Reader Mailbag: Labour Contract, Refusal of Termination, Notice period Etc

Labour Contract, Refusal of Termination, Notice period

Emails: 16-10-2013 to 20-10-2013

Question 1: I am employed under a labour contract of unlimited period, and I want to leave my present job. What should I do?

You should submit your written resignation letter. And should mention in it that you want to work for a period of one month only, and this one month period shall represent the notice period fixed in one month. Normally the notice period is one month in the case of unlimited contracts. But company can make it for three months’ notice period depending on the designation. So you should give notice as per your employment agreement.

Question 2: I have terminated the service of one labour employed with me under a labour contract of unlimited period; do I need to give him a notice of one month?

Yes, because, based on Article No. 117, Opens in a new tab.if the employer is desirous to terminate the service of any of his employees, he should do so in writing and should give him a notice of one month as per the law…except in case of termination pursuant to Article No.120.Opens in a new tab.

Question 3: I am employer under a labour contract of unlimited period and I receive my salary on per diem basis, how can I send a notice to my employer in case I have submitted my resignation?

The notice can be send by per diem labors as follow:

  • If the labor has worked for a period exceeding 6 months and less than one year, he should sent a notice of (one week) to his employer.
  • If the labor has worked for a period not less than one year, he should send a notice of (two weeks) to his employer.
  • If the labor has worked for a period not less than five year, he should send a notice of (one month) to his employer.

Question 4: If the employer or the worker refused to receive the termination or resignation letters, how can be proof the same?

Both parties should resort to the Labor Relation Department. As for the worker, he should continue in performing his duties in case he has submitted a complaint.

Question 5:  I have submitted my resignation letter to my employer, knowing that I am working under unlimited labour contract, the said one month notice to be calculated within the total service period?

As per the Article No 118 UAE Labour LawOpens in a new tab.– Yes, such period shall be calculated within the total service period provided that the worker has actually worked within the said period


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799 thoughts on “Reader Mailbag: Labour Contract, Refusal of Termination, Notice period Etc

  1. Hi. I have resigned from my previous company and got acknowledged by my immediate supervisor. My render period is over and clearance approved by all dept. But the owner wont sign and wants to talk to me. I dont know why but I think its unnecessary since I was able yo turnover everything plus he has 30days to do it but ignored. Does he has the right to this and give me a ban? I am on unlimited contract and completed 11 months including the notice period. Am I still entitled to gratuity pay or unused leave pay plus my notice period salary

  2. Hi!i worked at limited contract for almost 6years.I just renewed my visa in 1 month and i got a new job with an offer letter.,my question i need to pay my visa as i renewed and how much do i need to pay?and do i need to give 1 month notice prior to my resignation?please help me and i will wait for your responce.,thank you.

  3. hi sir good am ,

    i am working in a coffee shop company of sun city ventures,i apply from phil.
    i start to work at sept.12, 2014 and end of contract of sept.12,2016 2yrs contract here in.. after my contarct i didn’t take vacation i re-incashment my 60 day of vacation and air ticket and they give it to me, because i much need money that time ..
    and now i renew my contact for another 2years, i saw my visa renew of oct 10,2016 and valid until oct.10,2018…
    because they not paying may exceeding hours ( overtime) i’ve plan to look for another work with the better salary …
    do i have to pay my renew visa , and the one way air ticket that i re-incashment at my previous work …
    can you give me some advice what to do if i will go transfer to another company ???

  4. Respected Sir,
    I am mechanical engineer working in a company since 2014 march,my visa got expired and i dont have visa since the day of expiry.On october 8.2016, i have given my resignation by mail to my mechanical manager and project engineer.
    I had a requirement of salary increment or job resignation.
    1.No action was taken about the cancellation.on November 8.2016 i asked my engineer that no action has taken for my requirement or even about my job resignation which was last day of my notice period.They told they will increase 500 for which i denied and asked for cancellation.
    2.No 1 informed about official resignation letter to be received from HR til the last day of my notice period i.e., 9th.Nov.16.I still continued my duty till 19.Nov.16 and sent a mail to my HR and ENGINEER that i cannot continue my duty as i was seriously in bad condition of health.
    3.I gave my resignation letter on 22.Nov.16 which is approved and i got the update on 26th of Nov.
    4.they asked me to submit required reports after 2 days.
    5.when i submitted the reports they they need sign from my senior unless they cannot proceed.
    6.yesterday 6.12.16 i spoke to my senior and asked him he told ok he will sign and ask for further process.
    i dont know how long will it take for my cancellation and in between i have got a good offer from another company.

    To be informed that my medical is also done but there is no visa status or update.
    Now the thing is i have stopped my duty from 19.Nov.16 what will be the case .
    Can you tell me what are the possibilities and what time will it take for cancellation.
    and is there any penalty in my case or any salary deduction .

    Please give me the best solution to over come this situation.

  5. I am mechanical engineer working in a company since 2014 march,my visa got expired and i dont have visa since the day of expiry.On october 8.2016, i have given my resignation by mail to my mechanical manager and project engineer.
    I had a requirement of salary increment or job resignation.
    1.No action was taken about the cancellation.on November 8.2016 i asked my engineer that no action has taken for my requirement or even about my job resignation which was last day of my notice period.They told they will increase 500 for which i denied and asked for cancellation.
    2.No 1 informed about official resignation letter to be received from HR til the last day of my notice period i.e., 9th.Nov.16.I still continued my duty till 19.Nov.16 and sent a mail to my HR and ENGINEER that i cannot continue my duty as i was seriously in bad condition of health.
    3.I gave my resignation letter on 22.Nov.16 which is approved and i got the update on 26th of Nov.
    4.they asked me to submit required reports after 2 days.
    5.when i submitted the reports they they need sign from my senior unless they cannot proceed.
    6.yesterday 6.12.16 i spoke to my senior and asked him he told ok he will sign and ask for further process.
    i dont know how long will it take for my cancellation and in between i have got a good offer from another company.

    To be informed that my medical is also done but there is no visa status or update.
    Now the thing is i have stopped my duty from 19.Nov.16 what will be the case .
    Can you tell me what are the possibilities and what time will it take for cancellation.
    and is there any penalty in my case or any salary deduction .

    Please give me the best solution to over come this situation.

  6. good day sir deepak..I’m confusing..I was hired from Philippines.. I joined my company November 19,2014 and my labour card made November 19,2014, and expire November 18,2016 my first boss sold the company (star magic cleaning services)to second boss and change power house cleaning services) 2nd boss RUn the company almost one year and half..then the 3rd employer who runs again cus 2nd boss sold it..then 3rd boss start month of august onwards till now total of (4months)base on the start we dont have payslip..medical insurance and since from the start our salary delayed but when the 3rd employer start they give us salary from august not delayed it’s good now..but they give payslip only for the. month of september.where not mind that as we only follow our work rules when months run fast base of my labour permit (card )I inform 2months ago to my boss I will not renew my contract as cleaner..then I said I will submit my one month notice to inform formally to end my labour contract as it expiry..then after October came I submit it I indicate my non renewal letter effective November 19,2106 I stop my service..they agreed..upon agreement times come they sent my employment contract as follows January 04,2015, start and end of January 03,2016..after 19,my boss ask favor to stay more days then 22of November we wen labour we ask..but labour didn’t allow me to go legal advicer..different statement some labour personnel said oh they are new your permit is expire already 2years..they scan my employment contract and print he copy of my labour card..then I ask what about my employment he said all finish tell ur boss to cancel u..again we went again other teller just tell ur not finish u will not get benefits..then I explain nicely he go my point and in front of my boss I decide to finish but when he ask me again a 3rd favor to work again ang he will pay as over time I said I’m done..tell now he not cancel us he calculated my penalties oblige to pay (1,200aed)ic I will not pay he will file me a case in 120article..when I read that article I didn’t find any rules I violates..then now almost staff resign so there is tendency he wait other done before he cancel us?because he told us by batch cancellation..did he can file me a case?can I take my benefits?labour legal advicer told me if. cancellation not process this week go back labour and complain the labour for typical error of all my documents error after ask I advice if I have to pay my boss (he called breaching of contract )what my question is how I will tell nicely to labour about. this and there is possibility this 3rd boss the husband can role as manager ?while the owner is the wife who one the signature card?did the husband of the owner allowed to go our accommodation in night time to check us?alone?and its formal he ask me favor verbally but he told this outside the office ?and he is allowed to file me a case that in 3rt time he ask me favor I refused and I said Its done the 1,2nd favor I follow and I sent the agreement via email..thank pls help us…

  7. Hi
    I am right now working in dubai under limited contract. I have completed 16 months with my employer. I have 3 months notice period. I recently gave resignation and informed them that i will serve the 3 months notice period. Will there be a ban for me. Do i have to pay something to my employer.

  8. Hi im working at more than 2years and 6months. In my 2years they are oky but when i come back to them thier is already change 3months they not yet paid to me.and now i want to resign or to cansel my visa.what should i do or what i have to tell them so that they will scared of the

  9. Hi deepak
    I worked 1 year and seven months
    I resign my job to go home for personal problems.
    Now this one month notice period they are trying to create some problems
    Already finish 10 days remaining 20days if they make something to cut my gratuity and other benifits if they do so what action can I take?

  10. Dear Deepak,

    am working with company from last 8 years and coming Feb will be my 9 years with them. if i will resign should i pay some thing or they should pay me and what benefits i will get.

