What is an Unlimited Contract-Employment Contract?

Meaning of Unlimited Contract under UAE Labour LawOpens in a new tab.

Unlimited contract means the contract has a commencement date but no end date. The contract can be terminated by mutual agreement with the consent of both the parties by giving the necessary notice period mentioned in the employment agreement.

The employee’s wages during the notice period shall paid in full for the entire notice period served.

An employer may dismiss a worker without notice as per Article 120 of UAE Federal Labour Law.Opens in a new tab.


Rules of Unlimited Labour Contract:

  1. An unlimited contract has a start date, but no end date.
  2. Employee or the employer may end or terminate the employment contract by giving a notice period of 30 days. It is also possible to extend the notice period if both parties mutually agree to extend  the notice period.
  3. The employer must pay the salaries or wages of the employee up to the notice period.
  4. If for any reason, the notice period was not served, the party which did not adhere to this condition must compensate the other party for the 30 day wages/salary.
  5. If an employee has violated any conditions under Article 120 of the UAE Labour LawOpens in a new tab., then the employer could terminate the employee with immediate effect.
  6. The employee also could terminate the contract as per Article 121 of UAE Labour LawOpens in a new tab., if the employer fails the obligations. 
  7. There must however be proper justification from employer’s side for terminating employee; for arbitrary dismissals and terminations, the employer will be liable to pay 3 months’ compensation to the employee. 

Article 120 – UAE Labour Law – The employer may dismiss the employee without notice in the following cases:

  1. If the employee adopts a false identity or nationality or if he submits forged documents or certificates.
  2. If the employee is appointed under a probationary period and dismissal occurred during or at the end of said period.
  3. If he commits an error causing substantial material loss to the employer provided that the latter advises the labour department of the incident within 48 hours from having knowledge of the same.
  4. If the employee violates instructions concerning safety of the place of business provided that such instructions are displayed in writing at conspicuous places and in case of an illiterate employee the latter be informed verbally of the same.
  5. If he fails to perform his basic duties under the contract of employment and persists in violating them despite formal investigation with him in this respect and warning him of dismissal if the same is repeated.
  6. If he divulges any secrets of the establishment where he is employed.
  7. If he is awarded final judgement by the competent court in respect of an offence prejudicing honour, honesty or public morals.
  8. If during working hours he is found drunk or under the influence of drug.
  9. If in the course of his work he commits an assault on the employer, the manager or any of his colleagues.
  10. If he absents himself without lawful excuse for more that twenty intermittent.

The employee will be entitled to compensation if the termination of the contract had been for an unjustified cause. The court may award the employee damages, against the employer, provided that the damages so awarded does not exceed three months wages of the employee and the calculation to be based on the last wage paid to the employee.

The gratuity is applicable to all the employees whether you are under Company’s sponsorship or Father’s or Husband’s sponsorship. Still if you are working for an employer, you are certainly entitled for gratuity under Unlimited Employment Contract.Opens in a new tab.


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329 thoughts on “What is an Unlimited Contract-Employment Contract?

  1. Just ask which to be followed?
    End of contract or residence visa?
    My contract is end today? But residence vise will be expire on dec. 15th.
    They still want me to work.
    I give one month notice already that i will not renew my contract.

    1. Dear Sir, I have unlimited contract, I joined 10 October 2017, on 19 November 2021, my 2 contract Wil camplet, but camppny need 30 days notice period 23 I’m giving notice period but HR said if I not camplet 30 days notice period, my 4 year gratuity will not pay please give, best regards

      1. You need to submit your notice period as per your employment terms.

        I would suggest you to Talk to your on this matter.

  2. Im newly hired in our company and im just 2 months working, i did not do things that in article 120 mention. thats why im wondering, why my employee terminate me that quick. he didn’t not give me one month notice as i read my unlimited contract they need to give me one month notice before the termination. they just talk to me yesterday 11/13/2017 that im actually out of the company. i just want to know what is my right according to the labour law here in uae. and how many months they need to pay me for compensation

  3. hi, i have an unlimited contract and my employer renewed it as a limited contract now. should i be able to get my gratuity from my old contract?
    i’m just having a problem coz i have already signed the new contract. i was not aware that there should be a notice and that i was also given a false information that my contract is expiring even though it is unlimited.

  4. Sir
    My wife is working on an unlimited contract under a private firm in Sharjah. She will complete her probation period next month. Now she wishes to resign as they are not paying her the promised salary as per the contract (pay cut to 40%). They were supposed to give her an engineer visa as promised during the interview as she is a masters degree holder and once the visa was stamped it was of a coordinators visa. Also the work atmosphere is very bad. Will she have a labor ban or immigration ban ? And when is the right time to resign as she has to complete a 1 month notice period after resignation. Please reply ASAP. Thank you

  5. I’m working with a Dubai based company for almost 10 years. The company is not paying me salary regularly as a result of which my current unpaid salary dues has exceeded for over 3 months. Can I resign from the company without providing them the notice period?

  6. i sign a 2 years contract in my company last feb 2016.and i also take my days annual leave jst this july.
    and i jst submitted my resignation effective until end of nov.

    my question what benefit i can get in my company.
    thank you.

  7. Hi Deepak
    I am working 2 years in a gas installation company with unlimited contract. my contract will expire on next month. Last month my employer terminated me because of financial problem. Now i am in notice period , i want to know my benefits from company and how many month salary also.

  8. I have resigned to my present company since they took out all the benefits as well as the didn’t gave me the said increment after the probation period, currently I am on my 1yr and 5mons and got a better offer from another company. When I gave my resignation and notice period to my company, they were telling me of 3mons notice instead of a month..! What should I follow from the contract, the one that is said as 1 month notice or the 3 months that is encloses also written from my contract.?

  9. Hi Deepak,

    Good day! I finished my 6 months contract as probation. And now I’m planning to resign if I get job on the other employer. My question is If i got new job which is not higher than 3k or 4k will I get Labour Ban? Thanks!

  10. If the Employer terminates an Employee after working for more than 5 years mentioning the reason that not performing the duties means the Employee will be eligible for 3 months Salary compensation ? Please help me in this regard.

  11. Hi deepak i just want to ask ill end my contract on feb 2018 but i wanted to resign because i have other high salary offer. my question is does the company have the rights to go against my resignation and stop me from resigning? and will i have a company ban or labour ban if i resign.

  12. Hi Mr. Deepak

    I am a unlimited contract, I already finish my 6mongths contract and now I want to resign in my company, that hr told me that I will 4000+ before they will sign my papers… Will I pay that 4000+ after I finished 6months?

  13. Mr. Deepak

    I am unlimited contract, i already resign in my company and this effectivity this coming September 20 for my 6months, and the hr told me that I will pay 4k+… Should I pay this money? Should I pay something after finished 6months contract?

    Thanks Mr.deepak

  14. Hi Mr. Deepak.
    I am in Unlimited Contract and My Contract is already finished on 11/07/2017 but I just got to know through mohre. Even my company didn’t remind me yet. My visa is going to expire on 16/09/2017. I would like to change the company.
    What is the rules I need to follow?
    Since I have further 1 month to finish my visa, Is it enough to give 1 month notice period now…

  15. Hello, I have a question, what if the employee in under unlimited contract and after 3 months he decided to resign , should he need to pay for what the company spend for him like visa , insurance and medical ? or he just need to provide 1 month notice?

    1. same question, i just finished 5months and decided to resign, i called hr and they told me that i have to pay them 6000 aed for visa cost. is that true?

  16. My company deduct me 1 day salary without any formal notice to me and to my colleuge just because of simple mistake in the report which is only a remarks in sales report. Can i complain this to labour?

  17. Im under unlimited contract, My 2years will be on Sep 11,2017. if i wish to not to renew my contract which date should i follow september 11 (my joining date) or my emp. Visa (october 25,2017)?? And do i need to resign?

  18. Hi Deepak
    This is on behalf of my friend who has resigned after 4years of service in a company, he had an unlimited contract and did not renew his contract, so my question is, will he be eligible for air ticket for his return?

  19. Hi DEEPAK
    i am working for construction company and completed my probation period of 6 months of my unlimited contract. I just need to know that i have been offered 40% more salary compare to what i am getting from my present company. my question is could my present employer put ban on me if i resign??? my designation is Electrical engineer . Your suggestion would be appreciated.

      1. What if your job is QC Engineer and your employer gave you an employment visa of Archives Clerk and I wish to transfer for a new employer? Will I get a labour ban?

  20. Hello Deepak,
    I am posting this on behalf of my friend. He joined a company in 2015 , under Unlimited Contract and he also signed an offer letter before joining that says 3 months Notice period. However, on the date of joining in labor contract which states the start date and unlimited contract and there is no notice period mentioned. Now he wants to go back to his country and legally he is serving notice period of 1 month based on latest HR policies which was circulated recently before he resigned. Now, Company is asking him to serve 3 months NP as per the offer letter he signed electronically. His Visa is expiring next month and his labor Card ( Not Labor Contract) has an expiry date end of this month. Kindly suggest or let me know if required any further details.

