. technical service company on 2000 aed in Al Ain since 1-1-2015 .they are not giving my salery and it is about to expire of two month period and they also do not giving any response on medical. If they do not send me for medical and it expires the two month period is there a fine on me . I have called them many times but no response.kindly reply me on this situation what should i do . Can i join a new company without ban .thanks

    • Muhammad,
      Yes, if you do not have proper documents and visa, you will have to pay fines.

  121. Hi sir!
    I would just like to ask if I will resign do I still need to pay 45 days penalty even if im on my 2nd contract (limited) at the same company?what about do I need to pay also the cost of visa,license etc? I just renewed my contract last yr to my current employer and now I am thinking to transfer to other facility. P

  122. hello sir
    iam new to u.ae. just now iam planing to resign from company. in my agreement says that I resign in probation period I have to give 7 days notice only. just want to know that I should pay any cost to the company

  123. Dear Sir,

    Pls note I have joined a company in FEB 2014, and I hv completed my one month(Dubai Visa).
    If I change a job in up coming months will there be any ban iMposed?
    And second clarification if I joined in JAFZA Company will there be any ban.
    I know this is quite repeated thing which you are saying, but to ensure that am on the right page.

    • Keshav,
      If you joined in Feb 2014, you would complete 1 year!
      Ban is imminent as you have not completed your contract.
      No, there is no labour ban in JAFZA.

  124. I am aru and Im working in my company as a security for the past 31 months and my company is terminating me because I came 13 days late from vacation . And they told that I have no service gratitude and have to pay all company expenses and return air ticket as well . So I’m I supposed to do that according the law ?

  125. Hi Deepak,

    I am new here in dubai, i have worked for my company since jan 10, 2015. i havent signed in any contract. And i’m thingking of resigning. Since i am in probation, should i pay my company for any cost regarding my visa processing etc?

    • Kimberly,
      Note that if your labour contract is under process, you will face labour ban. And since you are on probation, you could resign with a day’s notice.
      No, you are not supposed to reimburse any cost to company.

  126. hi deepak,
    i working in uae under unlimited contract.i decided to resign in the 2nd month and informed my manager.but he insisted either to resign on that same day.i said that i will resign on the next month so ican arrange to pay d penalty.but he is not accepting d deal and said me i will terminate you.what i will do?

  127. Hi Deepak!

    I am a nurse in a hospital in Al Ain, I started working since 23rd of January. I haven’t signed any contract here for MOl. But had my medical and emirates ID processed by them. But I really want to transfer because of some issues.

    1.Can I still transfer without having a labor ban?
    2.Will I be obliged to pay for the recruitment fees and visa?

    Thank you!

  128. hi Deepak

    Its Lola again… I checked with PRO and CEO… no employment contract as final document valid between me and the company.
    this is what they say that MOL contract is enough… no other!!! is this normal, knowing that I have commissions also and other benefits since I got a deal on the way, 95% to be successful… how to guarantee my dues????? made the first step to show interest & commitments to my company!!!
    If there is any employment contract should it be in arabic or english, wich one is valid??
    Also,could you tell IF a scanned offer letter with my numeric signature saying that I should reimbourse labor, visa, id, etcc… COSTS IS VALID??

    Thank you so MUUUUUUCH you are just great!!!!!

  129. hi Deepak… this is great job that you do

    I am belgium national came on employement visa collected at dubai airport on 1rst jan 2015 (with pink temporary paper A4 format)… company based in Sharjah as LLC..

    i work as BDM with bahelors degree but LOW salary…just got blood test + radiology and photos, etccc… done. results and other things has been collected by PRO also having my passport (already 1 week) for now as process is ongoing as HE SAID…

    BUT NO employement contract at this stage… visa cost recovery showing on the offer letter, is it normal?

    same for ID = emirates ID card recovery also showing??..

    what is the right thing to have in hand as per uae laws : is it the offer letter ? or the employement contract?

    then if contract happens should it be in arabic or english?

    if no contract happening what should I do? already worked since 2nd jan 2015 till now…

    what about salary then?
    what if Iwant to move to another job?

    NO MOL number given for information tracking on their website etc..??
    how does it work please….

    REALLY NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE. PLS… thank you.

    • Lola,
      Congrats on the new job.
      By now you should have received your labour contract.
      Visa costs are to be completely borne by the company that is employing you.
      Emirates ID cost too has to be borne by the company as this is replacing the erstwhile labour card.
      You should have employment contract. This is the final document valid between you and the company.
      You should insist on receiving an original copy of your labour contract.
      You could check your details through passport number.

  130. Sir,

    As we discussed earlier My wife has decided to resign and informed the official (She is worked as a receptionist but her profession is nursing) . The clinical accepted the resignation through phone and inform that next month they will be released her and one month salary will not pay. Is this is valid? They will assured her to release on next month through phone calls only, no formal resignation letter written.
    1.If they refuse release her next month what can we do?
    2. She entered UAE through AbuDhabi airport, is it any problem to exit through Sharjah because she is worked in AlAin and Sharjah is nearest.
    Please advice.

    • Sujith,
      The company has to pay for whatever period the person has worked.
      1. Contact MOL and file a complaint.
      2. No such problem.

  131. Hi, I am working in a hotel in Abu Dhabi and i have signed a contract that states that I have to bear recruitment costs should i resign within the 2 year contract with the hotel. I am still in my 6 months notice period and wants to resign soon. I would like to know when i resign do i have to bear the cost of the recruitment charges?

    I have just recently done my research and I know that as per Ministerial Resolution No.(52) for 1989 Article 6, the employer is liable for all recruitment charges of the employee and the employee need not bear these costs? Does this law apply in my case?