  11. I was terminated by my previous employer May 16, 2016, but they did not pay the number of days that I’ve worked from May 1 until May 15, 2016. I’ve been trying to communicate with them but they’re just ignoring the issue.
    Can I escalate this to Labour Department?

  12. Dear,
    I have completed the 9 years in same company and last years i was make the limited contract, and i was give the resign in last month 20.08.16 (After one years) and till our company not leveling me. So, please can you advice me the what action company will take and what i action will take.
    If company will put the ban can i removed.

  13. Dear mr. deepak, i am working for 4 years as unlimited contract if i renew my contract and resigned after 3 months? do i need to pay anything? am i entitled for a 4 yrs gratuity? do i have a ban?

    thank you very much i appreciate.

  14. Hi All,
    I am currently working for a Local Foreign Exchange since 26 April 2015 on a salary of 3200 and have unlimited labour contract, got an other offer of 5000 aed and want to resign by giving one month notice. What should be the best way to avoid hassles and if there would be any panelties?

  15. A soul that needs help
    I have worked in UAE for almost 1year(am making a year) oct 28/2016.i only discovered today that my visa hasnt been put on the face of my Passport. Please advice because am not so sure what might happen, now that am told that my sponsor isnt working?

  16. Hi Deepak,

    Hope you are fine.

    One of our manger resigned after completing two year and one month. He went to his native place one month back using his annual ticket. Apart from gratuity, is he eligible for return ticket again to his country?

  17. Hello good morning, I am a waitress in a limited company ( its a company which sends contractual manpower to different hotels). I finished already 1 yr and 3mos in the company and i found a job in a hotel. I just want to ask if i will still get a ban? And if i do can the hotel lift my ban? What do you think is the best solution? Becausue i really want to leave my current job. And my current employer is deducting us for visa fees.

  18. I am on an unlimited contract and my company have terminated it due to restructuring. They have given me one months notice but still owe me unpaid salary and I am concerned that there will be a delay in my final settlement.
    If I get a new job before they pat my final settlement is there a way I can start with a new employer?


  19. hi mr deepak,

    i hope you are great today.
    i think i need your advice. and ill be happy if i got a response from you sir.
    reading all the questions here really lead me feel that my case is nothing to compare among the trend.
    now im in a mid of a dispute with my employer
    i am working as a head florist in a flower shop with the same employer for more than two years and my unlimited contract had been renewed a few weeks ago and now i want to make a decision of leaving my job.
    the thing is my boss and i had signed and agreed in a contract for giving me the full management of the business in condition to pay him such amount, fix amount in monthly basis . the contract covered 9 months. the first month is fine wherein i made to cover all the contract stated even nothing was left for me as if i work for nothing and he is the only one who earned. then the worst come the next 3 months really a bad business covering the ramadan time which really a dead business season and ended me negative in terms of my payable to him as per contract between us but yet i still manage to pay all the expenses and rent for the shop but not all the stated amount in the contract that we have.. and now he is considering those balances as my depth to him.. without considering that the first and the 3 other months has give me nothing…
    what i want to ask for advice is that if i can withdraw our contract and if i pursue my resignation is there a possibility that he would forced me to pay all the balances..
    would the ministry of labor consider our contract valid if i seek help from them?

    by the way i had written already some of my complaints againts 0 him in case i would file a case to MOL like – that sometime in my employment to him i worked alone 12-14 hours everyday in a 2 months period which i never received any extra or overtime pay, i never received any of holiday pay thus i have to work more time because its our peak season, i never received annual leave payment for the period of 2 years even after i just finish a contract and some other things which i believed are out of labor law.

    pls do me a favor by hearing from you. thanks and GODBLESS U.

  20. hi my labour card is finished on 28th of august and i have mail the hr on 4th september that dont renew my contract and they are telling they will not pay the settelment amount and telling me to sign the cancellation paper they are telling that you should have mailed us before the labor card is over and my visa is till 4th of november
    in this case what shall i do i have worked in this company for 4 years

  21. Good day! I am seeking for your legal advise regarding my frequent situation. I worked as a home care nurse in a home care facility and I’m on my unlimited contract, my employer also let me signed another contract, they called it “internal contract”, I was shocked because it opposes the mol contract, it is said that if you resign you will pay 15,000 aed. My employer also have my passport, I already consulted it to MOL they said ” internal contract” is not valid, when I am on my 2 months I already passed a resignation letter and work until my one month notice done, still my employer insisted me to pay 15,000 aed because he said I am the one who is breaching the internal contract and my employer said that he will file a case to me in federal court. What shall I do?

  22. Dear sirs,

    Please check my case.

    I’m working in a real estate company for 4 months still Probation period. I have sent my resignation letter to my employer and he refused it as he said I’m under investigation. I got salary 1k and he is not letting me work and do my duties so I opened case in MOL but should I keep coming to office and sit without doing anything because he is not letting me work and do deals to get paid
    Many thanks

  23. Dear sir
    IAm manikanta present working in QBG limited contract without completed the contract period resigned the job electrical maintenace designation electrician tell me Labour law

  24. dear sir deepak,
    i am a terminated employee because of low performance from dunia finance. I was hired and started working on october 4, 2015 and was terminated on june 6, 2016… My question is.. am i entitled for one month salary? i am not yet cancel up to this time..what other benefits i should get since my branch manager ask mo to resign that time but i told him that i will not, but he told me that there is only one option left and that is termination.. i said i will not resign, and he push thru on terminating me.

  25. One person took some money from me in feb 2016 ,till now not given and when I am asking he is telling whitin half& hour amount will be credit in your account

    Please suggest what I have to do

  26. I am employed under a labour contract of limited period, and i just worked 6 months. I want to leave my present job. Is there any ban for me. What should I do?

  27. Well i am Muhammad i was working with limited contract of two years i just worked 4 months and my company terminated me kindly tell me is there any Ban will be give or how many month of salary i am expecting to get from

    Thank you.

  28. Dear Deepak,

    Im on a limited contract for two year and just finished 7 months. I would like to resign and look for a better paying job. I’m an accountant and has a degree. My present company is asking me to pay for the visa expenses since I am not finishing the contract. Should I really need to pay?

  29. I am working in sales under unlimited visa. now my contract had expired on 9th may 2016, and ,my residence visa expires on 23rd june 2016, i was on duty till 15th of june even after my contract expired, now i dont wish to renew my visa as my salary where not paid on time and not paid in full,also i dont thing they have any intention of renewing my visa , so my question is do i have to continue working. as i have not submitted any resignation letter.

  30. Hi, I want to resign on my company, buy I am afraid that they will charged me in my Visa processing, I am almost 9 months .. do you have any suggestions?

    1. It will depend if you have limited or unlimited contract. As per unlimited contract, no matter the circumstances of leaving employment,the employee is not liable for any of the employer’s costs. This is per ministerial order 52 of 1989, Article 6. No penalties on unlimited contract. I’m not sure about limited contract.

      Hope this helps.

  31. Dear Sir,

    I worked with a company under an unlimited contract for the 5 years. Now the company terminated me and had asked me to serve one month notice period which I already served. Now I have filed a complain alrady at MOL. They have brought unfilled time sheet for the notice period month and claiming that I didn’t serve the notice period and I don’t have the time sheets how can I prove to court that Ii have worked and served the notice period. kindly advise.

  32. I have two yes contract with my company and I have one month left to finish with my contact, and I don’t want to renew. am going back to my country, what do I do?

  33. Dear Sir

    I was working with one FMCG company for 2 years and 6 months ( unlimited cont) and i have given resignation on 10/04/2016 with one month notice period but company asked me to work till 25/05/2016 which i agreed but still they have not given me any final settlemet or not cancelled my visa also please tell what is the rules, when i should get all


  34. Dear Sir

    I was working with one FMCG company for 2 years and 6 months ( unlimited cont) and i have given resignation on 10/04/2016 with one month notice period but company asked me to work till 25/05/2016 which i agreed but still they have not given me any final settlemet or not cancelled my visa also please tell what is the rules, when i should get my final settelement and my cancellation


  35. Hi Sir,

    I have worked for a pvt company for 2 and half months from jan 12th, 2015 to march 24th 2015. Actually probation period is for 6 months. I signed a bond for 3 years but due to health problems i resigned my job. And now they sent me a legal notice to pay 1 lakh amount after 1 year 3 months. And two surity signs also given. In probation period, am i liable to pay the amount? Will the company take any serious action if not paying 1 lakh amount. Please help me.

  36. Hi Sir,

    I have worked for a pvt company for 2 and half months from jan 12th, 2015 to march 24th 2015. Actually probation period is for 6 months. I signed a bond for 3 years but due to health problems i resigned my job. And now they sent me a legal notice to pay 1 lakh amount after 1 year 3 months. In probation period, am i liable to pay the amount? Please help me.

  37. Hi,

    I am on a unlimited contract, i finished my 3yrs and 6 months in the company and now company has terminated me as of no business in the market and gave me 2 months notice period. Regards this, lets say the 2 months notice period ends on 30 april. So can i get May and june month salary with my graduity from the company. As company is terminating me?