  21. Mr. Deepak,
    I signed an offer letter and did not materialize since that time the UAE establish Emiratisation and no one from the company informed me that the position was filled in by an emirate. Can I file a case for not adhering to the offer letter they give me?
    Looking forward for your informative reply.

  22. sir i m working under unlimited term employment contract. & there is no probation period in my contract. my company not paying my salery properly. if have got another job what should i do sir. if my boss cancel my visa there is ban on me or not

  23. Hi,

    I’m writing to obtain more information on the employment contract policies under the MoL laws.
    I’m Ashna Singh, an Indian passport holder with a Residence visa (Husband’s sponsorship).

    I had applied for a job in a company called Bioimmun, located in Dubai Healthcare City. The company has decided to offer me the job. The formalities they require before on-boarding me is to sign the MoL Employment contract and the Company agreement contract. They’ve also told me I don’t need to be under the company’s employment visa since I already have one.

    What should I look out for in the contract, since I do not want to be in a position where I am tied to the company for 2 years or should I decide to leave within 2 years time frame, I should not have to pay a fees.

    Kindly guide me in this matter

      1. the notice period mentioned for unlimited is 30 days. Suppose, I do give them a 30 days notice in advance, will i be paid for that period?

      2. Hi Deepak Thanks for your answer.

        The notice period is 1 month in unlimited contract. Do I still have to pay early termination fees (45 days of salary to the company)?

        Please help, Thanks

  24. Hi Deepak
    I am under unlimited contract, the company push me to submit resignation letter and I submitted.Also company gave me one month notice period. Now I am applying aother jobs, will there be any ban on me to get a new job.

  25. Hi.. I’m in my company for 8 months with unlimited contract. I’m planning to submit my resignation letter and thinking if my company can impose ban for me??

  26. hey am a cement mix preparatory worker with unlimited contract, i have been employed for two months now, how best can i terminate perharps resign from this company

  27. Hi im a nurse with unlimited contract. i have been employed a year now in a freezone company. i have submitted my resignation letter to the management and they have threatened me with a one-year labour ban. my question is: can they ban me just like that?

  28. Hi I’m in a unlimited contract… I work for three months and they terminate me from work.. do I have a labour ban… what are my rights??

    1. Hello sir I am working with a construction company in UAE .i have signed unlimited contract with the company .i have completed my two years with this company .now my visa going to expire next month and I want to join other company.but the owner say he will ban me if I not renew visa with him .i want to know wether he has the authority to do so ???

  29. Hi i am a nurse with unlimited contract. I been working for the company for the last 10 mos now. Company terminated us due to redundancy, they over hire but then they cant pay for our salary so they decided to terminate us with 30 days notice. My concern is what are my rights? I am informed that i am not eligible for gratuity but i still have unused leave, do i have right to get paid for my unused leave? Am i eligible for 3 months salary pay?

    1. You must be paid unused leave salary and one way ticket.
      I don’t think you can avail 3 month salary for your service.

  30. Hi Sir,
    I am working for a construction directly hired from my country, however our project will will lessen the manpower. I’ll reach my 8mos working period in that time. May I know if I will be entitled to receive the 3 mos. compensation? by the way my contract is also unlimited. Thank you and have a nice day

      1. I have Unlimited Contract Mr. Deepak. And working for 8 mos. in construction company. will it be possible to receive a 3 months compensation if the company will terminate for the reason of reducing its manpower due to project construction completion? thank you very much..

  31. Hello and Good Day, I have been employed by a company for over six years and no performance issues, and no disciplinary issues, I now have an offer with a different company and I want to give notice but I am worried about back lash, such as BLACK LIST me when they cancel my visa, or freezing my bank account when they cancel my visa to take the new job here in abu dhabi, my plan is to give 30 notice as required., and then what about my end of service pay, should that be paid before I sign a no contest letter.?

    1. You may not have any ban if you have served for this long and have served the Notice Period.
      If you have any bank liabilities, upon transfer of your EOSB, the bank may freeze the account, which can be solved by providing them with new contract and visa copy.
      Ideally EOSB should be paid prior to you signing the cancellation papers, but this is not the case mostly.

  32. Hi Sir im under unlimited Contract… I work Only for three months and after that my Operation Manager just Terminate me at my Work… What are my rights???

    1. If you are under probation, you have no rights.
      Read about Probation: http://emiratesdiary.com/jobs-in-uae-2/what-is-probation-period

  33. Iam Yam
    Hi Sir
    I am under Unlimited Contract and served already more than 9 months, now my Employer is imposing overtime and different work timings which i do not like and not comfortable with it, I wanted to resign but I did not break any rules and I wasn’t pain in the ass. I am a good employee. My employer have some lapses also like delayed salary every month. Can they still Ban me for resigning and ask me to pay their expenses with my Visa? do they have the right to do that? And if in case they terminate me for not obeying with the work timings do i still need to pay them of their Visa expenses?Pls advise me what to do.

    Please Reply Thanks & Best Regards
    Iam Yam

  34. Hi Sir,

    i am terminated due to bad performance and have been given 30 days notice..Even though they have said this verbally , i am not given anything in writing or in email….it is an unlimited contract and the company is based in sharjah…..An LLC company& into IT solutions…The company has around 12 employees only…. i have completed 1 year of service ….kindly let me know if there will be any ban & what will be the financial terms that i am eligible for…….please also let me know if i would be eligible for an air ticket as well

    Awaiting your reply

    1. Hi Reyhan,

      depending on your skill level, your ban will be decided.
      Mostly for graduates, there will be no labour ban.

  35. hi sir .i came with unlimited visa and probation 6month after 4 month cpmplted my probation and now i got good oppotunity in other hospital am a paramedic ,,,is there any prblem for me ban and any charges for resign process ,,plz can u suggest me what should i do and my contract is after probation 2month period ,,

    1. Hello Qayyum,

      I hope this mail finds you well.

      It is understood that you are in an Unlimited visa, and you wish to join another company after completing 4months on your current company. In an unlimited visa, you shall complete 12 months on the company. After 12 months, then only you can give your resignation.

      If resigning without completing 12months in UNLIMITED visa , you will get:
      1. 6 months labour ban (Automatic ban)
      2. Additional 6 months ban (if company requested)
      3. You are not entitled of any gratuity pay
      4. You need to pay your employer an amount equivalent to 45days wage.

      How to Avoid Labour ban:
      1. Complete atleast 12months to your current company before resignation.
      2. Secure job from Freezone companies
      3. If you are a University graduate, you shall have an offer atleast 12,000 AED.
      4. You will not have a ban if your profession is listed as Skill category 1. (see your current visa title / skill category)
      5. Obtain an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from your current company.

      I hope this may help. It is best to check from MOL, contact no. 800-665 for advise.
      All the best!


      1. hello sir… am on unlimited contract and am left with one month to complete 12 months… plss am a eligible to resigne without any ban after I have completed the 12 months. thank u




        PLZ HELP ME.
        THANK YOU

  36. Dear,sir
    Gud day!I’m just asking if I’m liable to pay my company for all there expenses to me like,
    Agency service fee,
    Agency processing fee,
    UAE visa processing fee,
    UAE insurance fee,
    And half salary for 3 months?
    Because I’m filling resign.
    I’m 1year @ 3 months now hire but we have unlimited contract?

  37. Hello,
    I have been employed since 19-10-2016 on unlimited contract and my Employer is delaying all my benefits ever since then. I have been paid my first salary after 2 months, Emirates ID application is cancelled since my Residence VISA is stamped after almost 3 months ie on 15-01-2017, because of these unsatisfactory work conditions I had decided to quit and Emailed my Employer my Resignation on December stating 1 month of notice period and that ends on 17-01-2017. Still I am working with them, and salary for the month December is not credited yet. Am I legally approved to quit without ban? Where should I visit for the contract termination and VISA cancellation? Is there anyway my employer could delay all the process? Should I work with them anymore?

    Thank you.

  38. Hi my Company has Terminated my unlimited contracted on 29/12/2016. I was working with this company since March 2012 which means almost 4 years and 10 months.My annual leave and air ticket was also due. But Company is giving me only one month notice.May i know how much gradutity and other benefits I will get from them.

  39. Dear Deepak,

    I am on unlimited contract and working for the past 6year and 10months in the company. I had requested for a 45 maternity leave + 30 annual leave =75days but the company forced me to go for a 120 days leave without pay. While i was on my maternity leave, they have sent me a email letter of service termination and notice of 30days period.

    Is this possible that they can terminate me while on maternity leave?. If so, what would be the benefits that i get for the forced leave and termination.
    1. 45days of maternity leave is with full pay or allowance will be deducted from this?
    2. Will they have to pay me 3months pay or 1 month pay as notice pay.
    3. Will there be any compensation for the forced leave period.

  40. Dear sir
    iam here in dubai since last 3 month actually I was came for cafe but still they are not giving my position as a waiter so I want to change my company. In this case how can I change my company. Is it possible after crossing prohibition time? If anyone knows about that rule please leave some words here.
    Thank You ,

  41. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    i am working in free zone company and finished my 6 months probation. now, i already submitted my resignation and as per my contract states that notice period of 3 months. and as per my contract article 5 says that “seven successive days of absences without any justification, contract will be terminated and deprived from end of benefits only”

    My questions is if i receive offer letter from new company, should i pay compensation charges from my old company even if i finished 1 month notice only.

    please advise Mr. Deepak.