    • Vincent,
      Yes, employers are supposed to take care of all the recruitment costs.
      However, you have agreed yourself that you will pay recruitment costs if you resigned within 2 years. Guess this is binding on you.

      • I have checked with the Ministry of Labor and apparently they said that they acknowledge only the labor contract. As per the labor law, recruitment charges cannot be charged to the employee. At the same time, when i signed, i did not know that such clauses are illegal, or else i would not have signed it.

        As per the hotline advisor of the ministry, they said that i do not need to pay a single dirham even though i signed because it is illegal as per the law. This is confusing, kindly advise.

          • So if that is the case,if the employer would want to use the excuse of ‘unsatisfactory performance’ to dismiss me during the notice period, does that mean that I can lodge a complaint against them through MOL? Because of per Article 120 unless i commit any of the clauses of Article 120, if the employer were to use their ‘discretion’ to dismiss me, it can be considered as Arbitrary dismissal and I can lodge a formal complaint against them?
            Does that mean I have a higher chance of winning the case? I feel somehow there is some ambiguity there. Can you kindly advise?

  132. Hello sir,

    I am nidhi,now i am working in an it company morethan 6 mothns.I want to change company,before joining this company i signed in one offer letter ,one condition if i discontinue before 2 year i want to pay 10000 aed .i have one year diploma certificate and higher secondary certificate,i dont have degree certificate.how can i change company? How can lift my ban? if i change the company i want to pay or not? pls give me a replay sir.

    • Nidhi,
      Yes, you will have to pay as you have signed the document.
      To avoid ban you will need 12K salary as bachelor’s degree holder and 7K for secondary certificate holder.

  133. Sir,
    I am writting regarding for my wife, Who is a nurse and worked in AlAin. She is a nurse but she has no HAAD licence only DHA exam pass holder now she is worked as a receiptionist and her visa is also in a receiptionist. She is completed in 2months and now wants to resign because there is no use of work as a receiptionist and the company offered the salary hike after passing the HAAD exam but she is unable to study due to workload. She had signed a 2year contract and in that contract mentioned 6 months training and if terminate the contract 3 months salary to compansation.
    Sir my question is
    1. If she resigned is the 3months compensation is applicable?
    2.If she resigned now is she paid for the visa fee?
    3.The degree certificate is kept in Hospital custody what can we do to return back it?
    4. If she got a ban?
    5. Is there any legal help we gan get(means lawyer,labour,etc)

    Please help us sir

  134. Dear Sir,

    Good Day!

    I am Nnada from India who sending this mail.

    I got your website detail through my friend regarding the visa details.I will explain you my situation and please advice me.

    I was worked in Dubai on 1998-2003 and 2011-2013.
    Then last month I got a opportunity in Iraq.The companies head office in Dubai.They gave me two visas.That is one is for Dubai and another for Iraq.The dubai visa was Tourist visa Issued from 25/10/2014 to 23/12/2014.I traveled on 07/11/2014 to Dubai.I got down in Terminal 1 and went inside the city and went to Terminal 2 to go to Iraq.In that same day itself I was entered and exit from Dubai.Then I went to Iraq and came to India Last month.Now I got a offer in Dubai.

    Now I am having two issues.
    I got an offer from my friend, and he started the visa process last week.He said that he will get visit visa first first.I said OK.Mean time I got another offer from another company with good salary.So I prefer to go in this offer.I was tried to convince my friend to stop his visa , but he refused to leave me to join in that company.Then I didn’t speak more with him, because he is my friend.
    At same time I was informed frankly to the new company what was happened.
    They said we will get visa.Yesterday they had applied for my visa.

    At same time I got the call from my friend that his company got the message when they tried to get visa, that I am having visa in my name.Then I was replied to him that last I went to Dubai in Tourist visa.That too I entered on 7th nov and exit on same day.I sent him the visa copy, entry and exit page.

    So please clear me about this.
    1.I was traveled to Dubai last in Tourist visa and left on 7th november,so that will affect for this two people?
    2.At same time two people are applying for me visa, both can get the visa?
    3.If so can I choose the company and travel in that visa?

    Kindly advice me.

    With lots of thanks,

    Nanda

    • Nanda,
      1. Your entries on tourist visa will not have any effect on the current application.
      2. No. It is not possible to get 2 employment visas.
      3. Not applicable.

  135. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    Good Day!

    I am a nurse and working in Healthcare city Dubai freezone area, I got a new offer to another healthcare facility but not freezone. I tender my resignation 35 days notice though it’s written in my contract i’ve signed is 3 months notice. Employer said i need to follow contract 3 months notice and i need to pay a lot like visa, license, medical, and remaining days of notice plus the 45 days for breaching the contract.

    Kindly advise if i cannot complete the 3 months notice because i need to grab the new opportunity.

    Do I need to pay the 55 days remaining plus the 45 days for breaching and visa, license medical fitness and others?

    Please advise, thank you.

    Jemhar

    • Jemhar,
      If you have signed such a contract, yes, you will need to provide such notice period or else face the penalties.

  136. Would it be possible if my sister could find and look for another job even without the cancellation from her previous employer? Her employment visa expired last December 5 and they want her to go back to country even my sister ask not to.

  137. Hello sir,
    I used to work for a free zone company in DMCC.
    I resigned from my job on 7th Dec and gave a notice to company for a month, but my employer said they don’t need my service anymore and told me not to come to work from the following day. My passport , emirates ID and Dmcc employment card is with them and said will inform me as soon as they cancel my visa. How long should I wait for them to cancel and handover my passport back? I tried calling them and emailing them but no reply from their side. What should I do now ?

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