  38. Dear Deepak

    Presently I am working in an education institute as a archives clerk.I have resigned my job.I am in probation.But by employer is asking me to pay 45 days salary.I am ready to serve 45 days notice period without salary,but the employer is saying that he needs just money no need of notice period.What should I do,kindly advice me

  39. I’m currently working under unlimited contract and I have been here for 7mos. My employer promised me to have a commission after 2mos of being here but until now, I haven’t receive a single centavo as commission plus my job designation does not only limit to the one they said before. I’m working as a designer but they’re asking me to do everything even lifting of boxes in our office. Now I want to resign and go back home instead. I want to know if I’m going to pay anything from my employer and how much would that be? Please help me. Thank you.

  40. I started a new job on the 24 Dec 2015 it had a 3 month

    probationary period.They gave me warning notice on 10 jan

    2106 about my performance. and told me on next day that you

    can go to home because this time we don’t have project so

    you can go to home when we will get project that time we

    will call you again. They gave me my salary 24 dec to 31

    dec till . and told me this month salary we send you next

    month 10 fab . please suggest me, how to get my this month

    salary and advance one month salary as policy in

    probationary period.

  41. my labour of contract is done .. i dont want to renew it.. do i need to have a 90days notice ?? or 1 month?

  42. Hello Deepak I am working in Dubai under a limited 2 year contract. My contract expires on March 3rd 2016 but my visa expires on April 04th 2016, which one should i care about ? I want to leave this job without facing any penalties or ban. Please tell me what to do.

    Thank you for your time
    Waqas Khan

  43. Hi Deepak,

    In my current employer i am earning 5000AED per month but in my labor contract its only 4500AED. Now i got a job offer 8000AED monthly and i want to resign immediately (10 days notice period) and my new employer wants me to start by January 2nd week. Will i have a labor ban?

  44. Dear Sir

    I am working in a company as Quantity Surveyor. I have attested Civil Engineering Certificate. My salary in current company is AED 15,000 per month and I am in an unlimited contract. I joined the company on January 2015. I got a better offer from another company and hence submitted my resignation on 16 November 2015 to start my one month notice period. Till date, company did not arranged any replacement for me.

    when I send my resignation, HR did not officially received it. Therefore, I send the scanned copy of same through email and had followed up the status of the same through emails. However, no response was received from their end.

    Today I got a call from my HR manager saying that they cannot accept my resignation and I will have to serve another one month as notice period. I told them to give me an official notification of the same stating my last working day. They refused to give any such letter. Finally they told me that if I don’t agree then go to court and fight.

    I request you to advise what I should do in such case. My new company is not ready to wait further. If I go to court, will it take long to get a verdict. Since HR is not negotiable, what are the possibilities to get rid of such situation.

    Kindly advise.


  45. Dear Deepak,

    i am doing job in Aluminium industries last One Year as a Production Clerck in under unlimited contract. .my qualification is B.COM here the problem is Salary not on time so I want to change my Job is it possible can i save my self from labour ban.


  46. Dear Deepak,

    I have completed my 2 year contract with my company and the work cancellation permit I received has a quote on it saying “do not issue work permit until 6 months from cancellation” or something like it. I asked our company PRO but he says don’t mind it and when I ask our HR she says she doesn’t know anything. Please get back to me as I do not know if I should sign it or not. I’ve read a lot about companies tricking their employees regarding this matter and, honestly, the company I work for did it already to some of their employees.

    Thanks and best Regards.

  47. Dear Deepak,

    I have completed my 2 year contract this November 2015 and my company is forcing me to sign a work cancellation form that says “no work permit to be issued 6 months after cancellation” and I asked the pro to explain it to me as everythong in the document is in arabic, he said I shoukd just ignore it and I do not have ban. I’m wary because these people like to screw their employees whenever they can. Is the pro right in that I shouldn’t worry? Or should I escalate this into labor? I can send you photo of the quote in the cancel permit if you need it. Hoping for your reply and help.

  48. i heard that we can change current company after finsing 6month after 2016 is it true or not

  49. Hi. I have been employed on a limited contract of 2 years. And due to emergency I had went to home town for 2 months. Now the company called me up as I had no intension to work,I came back n gave resignation of one month n it’s gonna be complete. But the company shows that as I was on two months unpaid leave. My gratiuty cannot be calculated Wat is the best advice.

  50. Sir, I have following question If you can reply it will be great help for me.

    I have join company on May 2014 which was basically me and my friend company but under his mother name and I joined as an employee with limited contract 2 years in Dubai. We worked as a partner but now due to bad market I plan to search a job and already find it. Now please guide me so I will not get any labour banned my 2yrs still not completed. My new job also in dubai

    1) If company give me NOC/Release letter should I change my visa without getting any labour ban? if yes what will be the procedure and does it will effect to company like any bad impression in immigration?
    2) Can I hold my wife visa to pay aed5000…. also my current salary will be only aed5500…… and desgination shipping coordinator…………. also pls advise the procedure
    3) I can amend labor contract from limited to unlimited? so I will not get any labor banned before canceling?

    Please advise thank you in advance

  51. Hello. I am working in a company under unlimited contract for 1 year and 10 months. The company is facing some financial difficulties and with that salary comes delayed all the time. It is NOT an an issue for me either. They told me that they want to terminate me. I asked them to give me official termination letter. 2 weeks passed and they are not giving any. What happens now, they are discreetly telling to other staff that they do not need my services. Somehow, they wanted me to resign because one of the partners telling that why should i not look for another job or they can help me to find another. It’s so pathetic, they are not giving me any task, I just sit in the office without doing anything. Shall I demand for a termination letter or shall I resign? I am not resigning because in 2 months I am finishing my contract.

    Thank you for any support you may extend to me.

  52. I have a lot of question in mind right now, First I want to know because I already give resignation letter to my employer that I am working until the end of this month. They give me offer letter last June 15, 2015 and I started working August 8, 2015 as Sales Promoter and then when my performance is not good working in that position they move me in Office as Receptionist. Now I already decided that I want to quit and go back in Philippines. What do they need to pay for me? Can I take my 1month paid leave if ever? or just only my salary for the month of November?

  53. Sir if daily 13 hours work 2months without weekly off its in uae rule.i paid my visa amount and medical amount also so i dont like to work here i informed my boss he asked resingation letter without date mention i gave that yesterday only

  54. Sir i came uae 31july and i join my restuarent duty my salary is 1200 but after 3 monts i got a 800 salory only

  55. Hai sir I was hired as a store keeper in a company but from very first day work as site supervisor. I have to perform 3 month as probation period now I have completed 6month I want to resigned from job. Should I have to face labour Ban or should company can charged me visa fee. I am commerce graduate Plz help me..

  56. 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

  57. hi sir, I just want to ask when is the right date to pass a letter of non-renewal? because my contract will be finish this december but im not sure what is the exact date because I have an UNLIMITED CONTRACT, it says that I need to pass a non-renewal 1 month before the end of your service but again as i have said it is UNLIMITED. no definite date. I can only see the date that the contract was made, contract signed and my visa date? my problem is in which date should I base my 1 month notice? would it be on the day the contract was made? or contract was signed? or in my visa end period?

  58. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    How are you.

    I dont want to renew my 2 contract at the company and I started my work of the 27th of december 2013 and want to end it of the 31st of december 2015. But my labor contract was applied of march 2014 after my 3 months probation.

    “If i give 1 month notice this november 2015 for non renewal letter which says that I completed two according the “start date of work” will it be ok and get my 2-way ticket”

    I have proof of salary which starts my pay january 2014 and offer letter with date of january 2, 2014 – saying 2 year contract and 2-way ticket.

    Thank you in advance…

  59. Hi sir my salary has never come on the right date .I have worked with my company for 1 year 9 months ad my vacation is on February 20 and before I get my salary I must have called my head office in dubai for a week to presurise them so that they can send my salary and they keep on telling if I continue asking my salary they will terminate me my salary is always pending and every month I must have querrel with my sales man or HR before I get my salary it’s remaining me three month for my vacation and my company is about closing down so am a little scared about this and I found a new job already and I want to resign from the company .what I want to know if it’s I will ha e a band or What can I do please help me thanks









  61. Hi sir iam affan i am working in al tayer today i give them resign i also want to go my home country early beacause my mother is in serious condition in resignation letter i write that urgent visa cancelation my supervisor is telling me if you need urgent cancelation you have to pay one month salary

  62. Hi Deepak,
    I am working in private company llc, my joining date on this company is 19-Sep-2015. Now due to some issue maybe company will terminate me, i don’t get my emirates id yet. if company terminated me, so it they give me one month time to find another job? or can i get a new job after previous company terminated me? and if i can go to my country after termination and i will come after six months to visit visa and find jobs in dubai. so is there any thing on my previous record that some company terminated me etc!

  63. hello sir,

    i’m waseem i came dubai on employment visa through the agent
    my company giving me very less salary and also not providing me transportation. they are giving very poor accommodation which is a labor camp basically i can not live that kind of place
    i don’t want to work for them my visa is not stamped on my passport. Can i go back to india without cancellation of my visa?
    i did not sign any kind of contract with my company so i just want to know can i go to india or not without cancellation?
    if i can not go so how can i do ?
    my manager is saying i have to pay visa cost then i can go to india.
    i’m a graduate person if i will exit from uae i will get ban or not?
    please help me


  64. Hi good day to you

    I am now working at mcdonalds
    my salary is 1200 aed
    and its ot enough for me

    I just want to switch into other company with a good salary offer 350p

    And now im currently work for 5months. can i resign to my present company since i am under probation? And beside i am a degree holder. And do you think my present employer can give me ban?