  42. Dear Sir
    Good day!!!
    I have a question regarding labour ban. I want to confirm that labour ban is still active or not in uae ?

  43. Is there any UAE citizen who is above the law. Sorry fo such question but i thnk some one misuses the laws. Thank you

  44. how do I check my no of months since I came with employment visa…is it d day I resumed work or d day in my I’d or the day I signed contract.I’m a vet .with unlimited contract.I want to change job

  45. Hi sir I’m working at hotel I’m unlimited avoid
    My question is I finished 6 month but I’m not interested this company and I find another job
    If I resing in this company I have to pay for any money for them?

  46. Dear deepak,

    Hi,I’m under a unlimited contract but they terminate me last Dec.18,2015 which is one month after its my 2years in company my question the company will pay me 3months? And what another benificary that I can in the company,my company is semi-goverment.


  47. Dear deepak,

    May problem is they terminate me last December 18,2015 which is one after is my 2years in my company I work 1year ang 11 months my question is they will pay me 3months and what another benifets I can get in my company?

    thanks Sir!

  48. Dear Deepak,
    I have Completed three years with limited contract same company. Now they are telling to sign limited contract to unlimited contract.but my visa will expiry on 5th may 2017 if i resign my job will come any ban?shall i sign unlimited contract if refuse to sign that unlimited contract what will happen?how much i’ll get gratutiy ?if i resign my job before expired of my visa any ban is there?? pls Advice
    Thanking you

  49. Sir I am already 2 yers finished now renewed only 10 month now iam resignation I will money pay in combany

  50. Dear Deepak,

    Could you please advise and provide information,
    I had unlimited offer above 15k salary recently in March 2016, but while signing the contract they made it as limited contract for 2 years, and when i asked the employer, he promised me and given a written approval that my contract is Unlimited and its a PRO mistake and he also advised that my contract will be unlimited and provided an revised amendment . I signed a contract for limited period of 2 years .. but i had a document and offer saying it is unlimited.

    But my worry is if i get any good job can i change by giving notice period without any BAN?

    Please advise

  51. dear hello i left my job coze my company did not gyve me full salary and i stop working this job i ask my manager in watsap wheane i take my salary hi did not replay me and i toll hum i dont come to work the date it ooze 12/02/016 company did not gyve me full salary i stop my job i have unlimited contract and i wont to find new job i will gate band from my company i stop working ? please gyve me some information and i work 12 days for this month and they have to gyve me the money for this12 days i work ?

  52. Mr. Deepak,

    Hi, I’am under unlimited contract and working here for 9 months as per my joining date(May 2015) but my visa issued October 2015. I want to resign now because I got an good offer from other company and this company im currently working is not issuing health insurance. What are the consequences if i want to resign without completing at least 1 year of my contract?Please state all the possible consequences I may face if I do this.

    Many Thanks in advance,

  53. Hi Deepak,

    I have finished 2 yr unlimited contract, my employer renewed me now under limited contract. Will I have a labor ban still if i will complete only 1 yr of my renewed limited contract term??? How will I know what employee classification I am??? I would really appreciate your feedback.

  54. Dear Deepat

    Like ask ,l have resign my work place last and my visa finished on 19 December 2015 .my company give money yesterday December salary ,yearly ticket and gratity 3years and now overstay in Dubai.

    So have help me ,who will pay overstay and did not get job .my visa already expired and not yet cancelled it.so who gonna pay my ticket for home.


  55. Good day sir Deepak ,my name is Weya,i work for a company in dubai,on an unlimited contract,i started work on the 10th of december 2013 and i handed my notice on the 30th of december 2015,my notice will be done on the 30th of the jan 2016,i havent taking a vacation during my periode of working or any airticket home,so my question sir is,will my company pay my ticket and what other benefits will i get,thanks in advance

  56. Dear Deepak,

    I am working for 7 months now, as a spa supervisor, in my visa it stated that my position is manicurist with a lower salary, but when i saw the contract i didnt sign it because i want them to change it, now, im applying for another company in dubai, if i want to resign, will i get a labour ban? Even if im willing to pay all the expenses they made for me, because i was hired in my country and they processed all my papers just to go here and work for them. I will really appreciate your answer. Thanks.

  57. Dear depak
    What is Unlimited contract ..??
    My contract is unlimited with company I complete one year in my company another company offer me a good job. I want to go another company. Please tell me about labour ban if I cancel my visa in one year

  58. hi sir,i just got a job in one of the hotels in Dubai…in my employment visa was written chambermaid but when I resumed work, I was told to be washing plates in the kitchen,each time I complain they change the job to what was in my visa,they threaten me with cancellation of my visa,and visa expenses….i have been to MOL to lodge a complain but now it is even worse,they threaten me here and there with all sorts…please,can I do Visa change or which one? as I am not comfortable working with them and hope there is no ban for me,i am just working for 2weeks here without offer letter, which they also threaten me with each time I ask..thanks

  59. Hai sir,
    My question is that
    * presently I am working in a clinic for past one year on unlimited contract
    *Now I got job in abudhabi hospital only 1000 aed different from my present salary . But as my family is staying in abudhabi I need to go..
    My job title is medical lab technician both in visa and labour card..
    Will I get any ban sir?

  60. Hello, please give me an advice. I am working in LLC( unlimited contract). I finished my probation period last month and I found a better job in another LLC. If we will agree with my current employer(mutual consent), will I get a ban from labor Office?

    Thank you

  61. Dear sir,
    I’m finish 1st visa & same company 2nd visa 4 month complete unlimited contract I want cancel my visa starting from 10/06/13 to til date. Im mention in resigned letter I want cancel my visa Same family problem my notice period is 13/12/15 to 15/01/16. Sir please tell me letter is right or wrong?
    & other company freezone give me offer letter with good package any ban?, please tell me sie

  62. Dear Mr. Deepak,
    I am working in a company under unlimited contract since may 2015. In New labour law 2016 can I change my job without any ban? What are the conditions regarding this matter? Please help me. I am graduate

  63. Hi,

    I am under unlimited contract and working as an engineer in LLC for 2.5 months now. However, I got a better offer in a semi-govt company and they advise me to resign now. How long will be the notice period? There is no probation period specify on my contract but I think it is 3 months per labor law. Do I need to render 1 month notice? Will I pay my visa, medical, etc to my current employer? Pleasr enlighten me. Thank you.

  64. hi.my employment visa is under unlimited. and my visa started last december 09 2013. and i want to cancel it on this december 09 2015 to complete the 2 years and decided not to renew.i already served/handed my notice of cancellation to my employer but she refused to signed it.my concern here is what if the visa automatically renewed without my consent.and if i want to go home is that possible that i hav a ban?please reply me asap. thanks you and Godbless..

    feeling hopelessly.

  65. hi iwant to ask if the labour will give me a ban if i will resign in an unlimited contract..im 8months here but i very tired to this work and they didnt pay for an overtime…

  66. HI im working in a contract of unlimited and its 2 year so my contract will finish on 20 Nov 2015 and visa on passport wil finish on 23 dec 2015. and i submitted my resignation on oct 20 to serve 1 month notice period. but my employer is not ready to cancel me. please help me how many days i can stay here after finish my contract. and is there any fine after that. or i need to stay here after completing my visa on passport.
    and how can i get cancel my visa if my employer is not ready to cancel

    please help
    thanks in advance

  67. Thank’s in advance!i iam on an limited contract and I have completed 8months in this company and I have been terminated from my company recently due to Surplus Staff issue the compan agreed to give me a NOC. Just like to know whether I will face a ban and what about the new rules effect from 1st Jan regarding ban.

    Thank’s in advance!

  68. Dear sir ,
    I was joined jebelali free zone company as operations but company situation terminated last
    Weak I will get a ticket or ? Please advice me

  69. Dear Sir,

    Good day!

    I just want to ask regarding to the bad situation here in our present company. Im hired in the Philippines and im unlimited contract. They doing cut salary with or without medical certificate . We agreed that we were work in Public Holiday but after that, if you do simple mistake they will cancel the off and take all the Public holiday without pay. In my contract in the labour, we were work only 9hours but we are working 12hrs per day! somentimes no break, late break although we have 1hour break a day.
    The salary very late. i want to change my job is it possible?
    Will appreciate your help.

    1. Lhea,
      Seems like your company does not follow labour law.
      You could file a complaint with MOL.

  70. Hi Mr Deepak,
    Im planning to resign this month to my present employer, Im on unlimited contract, my questions is do I need to pay 45 days salary,?I know that I need to give 30 days notice.


      1. Thanks Deepak, i serve only 6 months from my job contract and im decided to resign, im on unlimited contract? do i still need to pay 45 days salary?

      2. thanks, deepak follow up question, which should be follow the offer letter or the job contract coming from MOL.