  65. Hi Deepak,

    I’m currently working as office manager on unlimited contract. however, when my boss hired me, i supposed to join his newly set up company. while waiting for all the processing for his new company trade license, he applied for me a visa under his father’s business, but now, he informed me that he will no longer have this new company. He asked me to look for new job but i am only on my 5th month with them and I’m afraid to get a labor ban from it. Can you please advise me on what to do.
    Thank you so much!

  66. Mr. Deepak,

    I have been terminated last Sept. 2, my cancellation was done last 11th of October..
    Since ai don’t plan to work here in dubai anymore, I asked for my passport..
    Suppossedly, I should have my ticket since I am cancelled right?

    When I asked the HR about my passport, gratuity and ticket, they told me that I need to give them a new visa from new employer or exit ticket in order for me to get my passport and gratuity..

    And since I was cancelled last 11th of Oct., do I have to worry about my new visa or should I leave dxb before 11th of Sept?

    Is this true?
    Please respond..

  67. Hi Deepak,

    I’m working for a LLC company under unlimited contract since October 2013 and my residence visa will expire on 4th Nov, 2015.

    I resigned dated 15th October, 2015 giving a notice period of 30 days as needed and they have acknowledged my resignation.

    Could you please advise on my queries below:

    1. Should I continue going office after my visa expiry (i.e. 4th Nov). Note: 30days notice period completes on 14th Nov.

    2. What in case they do not cancel my visa after notice period? (Concern, since management is not co-operative and might delay the process inspite accepting the resignation)

    3. My basic salary was AED 3500+1500 allowance which was later incremented to a total of 8000. However, the same was not officially documented. But salary of 8000 is paid under WPS through bank. What would be the salary considered towards gratuity calculations in this case?

    4. I’m entitled to 30days annual leave, amounting to 60days in 2 years. However I have availed 15 days and balance 45 days is still due. Should I be paid for the unused leaves?

    Thanks and appreciate your response.

  68. Dear sir,

    I am currrently employed in a restaurant for 10 months now under an unlimited contract. But the thing is I haven’t sign any contract yet and I want to quit the job. I signed only the offer letter. Is it possible that my employer may require payments from me when I resign considering that there was no indications that I have to in the offer letter?

  69. I have a big problem and its killing me both sides i dont know what to do.
    I am a Hardware and networking engineer by profession i got an offer but the boss spoke to me and told me if you are ready to learn a new thing GAS DETECTION i have a job for you, you can do your IT work for our company and learn the gas detection thing and do sales for your extra income. In this way he tricked me at first and he said he will let me in the country on sales visa and later change to service engineers visabut he didnt do that. I didnt realize he cheated me there; thought may be it must be the way to get in. This is my first job abroad so i had no idea if this was ok or not so i came here on sales visa paying my own ticket and company didnt reimburse me for that as i didnt know that it was to be taken from the company back. I came to know everything after i cancelled my papers. I singed on the contract which is limited with the offer letter mentioning something different and contract stating something different but the salary amount same as 2500 dhirams. This also i realized when i left the job. I was forced to do sales and my salary depended on sales. My employer would tell me if you cant do sales you wont get your salary.
    I used to get my sslary also late but used to get it every month but instead of 5th or 7th it would come on d 22nd or 25th of the month(Sept salary would come on Oct 22nd or 25th 1 and half month it took everymonth the same thing). I worked for 1 year in total from 16th Aug 2014-19th Aug 2015 with my notice period included after my resignation on the 26th of july. During my 1 months notice period they took my signature on the cancellation papers and didnt pay my dues; i was unaware of that even, that the dues had to be taken before i signed the cancellation. I dint get my 2months salary and my leave salary which i am entitled for as my dues also my ticket money which i came to Dubai and commenced job with. My employer told me if u book your ticket for returning back to home country and show me i will give your salary of 2months only nothing else so i booked my ticket for 1st Sept 2015 and when i heard that hes not giving me the money and he told he will give at the airport my uncle told me hes not going to give you anything at the airport only your passport and tell you to leave so i kept my ticket open. And gave a complaint in the labour dept. on 8th of August 2015 as i came to know that my employer has bluffed me tricked me and taken my signature on the cancellation papers. I didnt get any call or message from the labour dept. Till i went there and they updated the list of complaints. Then i got a call on 29th of Aug 2015 and the lady conferenced me and the Admin of my company and she heard both sides and told you will have to get an appointment and i waited for it. Finally i got an appointment on the 22nd of October and when i reached therei saw my company’s owner for the first time along with the admin. i figured out that the lady telling me that it is my mistake to sign on the cancellation of visa papers your mistake that you stayed in the country without visa after cancellation and your mistake you are asking for your salary as your have to pay to the company 45days compensation.
    I got another appointment for 28th tough dont know why. But what should i do?what should i expect?

    Now my question is will i get justice from the labour dept.?
    Will i get my ticket money of coming to Dubai from India as i have cancelled my contract and visa?
    Also i booked my ticket theranted by my employer and then kept it open to get the complaint be given will i get the money for the ticket i booked to go back?(employer told me he will pay my dues at the airport if he wouldnt pay i would have had to go empty handed so i cancelled my return tickect to India)
    Will i have to pay 45 days compensation to my employer?? As i have given a months notice after resignation??
    Will i have to pay the fine for 2 months as the appointment came in late and i was waiting for justice so long?
    My passport is with the employer and also he has taken my emirates ID card.
    I am unemployed till date after cancellation and dont have money with me to survive i dont know how i am surving staying hungry and thirsty and all because my employer has cheated me. Will i get justice from labour dept. Or should i go some where more for help? Lik immigration or police or Indiam embassy for help??

  70. Dear Sir,

    I am currently working as a private duty nurse in a limited contract of 2 years. I am planning to resign after 1 yr and 7 months plus the 1 month notice period. will i get a ban? how many months? I’m confused about the 6 month and 1 year ban. and is there a chance for me to get a NOC? please help

  71. Dear Mr. Deepak

    I am Manoj, working as a Graphic Designer in a LLC printing press (Dubai) from last 1.10 years. Soon my visa going to end. Please help me to beware the process of the resignation. 1). I am working as a Graphic Designer but on the ‘unlimited contract’, the designation mentioned as ‘Computer Operator’. So how many month before I should give the letter for Notice Period & Resignation? (Since now there is only one graphic designer, by verbally I told to them on 6 month back that please appoint a designer because I am not renewing my visa. They Didn’t. Now I am worried about that the last moment they will make any issues). 2). Please give an Idea about the allowances, leave salary etc. There is any flight ticket allowance when they cancel the visa?

    Please help me.

    1. Dear Mr.Deepak,

      I am on a limited contract. I finished 2 year and 8 months in my current company. Now I need to resign from the company and back to home with one month notice period.
      Sir My question is,

      1) Is I need to pay any expense for visa and other things?
      2) Is there any chance to hold me the company after the notice period?
      3) Can I get all the settlement?
      4) Is there any chance to face labor ban?
      5) Is I need to pay 45 days salary?

  72. Dear Mr. Deepak

    I am Manoj, working as a Graphic Designer in a LLC printing press from last 1.10 years. Soon my visa going to end. Please help me to beware the process of the resignation. 1). I am working as a Graphic Designer but on the ‘unlimited contract’, the designation mentioned as ‘Computer Operator’. So how many month before I should give the letter for Notice Period & Resignation? (Since now there is only one graphic designer, by verbally I told to them on 6 month back that please appoint a designer because I am not renewing my visa. They Didn’t. Now I am worried about that the last moment they will make any issues). 2). Please give an Idea about the allowances, leave salary etc. There is any flight ticket allowance when they cancel the visa?

    Please help me.

  73. Sir, I worked as a teacher 2 years in a school suddenly due to my health issues I cant work properly due to my health condition. So I explained my situation to my principal and requested for a break ,,, since am handling senior classes she said she can’t give me a break ,, so she only told me to put a paper immediately so on the same day I did it. Now they said August salary is paid to u and we will not give ur gratuity and u need to pay extra 1500dhirams to school. What should I do now? pls help

  74. sir,
    i want to resign my job in dubai, im a graphic designer, they give me whole job, no time to sleep, i can’t do this job, I’m new here I didn’t get my Emirates id yet, but i got my visa in my passport, what should i do for my resignation nd cancellation my visa, pls help me..

    1. Anzz,
      You could resign any time. It is your decision. But beware of labour ban.

  75. Hi admin,
    I work in Dubai as a cleaner for the period of 6months now,am not ok with the job, I proceed for another job due to myprofession,I’m a diploma holder in banking and finance, now I secure a job as sales executive with a better salary, if I give my company a resignation letter, will they allow me to go,and do I need to face any ban.
    Please reply me thanks.

    1. Rasheed,

  76. Hi Deepak

    I was reading all the questions being throned to you and I find it so helpful specially on my present situation. I am under a limited contract with Rak Investment Authority FZ and fortunately got an offer which is a better money compare to my present job. I just would like to ask if it’s possible not to render the whole 30 days notice period? Should the company issue violations about this action?

  77. I was accused of something i didnt do. I asked the management to do an investigation regarding the matter but they refused and instead pin pointed me. I finished my medical last august 2015. Then, last sept 21, the management gave me a letter stating that they will not renew my contract. My last working day was on the 29th of september. Is this a proper procedure as per the uae law? Thanks.

    1. Etong,
      Does not look proper to me.
      If you feel that your rights are violated, you could file a complaint with MOL.
      There needs to be proper proof of any incidents.