  71. Dear Deepak,
    What if I am serving one month notice period where as in my offer letter it mentioned 3months.
    Also the link which u have given say degree holder should have 12500 salary so that no ban is imposed. I am having two offer one is 6000 and other is 8500. Can you please go thru my and give me exact answer. Getting confused by ur answer. Engineer dont face ban. But what’s are the pros and cons in changing the job with completing my contarct . as I told my contract does not specify any contract expiry. But offer meter do have 3 years mentioned in it. With 3 months notice on approval.

    1. Javed,
      You need to serve notice period as per the contract.
      You need 12k as a bachelor degree holder.
      But coming Jan 2016 as per new labour law rules, you will face no labour ban:
      New Labour Law:

  72. Dear Dipak,

    I am it engineer working for company in Abu dhabi for unlimited contract with no end date mention. And I am completing my 1 year in Oct. But my visa is getting expired in Nov 2016. I would like to know if I resign the job after completing 1 year with notice period of 1 month but offer letter has mentioned 2monthbafter the confirmation. Will I get the ban and what will be penalties I have to bare.

    Waiting for Ur answer to my queries


  73. I resigned from company with effective notice period .i got news job in other company.i had unlimitted contract with old company.i want to know that if i will not finish notice period …what will happen ?..can i joint immidiatly in news company?? Please tell me advice and suggession.

    Thank you.

    1. Ashfaque,
      Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/uae-labour-law-2/what-is-a-notice-period

  74. Dear Deepak
    Thanks for a most informative site.
    Please clarify this for me:
    I’ve worked for an institution for over 12yrs on an unlimited contract. With excellent appraisals and no disciplinary action ever.

    We don’t have labour cards since the institution is exempt . My outdated contract is unlimited.

    A dispute amongst the governing body and affiliate body erupted and I got caught in the mess.
    Result ? Both my senior and I got terminated in May 2015 Without any reason provided although I’ve asked. So unfair dismissal on political grounds .

    The saga continued and only last week ( 22sept2015)did I receive The calculations of my EOSB after I had to request this!
    The termination letter was with immediate effect, but only one month’s ex gratia payment was calculated:
    What am I entitled to? Although no labour cards, the contract says ‘according to UAE labour law’
    So, unlimited contract, no labour card, yet contract says according to UAE labour law, no HRPolicy process followed, excellent appraisals throughout. Yet immediate termination with no reason , 5 months lapse since then with no income , I’m on husbands sponsorship.
    What am I entitled to?
    1. 1month or 3 months for termination without reason
    3. Leave pay ?
    4. Ticket money?

    A speedy reply will be appreciated since I’m requested to come sign the document ASAP after 5 months!

    1. Beulah,
      Looks to me like arbitrary dismissal. And under which you are supposed to be paid 3 month wages.
      1. 3 month as per me.
      2. Yes (unless terminated under Article 120)
      3. Yes
      4. Yes (or air ticket)

  75. Hi deepak,
    i was reading your article about unlimited contract. I just want to ask about my situation. Im working in a medical center her in uae for 6months and my contract is unlimited contract as mentioned in the papers. But my profession is as insurance clerk. I recently passed the haad exam for a registered nurse. It is possiblefor me to change my job.. or transfer to any company without a ban?

  76. i complete my 3 years on company now i want to leave company is there any benefit for me and company bann on me

  77. dear mr. deepak id just like to ask what are my rights on my company i have limited contract only and working for 10 months on this company. what are my right and do will i get paid if they terminated me? can i complaint to the labour if they terminated me without any grounds?

  78. Hi..need some advice..i have unlimited contract with a private company in Fujairah..working for 4 months now..they gave me end of probation notice..but my employer says my performance needs improvement and gave me 1month to improve..now im thinking of quitting..would there be a labor ban for me? btw i am on husband’s sponsorship/visa.. thank you..

      1. Thanks Deepak. So automatic ban also applies to those with spouse visa. I have bachelors, but the new law will be effective on January right? Another option would be looking for a job in the freezone or govt? Thanks so much..

        1. Popi,
          Yes, labour ban applies irrespective of husband visa or no.
          In the new labour law rules, there are exeemptions.

  79. Hello deepak, im currently working in a cleaning company and that company is a hell! We dont have a health card and our emirates id and medical are deducted to our salary. My contract is 2years, Im still under probation and i dont know if im a limited or unlimited contract since they didnt give us our labour card, just the emirates id.. my question is, can i resign and apply to another job/company? And am i going to have a ban? Please i need your answer, thank you.

      1. As far as I know, there is no ban in those who are under probation. They can still resign and look for another company if they are under 6 months.

  80. Hi sir! I would just like to ask some questions. My husband is on an unlimited contract and has finished 1 year and 7 months already. He is planning to transfer to another company. It has an offer of 8000 aed, his previous salary is 6500. Will he get any employment ban if he will resign? If he will be banned, what can we do to lift the ban? Thank you so much!

  81. Hi Deepak,

    I have been terminated but I have not completed my probation period .

    Am I entitled to get air ticket from the company?


  82. Dear Depak ,
    I would like to ask you a question , I have finish my two year contract with my current company visa cancellation posses is going on , so I just want to know about my return ticket to my home country.
    company should provide or i want to take?
    My contract is unlimited


    1. Manoj,
      If you have resigned, company need not provide you ticket. If terminated, then they should provide.

  83. Dear Deepak

    i am working in a limited contract in a probation period , i just want to know if my employer and I mutually agree to cancel the contract , in this case will the ban will be impost on me ????


    1. Samir,
      Employer can indicate the intention not to impose labour ban on labour cancellation document.

  84. Hi Deepak,

    Im on my last 2months of my contract and plan not to renew it. Im on unlimited contract but I am scared to give a notice because once I put a 30days notice. They will ask me not to work on the 2nd day onwards until my end cotract. Which they did to all my colleagues. Which I cannot work for a month without salary. And also 5months ago they ask me to put an open resignation without a date. Would I be getting a labor ban if they ask me not to work on my last month.? And if I finish my 2years and extend for another month am I entitled for labor ban also? Hoping for your response


  85. Dear Deepak,
    I am pakistani national, holding passport number BF1754781, My visa is of assistant engineer.
    I joined this company offically on 9 sep 2013, but my employment contract is of dec 2013.

    By qualification is graduate computer engineer.

    Now I have put resignation with one month notice, will i face ban in current situation? Kindly guide me.

    My contract is unlimited.

    But why its showing limited online?

    Kind Regards

      1. I checked now its updated by scan copy and showing un limited. but my question is still pending, i have finished 1 year and 10 months of service so if i leave there will be automatic ban by labor court /mol?

      2. My contract is unlimited and if the company terminate my contract with one month for the reason of employee reduction, do you have any additional benefits aside from gratuity and annual leave salary?

  86. hi deepak,

    If you take annual leave before one year and the company approved it then you wished for extension but they don’t approved it. Then even without approval of externsion, u stayed in your home country for more than 2 months. Can they terminate you using violation of article 120 once you reported back to your work?

    thanks in advance.


  87. Hai Sir,
    Currently i got terminated from my company and now im in notice period…..i’d completed only 7 months…so i would like to know that how much the company has to pay me and whether they has to give me my air ticket also..

    1. Philip,
      They should pay you notice period salary and one way ticket to your home country.
      Also leaves not utilised, should be encashed.

  88. Hi,

    I hope you can help with the following.

    My contract states the following:

    “The duration of this agreement shall be Unlimited. As from 19/02/2015 to 19/02/2019.”

    It is my understanding that Unlimited contracts have no end date, so which applies here?
    Is this an Unlimited or Limited Contract?


    1. Martin,
      When this is mentioned, it means that the contract is valid for this time and is renewed automatically.
      You should talk to MOL and read your contract online on MOL site.

  89. Hi deepak
    I want to ask . I am under ulimited contract and i work for more than one year now . I found a new offer which is better than my present job .. but its a same field of work .. the salary is 5000 .. is there any possibilities happen if i will go for it .

    1. Noemi,
      Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/jobs-in-uae-2/how-to-avoid-6-months-labour-ban-in-dubai-uae

  90. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    Good day Sir.

    I am an Engineer and I finished the limited contract for 2 years then renewed it under unlimited contract (now working for more than 6 months). I got an offer letter more than 12K from free zone company now my questions are;

    1. when i checked my contract via online it is mentioned limited but on the paper it is mentioned unlimited. which one will be the correct one?
    a. if i am unlimited & did not finished the contract will i get ban?
    b. if i am still limited will i still get the ban even though i am an engineer with more than 12K salary and
    will work in a freezone company?

    2. on the middle of my limited contract (let’s say my first year in the company) they let me sign with the attorney’s presence regarding that i cannot join in any competitive company within 2 years upon resigning. will i get ban if i break this? or get a civil case with them?


    1. Franco,
      1. I’d say, online systems are latest and hence they are correct. In free zone, labour ban does not apply. however, certain free zones may not issue visa if you have labour ban.
      2. Yes, this is considered as violation and your company may file case against you.