  78. Sir,
    i am on a unlimited contract with my company i have completed 8 years of service in this company,now that i have resigned from my company i wanted to know i had given 30days notice but the company refused as they have a 45days notice,now i have accepted the 45days notice and have already finished 22days ,now suddenly the company has started putting lots of pressure and even threatened me to get me accused in a false case if i dont do any extra hours as per the companys 54hrs a week policy, i approached the H.R. DIRECTOR of my company and told him about the same he assured me protection but that needs to be seen my question to you is can the terminate me in a false case and what should i do ..pls help

    1. Arun,
      You should communicate this to the HR Director in writing and let him take up the matters.
      Accusing in false case will prove costly for the company as the AUthorities here do not accept such behaviour.

  79. Dear Deepak
    I got an employee offer from a company and they have recently issues a pink employee visa for me but I have not yet finished my blood test yet , my contract is 2 years contract , in my job offer (signed by me) probationary period is mentioned as 6 months but it is said I have no right to leave the company within two year of tenure, unless with written notice (No Objection Letter) from the manager of the company.
    I got my pink visa 2 months ago ,Now I have decided to leave the company for a better offer (12K+ salary). considering I am under probationary period ,
    1. Do I need to submit the 30 days leave notice ?
    2. Am I liable to pay the penalty fee (45 days of my salary) ?
    3. can company ban me from work ?

    1. Rami,
      1. Notice period is must.
      2. After 2016, there is no ban on graduates and professionals.
      3. When??
      Read: From January 2016, labour ban may not be applicable to you:
      Read New Labour Law:

      1. Boss, Thank you for your valuable time.
        But it is not yet 2106 , my offer is valid for one week and I need to resign immediately.

  80. Hi sir,
    I am a nurse and I recently transferred to a new facility. They are now processing my license but it’s taking so long for me to get my new license resulting to the expiration of my visa. Now I have to exit and return back with visit visa. They also asked me to start working after I signed the offer letter but not the contract. There is still no contract signed.

    P.s. They told me to get a visit visa so that I can continue my work with them. The fees for the exit process and visit visa were all shouldered by me. They said it cannot be reimbursed.

    Can I still apply to another hospital?

    1. Gen,
      If your labour approval is not yet applied, you could apply with other companies.
      Working on visit visa is illegal.

  81. Dear,
    I already gave my resignation to my boss for 1 month notice. but he refuse to accept my letter. I have worked for 8months without labour contract. He was not able to give the salary he offer for me. He just said wait until 3months. then after 3months still the same. I wait 6months then he refuse to give me the salary he offer. so after 8months. i am resigning because i need to look for a higher salary than can support me and my family. sir what is the best thing to do so i can leave my company because he just said i will be banned in uae if he cancel me.

    1. Angel,
      You should first of all file a complaint with MOL.
      However, since you do not have labour contract, it is illegal to work.
      Do you have residence visa?? How are you staying with visa?

      1. Dear Sir,

        I already file the complaint because of working without contract. I only have employment visa and emirates ID. When I checked my record online I have Pre-approval work permit and it was already expired last march 22, 2015 and have penalty. As for now my employer accept my resignation and he wants me to withdraw my complaint. And I ask him that if he will cancel me i am not the one who will be charged for the penalty. my question for now is when can he cancel me? what is the procedure for cancellation? because I have the offer to work in freezone.

  82. Hi

    I am writing this behalf of my company.

    Company terminated one sales employee (unlimited contract) after n number of warnings who doesnt performing well and doing lots of mistakes or financial losses. When company given him a termination letter he booked a case against the company in MOL and company setteled everything as per law and now few days back company PRO given his passport at the Airport after the Boarding pass He did not cross the emigration and came back which we came to know when PRO went to collect exit paper from emigration found he has not left the country please let us knwo what action company can take because he is illegal in UAE now since 31/08/2015. please advice


  83. Dear,
    I already gave my resignation to my boss for 1 month notice. but he refuse to accept my letter. I have worked for 8months without labour contract. He was not able to give the salary he offer for me. He just said wait until 3months. then after 3months still the same. I wait 6months then he refuse to give me the salary he offer. so after 8months. i am resigning because i need to look for a higher salary than can support me and my family. sir what is the best thing to do so i can leave my company?

    1. Angel,
      If you feel your rights are violated, you could file a complaint with MOL.

  84. Good day…

    Sir I really need ur advice..
    I’m working in my company under labor which is under unlimited contract,my labor visa started last oct13,2013 nd will expire this 12 of this month of oct,I told them that I don’t want to renew when they ask me if I will,I just want to go back to my country…

    They want me to renew my contract,they said if I really don’t want,they will not allow me to leave as long as I can’t find someone who will take over my job..

    I’m finished with my 2 yrs contract,is it my responsibility to find someone who will take over my job before I can leave?

    I don’t want also sir to extend even for a week after this 12 of Oct which my visa will be finish already,is it OK if I will not work anymore after that day,nd I will wait only till the day of my flight?

  85. Dear I am working in a bank on third partyI(agency) visa on an unlimited contracte & i am competing 9 month, i have resigned dated 01st October 2015 with 30 days notice period mentioning 30th oct 2015 my last working day on a physical paper & my TL & SM accepted the & signed & stamped but yesterday when they forwarded the same to head of department he is saying i’ll not accept the resignation & will terminate me, they have done same to other guys before as well. Sending the termination email to agency with whom i am having visa with & i have informed & sent an email to my agency as well regarding my resignation & notice.
    Plz suggest:-
    Can they still terminate me because i dont want termination, i want to properly serve notice & properly resign?
    What can i do?

  86. Good day Sir/Ma’am!

    I just want to know if we all have the same 6 months probationary period? is it okay for me to resign, because i am still in the 5th month of probation, i want to go back in my country and i have a valid reason. is that okay? I just want to clarify these things…
    Thank you very much

  87. I already submitted my resignation notice to my employer via online (scan). because I was not able to meet him personally as he was based on the other emirates but my PRO is living together with me in the same accommodation. My employer accept my resignation. But they did not reply to my email. they just inform my PRO about. Do I need proof that I sent him my resignation just in case they insist that I don’t pass a notice. or should I get a return paper or anything? just to proof that i send my 1 month notice. thanks

    1. Narry,
      you need to get official reply from employer on acceptance on resignation.

  88. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I’m in limited contract (2yrs), started 30/06/2014 and I went on 30 days vacation in July and returned, working again from Sep onward. as per contract Total 4000.00 AED (Basic 2500+ Accommodation 1500). I paid monthly salary each months.
    my contract not mentioned any notice period.

    We made terms when I joined you July 2014. I demanded you for 6000.00 AED monthly salary and bonus in projects. As company situation was not in good position financially employer explained. We made deal, with basic monthly total salary 4000.00 AED, and 1000.00 AED bonus in each 5000.00 AED made on net profit over 35000.00 AED, which Involved. We both work together last 14 months with patients, I didn’t demand any bonus on small projects or jobs I done.
    But I waited, and last projects given very good profit, and credited to company account August end, I remind you from 2015 September, about my bonus. But now you saying, it’s not possible.

    So request him, for three options,
    1. You keep me in employment until expired, with paying last project bonus and for pay me future project as well as same terms.
    2. If you can’t continue give me bonus agreed terms, pay this remain bonus and release me from employment contract within two months.
    3. If you can’t give this remain bonus at all, please release me immediately from contract

    How you advice, I really want to leave if not worth. because I can make 10000.00 monthly and bonus in so many companies in UAE. even some investors request me for partnership to develop the business.

    Thank You

    1. Kumar,
      The decision is up to you as it is confusing me.
      If it helps your career, take risks!

  89. i am working in DMCC for less then one year . and i want to resign . as part my limited contract the notice period is 3 month . i am able to stay only one month . in this case what should i do ? is there any low about this situation ?

  90. Dear Mr. Deepak.

    I am employed under a unlimited contract and was employed last June 2014. I have seen a new job opportunity that gave me greater benefits. I have submitted a resignation letter 2 weeks ago with a notice period. After few weeks I received a reply from our HR department stating that they are omitting my resignation letter and for me to finish the contract a have signed with them before they can let me go. Kindly advise me what are my rights or is it my right to resign? What should I do in order for me to get our of my current company?

    Hope to hear from you at the soonest.


    1. Josef,
      Your employer can not stop you from resigning.
      You could file a complaint with MOL about this.

    2. Hi Deepak,

      I received a reply from my employer stating that they don’t accept my resignation. As I was breaching the contract and sudden omission from service they will give me an corresponding disciplinary action towards me. In addition I have called the MoL today and asked for an advise. Unfortunately and unexpected they told me that I will have 1 year ban as I signed a limited contract even my new company is a free zone company.

      Can you give me an advise what will be my next right step if any???


      1. Josef,
        IF you resign from limited contract, as MOL said, you will have 1 year ban.
        You can not even join free zone company i think so.

  91. Hi i hire one emplyee through some 1 refrence he told me that he is graduate from high school but when i give him visa and when he came for work so he doesnt know anything and he didnt even go to school and cant even write his name and now after 6 month he s telling me to increase my salary but he dont even have any thing that we can increase his salary so what can i do with him trough law plz any idea can some1 explain me what can i do if i want to cancel him so do i need to pay him anything? Or not

    1. Arman,
      You could terminate him under Article 120 of UAE Labour Law as providing false information.

  92. Hi,
    I have joined a school on 1st september 2015. Still not signed the contract and got a better oppertunity in one nursery. I m living on husband visa. I have a masters degree and the new salary will b around 6k.
    Will there be any ban or restrictions on me for changing job before signing any contract.

    1. Sara,
      If labour approval has not been applied, you will not have labour ban.
      Otherwise, yes.

  93. Dear, Mr.Deepak :
    I am working in a concern for last 11 months completed from the date of joining with an unlimited contract now i got a job offer doubled the salary with a semingovt company and i mentioned all my detailed circumstances in the resignation letter attached the offer letter too but i still didnt receive any acknowledgement from the company as the days of 5 passed where my letter for 1month as a notification. What shall i do now please as my clock started ticking too short where the present company contract says as a Heavy bus driver with 8 hrs duty and excess time of working would be calculated as O.T. but in my condition the o.t what company paid is only two to three months after they changed the division and rest of the months till today i was paid for my basic + other allowance when i claim calling them for my o.t there is no proper response and in this case i could not stress myself to not become a patient so i started searchin a job and i got it now they started showing the other face of the role and more over my daily working hours was 13 to 14 hrs a day plz help me

      1. sir, I am working under unlimited contract under labour visa, I worked for almost a year. Most of us resigned because the company said that we are closing so better finf a new job, so in short iwas able to get one, I render my notice period of one month, and during my exit inerview, the hr said that they will hold my salary which i worked from aug. 15 to sept. 15 plus this october for my one month notice period. they said that it was there procedure but it was not written to the hr handbook that they gave. Is it legal to hold the salary which i worked for before i gave my resignation? i can understand if they hold the salary which i work for during notice period but to hold the salary that i work before i resigned, i believe is not right. pls help.

  94. Dear Deepak,

    I’m currently working on a LIMITED CONTRACT for 1 year now. I’m going to resign the company this October.

    1. Do we need to pay the company for terminating the contract?
    2. during our render period are we paid?
    3. Are we applicable to get gratuity pay even serving for 1 year?
    4. If I resign and did not render exact date but management approved is it applicable if both parties agree?

  95. Hello mr deepak

    I woul like to ask something about notice period 1st of all im unlimited i served 2 yrs ang 8 months but i render my notice 1 month but my question is theres a posible for the company to stop for 15 days which is i have still 15 days left and theyre reason is the company is no longer needed my service and they will not pay my 15 days left and for my side im free to go right after 15 days from my 1 month notice or they should give an approval or something to proof that they are the who stop me to finish my 1 month notice which is entitled for me to finish it what shall i do mr deepak???

  96. Dear Deepak,
    I’m currently employed by a company and just finished 4 months of duty. As per contract the probation period is 6 moths.
    Due to some circumstances I want to resign and apply for another job in UAE.
    I’m holding two passports of different countries. One passport contains a UAE visa, another is clean.
    It is not clear in the labor law if I get a ban on one passport, can I still get employed using other passport.
    will the ban still apply to me if I exit UAE with one passport and return using another passport?

    1. Igor,
      If you are banned on one passport, then you may not be able to apply with other passport.
      Labour ban is not on passports, but on the person.
      Your identity will be known through emirates id.

  97. Hi Mr. Deepak,
    I am an accountant & my contract is unlimited and have completed 4 years in present company. One month before labour card expiry, I have already requested employer in writing not to renew my labour card & visa and employer also agreed… One month notice period already completed but employer still not releasing me and delaying without reason.. Visa already expired on 20-09-2015. Kindly advise me what to do.

  98. Hello,

    Incase I sign a offer letter from a company and leave for home to wait for employment visa. In the meantime if I get a better offer or if I decide not to work in UAE, do I still face a ban or can I pay up for the visa expense and move on since I haven’t joined and labour contract isn’t signed yet.


    1. is the new offer in UAE?
      If yes, you will face ban in case your labour approval was processed.
      You need to inform the employer of your situation that you are not interested to join for them to cancel the process.

  99. im working in a clinic for 8 months now and i want to cancel it to transfer for the new clinic. Aside from 1 month notice period what else my responsibility and liability to my old company? how to lift the ban i have since it is less than a year?

    Thank you

  100. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    I find your post and answers very helpful, yet I still need to clarify my own situation. Please help me straighten out this issue. Here are some facts:

    * I am currently in my first job here in UAE
    * I have Unlimited Contract in a Dubai Visa (the one that is not freezone)
    * I have started to work for the company on MARCH 15, and it is stated as well in my contract (which is technically the offer letter)
    * My Residence visa is issued on MAY 26 (I have worked for the company for more than 2 months under Visit Visa)
    * I have 6-month probation period
    * Termination of employment from either party under probation requires only 1 week notice, and it is stated as well in my contract (which is technically the offer letter)
    * Two month notice must be given should the employee decide to terminate employment after completing the probationary period
    * I am planning to resign before my probation period ends

    My questions are:
    1. When is the official start of my probation? MARCH 15 or MAY 26?
    2. If I am able to resign under the probation period, do I still need to pay anything to my employer? (e.g. Visa fees or 1 full month pay as stated in Labor Law)
    3. If I am not able to resign under the probation period, which notice period should I follow, the one in the labor law (30 days) or the one in the contract (offer letter) which is 2 months?

    Thank you very much, and I hope to hear from you soon.

    1. Maria,
      1. The day you started working officially and not on visit visa!.
      2. No, unless it is mentioned in your contract.
      3. As per the contract, under probation, you will serve 7 days as mentioned by you.

  101. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    I am working for 3 months in a cleaning company in Dubai as a reception clerk. Now, I want to resign because they’re making me do outdoor marketing. They only told me about marketing when I am already working for them. They’re also deducting 200 as visa retention and said that they will give it back to me as soon as I resign. They are also holding my passport and dont want to give it back to me.

    Also, before they hire me, they took 1000 dirhams to me and saying this will be the processing fee of the agency for my visa because a diploma and TOR is needed before the visa can be processed. But I talked to someone and he said that diploma and TOR are not needed for reception clerk.

    I also confirmed today that I am working under Unlimited agreement. Because before, I was asking them to let me see my labor contract but they didn’t allow me. It says here that the basic is 1000, accommodation is 1000 and transportation is 500.

    Here are my questions:
    1. If I resign, do I need to pay the company? How much?
    2. Are diploma and TOR needed to apply as reception clerk?
    3. I finished bachelor’s degree, how can I lift a ban?

    I am hoping for your response ASAP as I am planning to resign on 1st of October.
    Thank you spo much and more power!!!

      1. hi sir can i ask if you already inform the to leave in company beacuse of the salary is not coming every month and they are asking for resignation letter is it needed for cancellation sir?
        thank you.

  102. Hello Mr. Deepack,

    I currently employed under a 2 yrs LIMITED term contract, already served for 1 yr 10 months, and planning to leave right by the end of the contract period.

    ***should i give the employer a notice about not renewing my contract? (i prefer not to, if not mandatory by the law)

    on my paid leaves balance i have around 10 unused days.

    *** is it possible to use these days in the last month of the contract (whether i give a notice or not) (of course this pends on the approval of the employer) ?
    i.e. does the law state any information about this matter?

  103. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    1 year ban are imposed at the request of an employer, right?

    Isn’t immigration ban only for those with criminal offense? I do not have any criminal offense so I don’t think I’ll be having that. Can my husband apply for my spouse with given that I’ll be having MOL ban for 6 months?

    Thank you

    1. Alpha,
      Not necessarily.If you have MOL 6 month labour ban, your husband can apply for your residence visa.

  104. Dear deepak,
    When I have email confirming company will not provide over time. Can I use this to resign this job under limited contract, which was not ended one year. Can I submit at the court.

    Also they forcefully hold the passport can I use it against the company at courts.
    Thanks narayan

  105. Hello deepak. I am working in abudhabi for the last one year and 5 months. I am having an unlimited contract. Now i got an offer from a free zone. Now i am advised to resign as soon as possible. But my company refused to accept my resignation. So i contacted mol and they told me to send the resign through fax. And i do so. Is there any chance of getting cancel. Thanks in advance.

  106. Sir I have given resign after 7 months and they were askingme and I have informed them it is not leagl.noe they are asking me that sign on cancellation then we will give u settlement plz tell me what I have to do

  107. Hi Mr Deepak,
    I ‘am employed under a immigration visa. As per my contract it says that 2 years (24 months)my last day of work will be on 22nd October 2015 and my boss doesn’t want to accept my resignation as what they want me to give a 2 months notice and i obey i gave after that i also gave a 1 month notice but still they dont want to accept it. And as per my visa it will expire on 06.11.2016. So My question is, should I resign after the date mentioned on the contract or after the date mentioned on my visa and also they are telling me that im the one who should pay for my air ticket going back to my home country.
    Appreciate your quick response and action.

    1. Mel,
      Your visa validity will decide your notice period as this is immigration level approval.
      No, you are not eligible for return ticket from company if you resign. However, you should be paid the normal airticket that you are eligible.

      1. Dear Deepak,

        my company now is telling me that they cannot release me on my last day and forcing me to extend until january 2016. can i go to the labour for my rights?

        Appreciate your quick response and action.

        thank you very much.

  108. I am having a limited contract. I have been with the company for 10 months. I have resigned with immediate effectivity. They have sent a confirmation that I need not to pay 45 days salary penalty. Can they hold my

    Also, how much ban am I going get? How can it be lifted. Please note after cancellation of current visa my husband will be processing my docs for spouse visa. Can I still work in uae?