  91. Good day. Thanks for answering all the questions here.
    Hope i can get an advice from you. Because my previous employer is still holding my passport. days ago before the end of my grace period i followed up my passport when can i take from them. then they informed me that they will not give my passport unless i gave ticket going back to my home country. I tried to inform them that i have my ticket already but not going to my home country it’s in oman. and now i have finish my grace period and and will be facing penalty to the immigration for five days. But new visa ro my new employer is already in process we paid already the Labor fee 1556 and immigration fee the 3650. and now we are on the next step to immigration office.. they told the pro that i need to exit to be able to release my new visa since im inside the UAE. Is there any other way not to exit or take only Airport to airport?.
    and also my previous employer send me an sms that if i will not report to their office and not give a ticket going back to my home country they will make a file for me abscon. do they have the right to give me abscondy or do they have the right to send me to jail or deported me? and refuse to return my passport even if they cancelled me already?

    1. Daniel,
      The employer could insist on exiting. There is also an option to change status within UAE. However, depends on employer.
      If you are overstaying in UAE after the cancellation of visa, there is a possibility to impose absconding.

  92. Hi deepak,

    I’m on unlimited contract since 28 August 2014. Now I have received a termination letter on 07.08.2015 under the article 120. I didnot go for any vacation till date. Will I be entitled to any of my end time benefits. Thanks in advance

    1. Niz,
      No, under Article 120, you are not eligible for EOSB. However, ticket and unpaid leave must be settled.

  93. Deepak,

    I would ask if I will have a labour banned. This is my situation, I came here in Dubai on a visit visa then I started working on a certain company last July 12, 2015. They send me to Kish August 4 for exit then came back with an employment visa valid until October 30, 2015, but I have not signed any contract with the company. Now, 4 days after I arrived from Kish, a bad thing happened in the office, my boss hit me, I reported him to the police. I ask for the cancellation of my visa since I don’t want to go back to work with them. With my situation, will still have a 6 months banned in labour with fact that I did not signed any contract

    1. Realyne,
      I am not sure what kind of visa you are currently on or whether you have a labour approval!

  94. Dear Deepak,

    I have been working for a company over a year now on a unlimited contract…recently had an accident that caused me to take off for 12 sick leaves all approved by ministry of health attested… I am a sales engineer and had performed really well , however as of returning from my sick leaves n recovered … The company has been interrogating me on my performance n leave n why I haven’t followed up on my leave with clients etc… Following it shortly 2 days later of returning which I have received a final warning letter that I have not signed yet as all the details are false n not true n discuss behavior n performance n not complying with company policies… in short it’s all wrong n I have given them business of 16 million dhs n there is commissions owed to me over 63k dhs … I have never received any warnings or notices before but have found out this is a trend that they have pulled off before to avoid paying out n point towards section 120 of labour laws … Please advise what shall I do as now I’m being forced to sign which I cannot since its not true n puts ME in weak standing .

    1. Ronny,
      If you don’t agree to the accusations, do not sign on the letter.
      Take it directly to the MOL and you could file a complaint with them.

  95. hi Deepak

    In my Contract the word “Limited” has written but there is only “commencement date” but no end date (End date column is blank). And no specific duration has been mentioned in Contract. So I am confused that my contract is limited or unlimited. Please let me know.

      1. Hi Deepak,

        Thanks for replying. I checked my Contract online and it is same as “Limited” word has been written but only starting date has been mentioned, no end date( No specific duration has been mentioned in the contract). Should I consider it “Limited” or “Unlimited”?

  96. Hi Deepak,

    I hope you are fine. I find your posts very helpful. I need to ask your view on my problem. I already submitted my resignation today to my boss. In my letter i didn’t put any reason why i am resigning only that i thanked him for the opportunity to work in his company. Only that i am still on my 3 months period and i resigned because i am no longer happy working with my boss. I have few questions on this:
    1. He said that he will not accept my resignation nd that he wants to work with my problem in the office but i don’t really like to because i heard misbehaviors from him over some of his lady employees. Is that possible that he won’t accept it even if i don’t want to work with him anymore?
    2. I put in my letter that resignation effectivity will be this September for a month’s notice period. Is it possible that i will not go back in the office since in my offer letter there was no stated that i should render a months time to work?
    3. I sent him a letter and an email (company) for my resignation, will that be enough proof that i already sent him eventhough i don’t have my own personal copy? Is there a possibility of that he will deny that since i don’t want to go back to serve my 30 days notice period? Thanks so much in advance.

  97. Dear Deepak,
    I hope you are doing good. I wanted to ask something from you.

    I am currently working in a company for almost two years. My labour
    card has also expired on 8/July/2015. I have given my resignation
    to my company on 4/July/2015. My employment visa is still not cancelled
    by the company as I am currently in my one month notice period.

    I have an offer from another company as an accountant and my new employer
    asked for attested copies of my degree to file a visa for an accountant. I have
    send my degree to U.K for attestation because my university is in London.
    My question here is that my attested documents will come to me by 7/Aug/2015.
    My passport shows my visa expiry date of 11/Aug/2015. Do I need to exit U.A.E ?
    If yes than what will be the last date till I can live legally in U.A.E ?

    My new employer said that once he will file the visa the visa will come soon and I
    won’t be needing to exit U.A.E because he will pay 600 something Dirhams to the
    immigration and then I do not need to exit U.A.E.

    So can I live in U.A.E after 11 august and wait for my new visa
    here only without going back to my home country ?? Is it possible ??
    If not then do I have to pay fines for the number of days I will stay until my new visa will come ??

    Kindly please advice.
    Will wait for a response from your side.


    1. Mohammad,
      Exiting will depend whether your old company would allow you to stay back post cancellation of visa.
      However, you do have 30 days grace period once your visa is cancelled.
      If you exceed your grace period you will have to pay daily fees of 30 dirhams each.

  98. I am a computer hardware and network engineer level 2.
    I came to Dubai through my cousins reference, i got an offer for service engineer into gas detection i was ok with that as i was ready to learn this as a new challenge and as a new opportunity. Before i came here i was told that you will have to do your IT work some editing of pages and website designing, gas detection and B-B sales for your extra income (that was like okk cool with me if i get some extra income. Any person on earth would love some extra income so i agreed to that). When i got my visa copy through email i asked my boss why is it mentioned a sales executive? He replied that this is to get you in the country as visas are expensive to get, once you are here your visa will be changed to service engineer; so i agreed to it and came here.(i was unaware he was bluffing) when i came boss gave me a target of 30000 sales i did not realise from the begining that he has cheated me and brought me. First three months i was learning gas detection and going on site visits with my senior colleague in gas detection. my salary did not come on time.( used to come after 10-15 days) But i did not say anything. After that boss started telling me to do sales and when i said i wont do full time you had told me sales will be for your extra income he told me if you dont want to do sales you can leave the doors are open for you. Still i kept quite but my salary didnt come on time. A few days later the senior engineer left the company and the pressure built up on me for sales. Now the salary started to come in my account after 25days from the salary day. It will be 1 year on 15th August. I resigned my job on 26th july giving 1 month notice and on thursday i was shown the paper for my cancellation of visa and work permit and asked me to sign i signed that and when i asked when will be my last day they replied on sunday your visa will be cancelled you can go then. That means they are sending me before i give my notice what should i do?? What all should i ask for as my clearance. Will i get a compensation for not letting me completing 1 month notice? Will i get gratuity for 1 year? ( as boss is pushing me out before i complete 1 year so as to not give me gratuity) will they provide me the return ticket?( confused here as for your previous answers i understood that depends on the contract but my boss not given me that also to mecan you explain me who has to provide for return ticket?) And most of all will i get a 6months ban? As i have been cheated by my boss and in part even i fell for it but thats my unawareness and 1st time job in abroad country. Please advice me should i demand to let me complete my notice and ask for return ticket or ask for compensation for not letting me give notice period? And will i get gratuity??

    1. Adrian,
      if the are relieving you before your notice period, they should pay the notice period.
      If you finish 1 year, you will receive your gratuity which also includes notice period.
      SInce you have resigned, you may not be eligible for air ticket, however, leave balance should be encashed.

  99. Sir Deepak, Thanks for answering this questions. because my visa is already cancelled to the labour but my employer refuse to cancel my passport to immgration. and now my new employer wants to process my new visa. but the old company wants me to exit first to my home country and they will not give my passport. since i’m cancelled and facing bann but my new employer is willing to give me higher salary that can lifted my ban , what should i do? i will still exit? or can they process my visa inside in UAE? because i have only 8 days to stay here after laour cancellation of my previous employer. how to get a temporary working permit to immigration so that i can exit to the nearest one like oman.. there’s a temporary employment visa? which is better to proceed to labour visa or temporary employment visa?

    1. Dayana,
      I am confused here. You are saying visa is cancelled and again visa is not cancelled!
      Pleae look into your query.

  100. Dear Deepak,

    I was terminated by my company with reason of under performance in the job as assigned by me last july 13 2015. I already competed 8 months . I don’t know my offer letter is limited /unlimited contract and I don’t have any labour card. Please help me know my rights as in my termination letter it is stated that my last day at work is Aug 13. With 1 month notice period. They did’t shows in the termination letter that they what will pay and give compensation. I’m crazy as how can survive with this situation. And Once I will terminate from the company , when will I come back in UAE for job ? or Visit Visa ? Thank you ..