    1. Alpha,
      You may receive 1 year ban.
      No, since you will have MOL level ban, you may not be able to work or get labour approval. If it is immigration level ban, you will not be able to get UAE Residence visa.

  109. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    I am having a problem with my employer/company.
    I am a bachelor’s degree graduate with attestation but on my visa they put on my designation
    as ” loading and unloading worker “.
    I am still new with my job under a LIMITED Contract, I’ve been working for almost 7 months in a Cargo Company.
    I got my first job here in Dubai, they give me a basic salary of 1500+350 accommodation.
    They promise me to raise my salary after 3 months then they will give me a permanent position
    and on my contract i will work 8 hrs a day. But what is happening to me right now is very disappointing,
    none of their promises fulfilled until now.They are giving me lot of works like encoding or processing
    all shipments until i finish everything, My duty starts 1pm in the afternoon and i will work
    up-to 11 o’clock or 12 o’clock at night up-to i finish everything, i can’t refuse to finish all the works
    cause it will be a big problem on the company if i don’t make all the manifest and send all the shipments.
    Everyday i’m doing this i will work for 11-12 hours a day and they are not paying for my overtime also. Please help me. Please answer my questions..

    1.If I resign from my current job will there be a labour ban on me?

    2.If i won’t follow them or make complains on to them? if they will terminate me do i get ban?

    3.Can I apply for another Job?

    4.What is best thing i can do?

    5.Do i have the right to resign?

    Thank You!

    1. Rj,
      1. Yes, under limited contract, you could face up to a year ban.
      2. Yes, they could terminate you. Read:
      3. WIth labour ban, you may not be able to get another approval.
      4. You will need to complete your contract.
      5. Yes, you can resign. But will face ban.

      1. Mr. Deepak,

        Instead of 8hrs written on my contract duty only, my employer want’s me to do all the jobs up to 11hrs to 12hrs everyday. without paying my overtime.

        Even my employer is not following what is written on my contract?
        I don’t have the right to complain or leave on this company? and if I do that, i will be facing a ban?
        Is that what you mean Mr. Deepak?

        Thank you for time Mr. Deepak, i really need your help, i don’t really want my company anymore they are abusing me. I want to resign and get another job. I don’t know what to do. Please help Mr. Deepak.

        1. RJ,
          you have all the rights to complain if you feel that your rights are being violated.
          If you resign without completing your contract, you may face labour ban.

  110. Dear Deepak,

    I have been working in my current employer for 1 year now. I have a unlimited visa. I have found a new company which is Free zone. My current employer wants me to serve 3 months. There is no policy of notice period on my LABOUR CONTRACT, the problem is there is this rule in the EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT. How do you interpret this
    “After the successful completion of your probationary period you may terminate by providing at least three months’ notice in writing to the company. The Company shall provide you with not less than one month notice to terminate”.

    Will I face a ban if I leave on the last day of my notice period? My free zone employer require the copy of cancellation from labour in which will not be possible since my current employer want me to stay for 3 months instead of 1 month.

    thank you,

    1. Anthony,
      I think it is clear that you must serve the 3 month notice period as in the employment contract.

  111. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    Good morning!

    I have a problem,
    since 20July 2015 I started working in the company as Marketing specialist at Dubai with unlimited employment contract with 6 months probation period but I am not at all comfortable to work here so I informed to my boss that i want go back please cancel and give back my passport,
    Then he is asking me 10000 AED to give back my passport with cancelation, I am on my probation period and completed 2 months only still 4 months remaining …

    I don’t Know What to do
    please help me
    thank you

    1. Shijoy,
      You do not have to pay anythig to the company if it is not written in the contract.
      You could file a complaint with MOL for this.

      1. hi, this is my first time in dubai i signed a contract for three years and i’m already three months working in the company which is under 6months probation, I am not happy with my company because it’s not my field of work and i’m a bachelor degree holder. I would like to resign this october or november, do I nedd to pay any visa expenses or other penalty. I’m planning to go back home to my home country.

  112. Hi Deepak,

    Right now im working here in UAE for 1 month already. I signed 2 years contract. Now, i want to resign but my employer is asking me 4000 dirhams and i will be having 1 year ban and they are telling me i cannot enter UAE for 1 year. Is that true? Im not satisfied with my work right now. Im planning to look for another job. Can you please explain to me if its true that i cannot enter UAE for 1 year if i resign without completing my contract? Thank you!

  113. Hi Deepak,

    i have already tendered my 30 days notice period to my previous company under Unlimited Contract. however my employer still holding me and telling me that I’ve not properly handed over all my responsibilities to the company (knowing he hired already someone for my replacement). i have filed already my complain to MOL (already a week now) and i was advised not to do anything, i should wait util MOL calls. despite all of these my employer still saying that that my departure from the company still not as per the UAE Labor law. I am wondering does my employer still have right to hold me/my cancellation even I’m done with the said notice period?

    Please may i have your reliable advise.


      1. Hi Deepak,

        Thanks for your prompt reply, appreciate that.

        Myself as well don’t understand why he’s doing that, thats why i came up to you to ask this, though MOL advised me the same about my rights in this concern.


  114. Hi Deepak,

    i have already tendered my 30 days notice period to my previous company under Unlimited Contract. however my employer still holding me and telling me that I’ve not properly handed over all my responsibilities to the company (knowing he hired already someone for my replacement). i have filed already my complain to MOL (already a week now), despite all of these my employer still saying that that my departure from the company still not as per the UAE Labor law and i was advise not to do anything. I am wondering does my employer still have right to hold me/my cancellation even I’m done with the said notice period?

    Please may i have your reliable advise.


  115. Hii. Im currently working here in UAE for one month. My employer said if i will resign i will get one year ban here in UAE and i am not allowed to enter here for one year. How true is that? Please i need answer. Im not satisfied with my work right now and im planning to resign and look for another work. Thank you!

  116. Hi good afternoon.

    I am under unlimited contract working in a private company. 1 year and 8 months to be exact. I accepted a job offer from a new company which is free zone. I submitted my resignation to my boss with 1 month/30 days notice but he is not allowing me to resign or they are asking me to extend. But my new company is only willing to wait for me after my 30 days notice period. Do they have the right to refuse my resignation even i followed the mandatory 30 days notice as per the labour law? I did not sign any documents regarding this. I have no job offer when i started. I only signed the labour contract but there is no information regarding resignation. I really want to leave and move to the new company. What should i do? Please help. Thanks.

    1. Ann,
      COmpany has no right to stop employees from resigning.
      There is nothing specific written in labor law.

      1. can I tender my 24 hour resignation? is that possible in the UAE law?do they have rights to stop me or extend me on these?

  117. Hi Mr Deepak, im seeking for an answer.
    I am employed under a labour contract of limited. My plan is to finish my contract and not to be renewed. As per my contract it says that “The duration of this agreement shall be LIMITED as from 15/12/2013 to 14/12/2015. And as per my visa it will expire on 08.02.2016. So My question is, should I resign after the date mentioned on the contract or after the date mentioned on my visa. As I don’t want to have any ban.
    Appreciate your quick response and action.

  118. Do I need to ask my boss to sign the notice in case that he denies he received that notice.

  119. Good evening,

    I was terminated with immediate effect during my probation period. I asked for my salary breakdown from 1st of the month until today(16 September) and they are telling me that the salary will be calculate depending on how many days the month have(30/31) not by how many working days have one month (22).
    Example: a salary of 10k /30 days=333.33 aed/day
    10k/22 working days per month=454 aed/day
    Please let me know which one is the legal calculation for the salary?

    Thank you!

    1. Ramona,
      Please read:

  120. Hello goodeve. .
    I have problem now,
    I started working in this company this Nov 30 2015. They give visa January 25 2015 and my contract is unlimited.

    I decided now not to go to work .
    Since I work there this is my first absent.
    I tell to my manager I wanna go back to Philippines.
    Now he is telling me he will put case to me .
    He will put case ( AWOL) to me and send me to Police.
    Or else he told me I have to pay him 5000 for the visa expenses.

    Do I really have to pay 5000 ? And do I really having AWOL case?

    I need answers please .


    1. Jobelle,
      You do not have to pay any visa expenses. If he is blackmailing you, you could file a complaint with MOL and Police.

  121. Hey deepak

    I have joined this particular company on June 2015. I exited on my visa on 13th july and returned on the 28th of july on the companies employment visa. Its been 2 months since i have been working here on the companies visa and I have not recieved any contract. I am not satisfied with my job and I am planning to quit provided i get a job elsewhere (mostly in the freezone).

    There are 4 things i want to know

    1) By reading online I learnt that If i get a job with salary more then 5000 or if i get a job in the free zone my ban is automaticaly lifted. (Correct me if i am wrong here)

    2) Secondly if i dont get a job and i still plan to quit. I know i’l get the ban but just wanted to know till when will i have to exit the country?

    3)My company has kept my passport with them. I know its illegal but what can i do for that?

    4) I have heard from my previous employees that they have signed contracts mentioning that if i leave the job before the contract expires, i will have to pay some fine.Please note i have not signed any contract yet. But just want to know that if incase they do ask me to Can i refuse?

    My visa is not stamped on my passport yet but i guess it will happen in this month.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Fernandes,
      1. Yes, but not in all the cases. Jafza does consider whether you have a labour ban!!
      2. You have up to 30 days after cancellation to exit the country.
      3. You should request it back.
      4. How did your visa get processed if you have not signed any offer letter or contract??