    1. Kumar,
      You should be handed with a termination letter.
      If the termination was arbitrary, then you could file a complaint with MOL.
      If you do not have a ban you could join another company and work.
      After cancellation, you could come to UAE anytime on visit/tourist visa.

      1. Dear Deepak,

        Thanks for ur Reply.

        I ready to agree my termination from the company decision because I am working as a Sales Executive and I am not achive my target.

        Now my question is : What will I expect from the company ? (Air Ticket,Salary ,etc)

        1. Dear Deepak,


          I was entered in the Abu Dhabi Air Port, and I am working in Abu Dhabi., Now I Terminate from the company.

          Can I go through Dubai Airport ?

        2. Kumar,
          If you are terminated as per Article 120, then you will o=not be eligible for air ticket, salary. But it all depends on your company policy.

  101. Dear deepak,

    I was terminated by my company without any reason last july 8 2015. I already competed 8 months .My offer letter is unlimited contract but in my labour contract it is stated limited. Please help me know my rights as in my termination letter it is stated that my last day at work is july 8. With 1 month notice period. They want me to sign my cancelltion but did not pay me yet as i am confused as they still want me to work until august 1 as notice period. They shows me that they will only pay my notice period and 15days leave.. Im crazy as how can survive with this situation. I smell something wrong with this company as ive been asking my labiur contract and still not giving me even a copy of it. Where to go from here please help me k ow my right in this regard.. Thank you ..

    1. Faith,
      You should go as per your labour contract: limited contract.
      After probation, you should be paid compensation for 3 months for terminating you+air ticket+leave salary.
      You could file a complaint with MOL.

  102. Hi sir. Im planning to go to Dubai as visit visa sponsor by my brother and find a job there. I would like to ask a help what contract is best? Limited or unlimited contract? Which is better to apply? In freezone area? What is the different between freezone area and not freezone area?

  103. Dear Deepak,

    I have been working on an unlimited contract from 17 July 2013. My visa expires with my current employer on 11/Aug/2015 but my labour card is expiring on 8/July/2015. I have given my resignation to my current employer
    on 4/July/2015. I have an offer letter from my new employer which I have already signed and I told my new employer that I will be joining the company from august that is after my one month notice period to my current employer.
    I wanted to ask that there is a labor or any kind of ban to me in my scenario ???? Because my new employer is asking for visa cancellation copy so that he can file my visa but my current company is saying that if they cancel my visa now I will have a six month labor ban. So what should I do ? Can you please help me in that.

    1. Mohammad,
      If you complete your contract as per terms, I don’t think there is labour ban.
      You need to talk MOL.

  104. Hello,
    I have a very big question i would like you to assist me with.i am currently under a freezone company and i want to move out to another company because i am been overworked 14 hours in a day,no breaks the whole day,so my question is if i want to move to a another company which is also under freezone visa,is there any ban or charges am going to pay them.i have worked for 9 months already and my probation period was for 3 months.

    1. John,
      IF it is within the same free zone, sometime, the the free zone authority does not allow transfers.
      You might have to consult first.
      If you are moving outside of free zone, then I don’t think there is any problem.

  105. Hi Deepak,

    My visa is unlimited and my designation is Computer Engineer as of now i completed one year in my contract. I am getting salary less than 4ooo from my current company. Now i got a offer from one company with a salary more than 7000. I informed my company regarding my new offer and ask them to release me. But they are not accepting to release me.

    Please advice me what to do in the situation. And how to get release from my current company.


    1. Mohamed,
      If your company refuses to release you after you have resigned, you could approach MOL and file your grievance!

  106. Mr deepak;

    pleaseplease advise me because my company is changing there agreement after they apply my employement visa but im working already for 1month under probisionary then when i ask the company regarding my rest day they said i dont have restday and cancel of is included in may basic salary and during interview also they said during training may duty time is 12hours then i agree but after 1month of trainging and after training will be 8 hours regular time but when i ask again now they said i agree with 12hours duty and 7days a week of work which is violating the agreement. .if i will ask for termination or i will resign does i have a labour ban?please advise me. .

  107. How should i know if my employer already cancelled my visa? ? if they don’t have a plan to informed me.can i chheck it through online?

  108. Hello sir,
    Can i ask some advice? i know you can help me. My noticed period already done this coming week since i already resigned last month. im under unlimited contract and finish my 1 1/2 year of continues service with them. Now they informed me that before leaving the company i need to compensate all the visa expenses and they will not give my passport unless they will accompany me going to airport. . and also they will file abscond against me.

    1. Keren,
      This is not acceptable from company’s side.
      Visa costs are to be borne by company and not employee.
      You could file a complaint with MOL in this regard.
      Yes, they can choose to give your passport at airport.
      They can not file absconding without proper reason and you actually absconding.

  109. Hi deepak hope you can help me please.
    I already sent my resignation to my employer last may 25 and end of my notice period is june 25. But till now im still working with them because we are waitung for my replacement and he will come this july 1 but the problem is amy employer told me that i still need to continue working while he didnt know yet all the files that i will be turn over. I already have an offer from other company that will be lifted my ban..i just mention in my resignation reasons for resigning is personal reasons necessitate..
    I told them that i will return to my home country but unexpectedly ifound a new job that offer me a higher salary double of my salary now. But my employer told me that i cant leave the pffice without his apprpval eventhough i already give noyice period. And he threaten me also that he will deport me to my home country and he will not cancel my visa unless i dont have ticket and he will block me also to UAE.. and if he found out that i work to other company they will file a case against me.. i am very afraud about it since they have a very close attorney here. . I am also afraid to have a complain because i dont want to make this up to the court coz i really feel stress.. what should i do?

    1. Bertud,
      These are all classic pressure tactics used by companies!!
      You must first cancel your visa and exit the country and request your new company to apply for required approvals.
      Your old employer has no way of knowing your new status and he/she needn’t.
      If there is such complaint, you must approach MOL and file complaint against your company about such behaviour.

  110. Dear deepak ,
    I work in abudhabi .my contract is unlimited my salary is 6000.my designation is engineer . Is any ban is applicable if I quit my job with one year service ? How to avoid ban .?

    Thanking for your advices

  111. Hello,
    I am working as a Civil Engineer, salary 8000/- per month
    My company given me notice of one month for termination of contract.
    I have completed 9 months in present job. Which compensation should I get? Also, can I join new company in UAE?


    1. Yogesh,
      Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/job-tips/what-is-an-unlimited-contract-employment-contract

  112. Dear Deepak,

    I just want to inquire my visa is from Abudhabi freezone from masdar city. Started from Dec. 2015 till up to date. My question is what benefits i will get if my employer wants to cancel my visa. Dou the busuness are not being started or closure.


  113. Mr Deepak,
    hi sir I just want to ask for clarification about my situation, I already finished two years working in my company and signed an extension of my contract for another 1 year.if I will be hired by the new company will I have a 6 months ban?

  114. hi,

    i’m under unlimited contract, i finished the first contract which is 2 years last 2013. So my company renewed it for 3 years until 2016. if i want to resign now, am i going to have ban? thanks

  115. Dear Deepak,,
    my contract is unlimited and company want to fire me with out any reason ??? so shall i eligible for 3 month salary in compensation or not???

      1. Hi Deepak

        Many thanks for useful information, I have a question regarding my situation with my employer.

        I have been asked to resign from my position which occupied over 1 year in Dubai and over 2 years in Saudi Arabia, adding up to over 3 years in total with same company.

        I am offered 3 months compensation as my contract is unlimited but I am trying to negotiate a settlement for the car which I bought when I came over. The company paid 10% towards the deposit and paid monthly instalments for over a year now. I am reasonable to ask for the payment towards the car settlement as I have to pay the car off myself after termination if company does not offer any payment towards it. Car is bought on my name.

        I appreciate your response in this request.



          1. Hi Deepak

            Many thanks for the update.

            With 3 months compensation pay, do I get the gratuity for 3 year service with the company.



  116. Sir, im under limited contract and my company wanted me to sign to unlimted which is not so good to me because im going to finish my contract after 6 more months.

    Theres a lot of my coulleagues were terminated after they signed fron limited to unlimited,

    And theres a lot of my coulleagues also were forced to signed resignation letter,

    If i will not sign that resignation letter and if they will terminate me under limited or unlimited do i will get labour ban? And can i get NOC from the company?

    1. Men,
      You have a choice not to sign the change in contract.
      It is better for you now to be on Limited Contract as the company will have to pay compensation if they terminate the contract.
      NOC will depend on the company.

  117. Hi. I just want to ask, i am working as a school nurse for 3 mos. Now and my probationary period is 6 mos. I signed for unlimited contract. If i resign, will i get ban? How can i lift the ban? Thanks.

  118. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    I am under an unlimited contract and I have filed my resignation effective next month after 6 months of service to my current employer. I was hired by a recruitment agency in my home country and a lot of information wasn’t disclosed to me prior my departure to UAE.

    Upon arrival, I was left with no choice but to stay until I have saved enough money to resign. There were a lot of issues with the company e.g., I wasn’t informed that we have to work almost 14 hours daily, only one day off (I was informed a few days only before my departure), and most especially, my boss was making me uncomfortable – making unprofessional or sexual remarks, and such. For fear that my boss would make it difficult for me to resign and would make ways for me to make the final days of my employment a challenge, I told him I wanted to resign because I wanted to go back to my home country. Only after I told him this reason did he accept my resignation.

    Now, I would like to ask if ever he has the right to file an absconding case against me if I don’t go back to my home country (as opposed to what I told him). I will not disclose this information to him and will just let him think that I’m going back home so he will not bother me anymore (I will shoulder all my expenses including my ticket back home or exit to UAE if possible). I am also planning to ask for a quit claim agreement mentioning that I am free and cleared from all financial obligations with the company. After my current employer cancels my Visa, does he still have the right to meddle/interfere about my plans after my resignation and cancellation? Thank you in advance

    1. Maria,
      Absconding case is filed only when the employer is unable to reach the employee or has lost contact.
      Once the visa and labour card are cancelled, the employer has no right to file any absconding case.

  119. Hello sir please am in an unlimited contract my six month is running now and I was not given any labour card by my company and am preparing to change my job my salary is 1000AED after given a month notice is there going to be ban or not.

    1. Mustapha,
      From what you have explained, there seems to be a labour ban on you if you do not complete your contract.

  120. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    I just wanted to know to be sure if I finish two years to unlimited contract, am i right to send a notice not to renew, if the company want me to continue am i have a right to refuse it?

    and i just wanted to know if i can get all my benefits like gratuity.

    Thank you.

    1. Bien,
      You will resign prior to completing the contract and as per the agreed notice period.
      You have the choice whether to continue or not.
      For gratuity, submit here: http://emiratesdiary.com/gratuity-calculator

  121. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    One of my cousin got job opportunity in one company. and he supposed to resign from his present company. he completed his 3 years visa ( means 2+ 1). so any ban will come on his visa(unlimited contract) if he resign from his job and want to join with new company?

  122. i am pharmacist in rak.with unlimited contract and completed one year now.is there any labour ban if the company want to cancell my visa.
    is there any labour ban if iam leaving the company

  123. Sir I have completed 6 month in my recent company the name is Al dhafra restaurant now I got the chance to work in 5 star hotel as it is free zone. I resign from my company will I get banned and also I have graduation in same field tourism and hospitality management.

  124. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    I am working already for 1 month as Receptionist in my current company and had the unlimited contract signed yesterday. I need to know what will happen if I will resign since I have a better offer from the other company as Telemarketer. Will I face a labour ban since I am still on my probitionary period? Do I need to pay for the visa expenses even if it not mention in the contract?

    My employer asks for my Bachelor’s degree certificate to process my visa; will the applicable salary for my next job is AED 12,000 to be able to lift the ban? or will it depend if the offered salary is higher than the current salary as well as the job position?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Celle,
      Yes, you will face a labour ban as your contract is done. By contract do you mean labour contract?
      To avoid labour ban, you will need 12K salary with Bachelor’s degree in the new offer.

  125. Good Day. base from i have read in the news paper if you ‘re under unlimited contract if you finish your continues service to the company you will not get any ban. is that true? Sir i will just ask an advice about this, because i’m under unlimited contract and i will complete my one year this june 23, and base from what i have read i need to give first my one month notice before leaving the company, i just want to know if it’s possible to give an advance notice period this coming may 23 and the effective day will be june 25 so that it will be exactly 1 year. what if they cancel it immediately while i’m on notice period?thanks. hope you can help me

  126. sir, I have completed two years as office boy under an Unlimited contract. now I want to change my employer.
    will I face for Ban or not, If NOT please tell me how.

    [email protected]

  127. Mr. deepak, i just want to ask about my situation. Im under unlimited contract and will completed my one year this june. But in past few months me and my employer are always arguing and lots of misunderstandings. . then they have decided to terminate me,but the problem is they are forcing me to sign for a resignation which is i didn’t resign. If i will resign and sign the resignation letter should i have a ban? or what if they will provide me termination letter can i get ban?

    1. Joshua,
      You should not be forced to resign! ban is automatic.
      Yes, termination may also get ban. But you could request MOL to waive that!

  128. Friend,

    I am under unlimited contract and I already want to resign. I have been working in the company for 6 months now. I am a Certified Public Accountant and my current position is Junior Accountant. I have better offers from other companies and I want to grab a better opportunity.

    Please help me. What action shall I consider and what are the consequences if I resign now.

    Thank you very much!

    1. John,

  129. Dear sir. I am vinod patil. I had been working since last tow year in ——————— as fireman. My contract period was tow year visa tetaus unlimited, I have been completed my contract period. But now company is saying you will not get the ticket you have to purchase by self, than what I do sir. kindly I need your help

    1. Vinod,
      Provision of air ticket is company policy and not mentioned in Labour Law. It is a facility not a right!

  130. Mr. Deepak

    I am working in a multi-national company in Dubai. In my Dubai visa it’s written Manager but internally, my official designation in the company is Supervisor.

    When they revised the Visa (I was asked to sign an amendment contract in which I managed to have a photocopy).

    My question is, can I use the Manager title while applying for another job outside? My fear is that, the Employment Certificate my current employer will issue Supervisor not Manager. I am afraid that maybe the hiring company will question the reliability of my declaration.

    Can you help me please. Should I declare Manager or Supervisor?



    1. Anonymous,
      You should mention the designation that the company provides you internally and not on visa.

  131. Hello Mr Deepak, Please answer my question.
    I’m under Unlimited contract ,i been working for their company for one year this month, if i will resign to their company next month,can i get a ban or they can give me a ban or labour ban?

    1. Frances,
      Yes, you will have a labour ban.
      To avoid ban, read: http://emiratesdiary.com/jobs-in-uae-2/how-to-avoid-6-months-labour-ban-in-dubai-uae

        1. Frances,
          Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/jobs-in-uae-2/how-to-avoid-6-months-labour-ban-in-dubai-uae

      1. i just want to confirm if it’s true or not, yesterday we went to a typing center and ask about the unlimited and limited contract. they told us that if you are unlimited contract you will not get any ban if you finish your one year to your employer. and you won’t get a labour ban also. is it true or not?Thanks much

        1. Ligaya,
          No sure about the context under which you spoke to the typing centre.

          1. typing center that issue/pay for emirates ID/Medical request.

            i just want to confirm if it’s true or not, yesterday we went to a typing center and ask about the unlimited and limited contract. they told us that if you are unlimited contract you will not get any ban if you finish your one year to your employer. and you won’t get a labour ban also. is it true or not?Thanks much

  132. Hi, I am on husband’s visa. I joined a company on January Month 2015. My probation period is 6 months. My job is target based and I have been best performer since Jan. I am getting opportunity from other Company. So if I resign in March Month so will I be banned?

    1. Preet,
      Yes, you could leave the job but there may be a labour ban if you have a labour approval.
      Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/jobs-in-uae-2/how-to-avoid-6-months-labour-ban-in-dubai-uae

  133. i was from freezone visa for 2yrs and they transfer me into unlimited and now i already 1year in this unlimited in same companybasically i am already 3years in same company.if i want to resign do i have a ban for 6months?

  134. Sir how can i know if the company is processing visa to me,since they did not give me offer letter and they are the who told me to exit and wait for my working visa,but im still waiting more than one month already?

  135. Hi Deepak,

    Question, I am on an unlimited contract under and LLC company, and we have agreed to both parties to terminate my contract. What’s the procedure if we both agree in terminating the contract? am i required to still stay a month in the company. And will, i get a ban if the contract was terminated by both parties? If ever how can i lift my ban,? do i need NOC’s or what? HOPE YOU COULD HELP ME. THANK YOU!

  136. Hi, My contract is Un limited and i completed 6 months and 10 days. If i resign now, will i have ban? i got offer more than 5000? pls comment on this,
    what can be done

    1. Naju,
      Yes, there will be automatic ban.
      Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/uae-tips/types-bans-uae

      1. ok. What can be done now, i can work in the new company? since salary is more than 5000? I am on husband visa

          1. same situation. If I got NOC from current employer that he doesn’t mind. I will also have ban from government?

  137. i want to resign to my present job i’m already 1 year and one month here and i’m on Unlimited visa, do i have a ban for 6 months if i will not complete my two years? and base from the offer letter that i have sign before i need to pay all the visas expenses if i will not finish my contract, do i need to pay all the expenses though it is not on my contract?

  138. hi im on unlimited contract and under probation already working for more than 4 months, if my employer terminate me should i have a labor ban? and if i resign should i have labor ban also? please answer..

    1. Yoyo,
      Yes you will have automatic labour ban.
      Better to obtain NOC.
      Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/uae-tips/types-bans-uae

  139. Hi Mr. Deepak.

    Good day! I am in unlimited visa. been working in this company for 7 months already. I have decided to go home in my home country for good. I submitted a resignation letter with 30 days notice. I would like to ask do I need to pay for the visa expenses the company had for me? since they are asking me to pay for the Visa but its not written on the contract nor the offer letter. What could be the best action on this. I hope for a positive response. Thank you

      1. what should i say to them since they ask me to pay? what will happen if the employer did not provide me my salary for this month after they know that i am resigning?

        1. Employers can not hold salary. They have to settle it in the final settlement.

          1. one last question. i have already submitted my resignation letter however they did not sign it yet. written on my resignation letter is the 30 days notice with the effective date. What if the employer refuse my resignation? what should i do? I really appreciate all your response.

            1. You will have to come to agreement with your company.
              Companies can not refuse resignations.

          2. Dear Mr. Deepak,
            I am planning to resign in my current job in a labor company and I might be hired by a freezone company. Do I need to inform my employer that I will be transferring to a new company because he might not cancel my visa if he knew about it just like what he did to one of our staff who wished to resign

          3. They allow me now to resign however they informed me that they will not pay me on my 30 day notice. Help me with this please.

          4. As what they told me they wont pay for my 30 days notice since i cant pay for the visa expenses they had for me. I am not so sure if which side is correct as far as i know based on the dubai labour employee is required to pay the employer on its 30 days notice, but i dont know how to defend myself to them. Mr. Deepak i really need your help for this. Thank you so much for all your response

      2. Dear Mr. Deepak,

        I am planning to resign in my current job in a labor company and I might be hired by a freezone company. Do I need to inform my employer that I will be transferring to a new company because he might not cancel my visa if he knew about it just like what he did to one of our staff who wished to resign

        1. Anne,
          Yes you will have to inform the current company that you will resign and serve the notice period as per contract.
          It is always better to do this. Employers can not force employees to stick to their companies.

          1. But what if my employer will not process the cancellation of my visa? What shall I do from my end?

            1. Anne,
              You will have to approach MOL in case the company does not support your situation.

  140. Mr deepak
    if noc,termination letterand offer letter of new company is available.then what time we should apply to secure from ban on unlimited visa.
    i mean should we give above mention documents to p.r.o to submit with cancellation letter or wait for cancellation plus ban and then we should submit and wait for 1 week to check that ban is lifted or not.

  141. hi deepak,
    i am working as a safety officer i but my visa status is labour supervisor, unlimited visa,now we don’t have project and i spent only 8 months, so i have been terminated with termination letter,noc plus reason is mentioned that due to completion of major project we don’t have further requirement of labour supervisors.please guide me about 6 months ban how to lift.
    and i also got offer letter of new company.

    1. Shahzad,
      since you have an NOC from company, you will not face labour ban.

  142. Hi,

    I am currently working on unlimited contract with my employer, as my project work has been completed with client by 31-10-12, as i worked for 8 months for the company, will I be eligible for any benefits after cancellation of my visa and Will there be any ban as my employer himself cancelling the visa because of non availability of projects.

    Please reply as soon as possible.


    1. Aseef,
      Gratuity kicks in once you have completed 1 year of continuous service.

  143. Hi sir am working with limited company for 4 months now .we work for 12hours and the salary pay is too small 1000ad per month.I want to resign .plss I will like u to tell me if I resign we the company ban me or labour

    1. Kafayat,
      You may face ban automatically for 6 months.
      Read: http://emiratesdiary.com/jobs-in-uae-2/how-to-avoid-6-months-labour-ban-in-dubai-uae

  144. hello,
    i am local hire here in abu dhabi, my new company is unlimited visa,i am working for 2 months so yesterday i send a msg to my manager that i cant come to work because im not feeling well so shes send a message for me,she said dont bother me to come back to work until the further notice from HR decision on my status,i will be suspended until further notice; so what will be there punishment to me? if they are going to terminate me did i will having a Ban? or can i resign?

    1. Jojo,
      Under probation, employees can be dismissed with a day’s notice.
      Get NOC, if they have terminated you.

  145. I am in unlimited contract (labour contract) and at the same time, with a three years contract (second agreement with the Co.) I was allowed to take my annual vacation but received a call from my manager on day of my arrival to my home country informing me that he will have to let go me due to reduction in force and will only have one month when returned from vacation. Please advise what are my legal right in this case and what compensations should I receive?

  146. Hi Deepak,

    I have limited contract and have completed two years with my current employer but unfortunately i could not find any other job as i want to change it. So please explain if renew my contract with them and after few month change my job will there be any ban ???

  147. Hello.
    I have worked for a school 3 years. My contract was renewed this year and it is unlimited. On April many teachers were given two months notice about termination , we worked to the end of academic year and received gratuity ,but not everyone got compensation salary. I was told that is because my contract is unlimited. But it is stated in my contract papers that one month compensation salary must be paid. Considering that we all were fired for the same reason (not having bachelor in education) should only those with limited contract receive compensation salary?
    Best wishes.

  148. I am going to join unlimited contract visa for new company.after the joining if i change to other company within six month or 1 year i have 6 month ban,write?

  149. Hello Mr.Deepak M.

    Please Help me. I’m working with my company for 1 yr and 5 months, and i’m with unlimited contract. I want to transfer to a new job. I was able to read an article that if you are under with UNLIMITED CONTRACT and if you work for more than a year continuously with your company, and you want to resign provided that you completed the 30 days notice period, you will not have a Labour Ban, plus i asked my Manger if they will impose a ban on me they said they won’t give me a company ban. My worries are How true it is that if i worked for more than 1 year, i won’t have an automatic 6 months ban…

  150. hi sir im lalayn im unlimited visa i want to transfer to another work but i finesh my 1 year already could it be posible ill be ban or no if i transfer?

  151. i was working on unlimited contract march 2012 to mrrch 2014 at dubai base company
    and i ahve completed 2 year than i resign in that company and return to india. and i got one offer from unother company i accepted that offer when they went to apply for my visa they founfd that i m having 6 month ban .
    Please canyou clear this
    its urjent

      1. sir,i, working for 6 years and 6 month in company.and company terminate me in my job..I would like to ask if theres a ban for me beca for use i searching job right .I wanna to sure so that i will not wasting my time for seaching job.If theres a ban twhat would be the ban to me.And how be it will be remove.

  152. Dear Deepak,
    I am working on unlimited contract. I just wants to know few queries.
    1.how many years should I work in this company to change the job without ban?
    2.After getting any offer from another company what is the procedure to relieve from the old one?

    Thanks in advance…

    1. 1. you need to finish your visa to avoid ban
      2. you need to have cancellation from old company without having ban

  153. i would like to know the procedure on changing visa. i worked 9 years on the previous company with unlimited contract and now i got an offer to a new company on which is freezone. please advise as my daughter is under my sponsorship as well.

    1. You need to cancel your daughter visa first and when your new visa is stamped you can sponsor her again

  154. Dear Deepak:

    I have been working for the company for eight years. My labour contract for five years has been an unlimited contract and the last renewal it was changed to limited contract expiring next month. However my new renewal contract is unlimited but the start date of the contract is dated to 2012. When asked I was told that’s how its on the system. Can you advice if this is correct.

    1. It might have been changed during the change of contract terms unlimited to limited. Nothing to worry your gratuity should be calculated from the date of joining (the day you started to receive your salary).

  155. i am working for a company for least three year and if i don’t want to renew my contract ,company they are telling me that i will get ma gratuity 7 days per annum and and no air tickets also too go back home country any comment s plz let me know what i i can do

    1. if you resign before 3 years you are entitled to 7 days gratuity per annum. Since it is a resignation you have to shoulder your air ticket expenses

  156. Dear Deepak,
    I am on unlimited contract, as tax accounting clerk, and working for the company since sep-2013, totally irritated not satisfied with there accommodation, salary, working hours (there is a start time at 8 morning no end time sometime 9 at night depending on the owner’s will it could be 10 to 10:30) and friday also a half day only and no other holiday.
    I dont have a salary card even i dont know where is it goes and i just keep asking for salary like begging.
    i want to change my job is it possible? please be noted that i have a batter option.
    Please provided information that if i change,(What i have to do?) can i be slapped with 6 month ban? or what else.
    Will appreciate your help.

    1. If you are not receiving salary onn time you can address this issue to labour officer.
      If you resign now you may have the chances of getting an automatic labour ban

      1. Hi Sir,
        This Is Mohammed Zubair I Visit To Dubai For Hunt The The… Finally I Get The Job In Company…Could You Clear Shall I Exit To My Country or Pay Sum Amount To Exit Stamp ..The Company MD She Is Saying That Pay Sum Sort Of Money As Per Fee Procedure They Put Exit Stamp…Without Exit Is It Right Plz Confirm Me

        1. Mohammed,

  157. Dear Deepak:

    Article 120, clause 3 talks about an employee causing “substantial material loss to the employer”. How is it determined and by whom as to how much of a loss is “substantial material loss”?

    Thank you

    1. Means any material loss directly occurred by an employee to the company or employer. It depends. Sorry I may not be able to answer this question since it is not clear to me too. ‘Substantial’ is a very subjective word!!

      1. Hi, I’am under an unlimited contract, it’s been my second contract as I have already finished 2 years which is also unlimited. It’s basically my third year from the same company, I resigned and they will cancel my visa on November, 27 2014 and my temporary work permit on their sister company, do I have a ban of 6 months for that?

        Thank’s in advance!

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