  122. my 2 year visa is finish after one month , i need resignation , can tell me about leave salory? (homany months available the leave salory)

  123. Dear mr.Dheepak…
    Can I stay one more month in my current employer provided accomodation after completing my notice period.???

  124. Dear Dheepak…
    I have been working since 1.5 years in UAE under unlimited contract.I got a new job offer. My future employer wants my present visa cancellation copy. If I resign my current job…can I get my visa cancellation copy soon?….or will my current employer provide me after the one month notice period?….
    Please reply me

    1. Babu,
      That depends on how soon the company will cancel your visa!
      Yes, visa is usually cancelled after the notice period.

  125. hi.Deepak sir …sir mera free zone visa unlimited hai mein 2015 may 13 ko uae me enter kiya ab muje yanha aaye howa 4 mahine ho gaye hai kya mien resign de k ja sakta houn.aur muje company ko kuch paise paide karna padega kya….sorry sir muje english nai aati hai issliye hindi me likha houn ..Please help me sir

  126. HI,

    this is my first job in UAE, i started in April 2015 and intend to resign in october 2015 , .i.e after completing six months whereas my probation period was of 03 months which i have completed. My Contract says that my appointment is on purely temporary basis. which can be terminated by rendering one month notice or by payment of one month salary in lieu thereof by either side.

    so can i resign without facing a ban if I give one month notice or I pay one month salary?

    1. Ayesha,
      Labour ban is automatic.
      It is not linked to payment in lieu of notice period.

        1. Ayesha,

  127. Hi it’s me nayan I have 2 years contract and I am going to Chang my company within 10 month is it possible

  128. Hi I’m working as limited contract. I’m only 1month and a half if ever I want to resign my present company,is the labour still allowed me find another job?

  129. Good Day!!

    I resigned in my company and noticed period already finished but my visa not yet cancelled. I’m in a limited contract and I finished 4 months in the company (still on probation period), What should I do because 7 days already my noticed period finished and I already finished my clearance too, but the manager still not cancelling my Dubai visa.

  130. Hi Sir,
    i finished my one year work ,my contract is for two years. my manager and hr said me that they lost all the contracts now they want to terminate many employers i am one of them .can i found any other job as they said they will provide NOC. can i get graduaity and compensation from company

  131. Hi Deepak,

    Im currently working for a company and I would be leaving the company for another Job.I joined in feb 2015 and I will be leaving them in Oct 2015.

    Do I have to pay my company any visa fees to my company.

    and how many days notice do I hve to give?

    I am on a Unlimited contract.

      1. Hi,

        I’ve been working for almost 1 yr and 3 months and decided to resign. do I need to pay the visa expenses of company? do you know any article in the labor law regarding this matter? Appreciate your help. Thanks.

  132. Hi Sir,


    Needed your advice, I have finished 3 and half years from my company under labor visa unlimited contract. I did resign already and finished the 1 month resignation notice period. I have requested to cancel my visa, but my employer keeps delaying the cancellation for no reason.

    No liability is left from my side as I handover everything.

    My boss personally doesn’t like me, I guess he intentionally trying to keeps my cancellation delay, for me to be mess up.

    Please advice what should I do.

    Thanks a lot!!

  133. Hi Deepak

    Can you please tell me if I can hire a house maid who’s work permit is due to expire after one a month as she has just finished dispute from her former employer? What are the laws regarding this? Also can I hire a maid who’s visa her on her husband’s visa as a house wife ?

    I appreciate some advice on this.

    Kind regards
    M Zaza

  134. I am working as a Public Relation clerk in a small business. Regarding my status I am working for more than 7 months in our company, but still I have no contract. I wanted to resign in my company. Can I make a notice for 1 week?

    1. Angel,
      How don’t you have a contract?? Strange!!

  135. Sir Good Day to you!!!, I just want to ask regarding the status of my husband, his previous employer is going to cancel him but he don’t have residence visa or emirates ID yet, he’s been working their for almost 7 mos. now, he did not even sign any contract he just signed before an offer letter. His Boss promise him that he will not have a ban, is it possible? and what are we going to do?

  136. Dear Mr. Deepak,

    Thanks for helping us in all situations.

    I have a question, i am working in a small company based in Industrial Area 10, Sharjah.
    First of all, i want to know is it limited contract or unlimited, how can i know??

    On the other side, i want to know that i just join the company in start of May 2015 but due to small company and no work of my kind, i want to resign and it is September 2015. Should i need to pay any thing to my employer regarding visa expense or any thing else like that?? in limited and unlimited contract-both cases.

    Please help me in this situation.

    God Bless you..

  137. Dear Sir,

    I am working in a Trading compnay here in Sharjah from Ocrt., 2013 but i get my employment visa in Jan, 2014. I have a unlimited labout contract. Now get a better opportunity in Sharjah. I want to resign my job. Is it possible to resign my job before complete my 2 years?
    I read on net that if I have unlimited labour contract i will resign my job after completion of my one year to submit one month notice.
    Please guide me..

  138. Hi
    Its my first time in uae
    I am working for bank,its been 4 months under six months probation period and manager is forcing me to resign on daily basis and now he is threatning that i will be terminated.
    Its a two year contract
    To whom should i contact as i am not willing to resign
    What are my rights

    1. Kashif,
      What is the reason he is insisting you resign??
      Do you agree to that? You could talk to your HR first and then if not solved with MOL.

  139. Dear,
    I`ve been working in a hotel since 03/Aug/2014. My contract is for 2 years and i resign after one year (20/aug/2015).

    The first question is: They are charging half of all my expenses with them (Visa/Ticket/Medicals), I need to pay for all?

    Second: After give the notice period can I stop work before the 30 days and pay the company for the remaining days?

    Many thanks

    1. Fernandes,
      You need not pay any expenses to company.
      You could stay, but it is up to the company to request you to exit immediately after cancellation.

  140. Dear Sir
    I am working in a hotel i have a limited contract for 3 years i started in oct 2013 and gave resignation in august 2015 all i want to know whether there is ban applicable reimbursement expenses have to paid ? kindly suggest

  141. Sir, I have a another doubt also if i worked 30days instead of 45 days notice period , i need to pay 15 days salary on this case , Please let me know sir.

    Advance Thanks For your reply,

  142. This is my first job in dubai, im working 8monyhs already. Stated in my contract im under 6 mos probationary.And I wanted to resign with my company. I signed a 2yrs contract with them. If ever i resign am i liable to pay to the company regarding my visa or any other expenses they acquired for me and will i need to work 45 notice period ? If i am not work with notice period shall i liable to pay 45 days salary

  143. Hi.
    This is my first job in dubai, im working 6mos already. Stated in my contract im under 6 mos probationary.And I wanted to resign with my company. I signed a 2yrs contract with them. If ever i resign am i liable to pay to the company regarding my visa or any other expenses they acquired for me?

  144. My friend got terminated from his company, just he worked for 5 months 20 days, his visa is unlimited, will he get 5 months 20 days annual leave settlement ?? kindly reply

  145. Hi Mr.Deepak this is prakash from Dubai.I have on problem that before six months I joined a hotel organization & now I wanna to leave but the company is charging me 2000 AED for breaking contract & my contract is unlimited.
    So,I just wanna to know where should I complaints on that organization about that matter.Means is there any UAE office for particular this type of cases.
    Plz.if possible send me rply bcs I don’t HV more time I already resigned.
    Plz rply to my email – [email protected]

    1. Prakash,
      If you have labour contract, you should approach MOL.
      For rest of the cases, you could visit immigration.

  146. I tendered my resignation to my previous employer because I received a job offer to the new company and informing to finish my one month notice period. Now, as I am waiting my new visa, after submitting all the required documents for visa processing- the new company doesn’t want me to give me the job anymore. Can I file a complaint case to MOL? I have to exit the country soon and buy my own visit visa because of them.


    1. Cherry,
      I am not sure about this!!
      As of now, you do not have any recourse.
      You could file a complaint with MOL!

  147. Hi,
    I am working in private company , I have completed 2 year in UNLIMITED visa, i renewed contract 2 month before , if i resign now any amount to be payed to company or any action is there.

  148. Hi.
    Im under 6mos probationary right now and im on my 4th month already. Im planning to resign.. i just want to ask, am i liable to pay anything to my company if i resign.? I already signed 2yrs contract with them.

  149. Hi.
    This is my first job in dubai, im working 4mos already. Stated in my contract im under 6 mos probationary.And I wanted to resign with my company. I signed a 2yrs contract with them. If ever i resign am i liable to pay to the company regarding my visa or any other expenses they acquired for me?

  150. Dear Sir,

    I worked with a company in Dubai for 4years. After getting a good opportunity in G4S company in Abu Dhabi, I resigned from my old company. My last working day was 12 June 2015. Accordingly, my visa from the old company was cancelled on 13 June 2015 and I have submitted all the required documents for visa processing to my new company. It is to be noted that as per the visa cancellation document, I could stay in the UAE till July 13. I understand that it usually takes two days for processing the visa. My new company I submitted my final documents needed for my visa process since 4 July but I am still waiting for my visa in UAE. I have not received any response from the new company. Currently I am overstaying in the UAE and have no clue what to do in these circumstances. I have 1 month 10 days over say already. What can I do and how much will be my fine?

    1. Hassan,
      The fines are 25 dirhams per day.
      It is better to exit the country if you do not have visa.
      Do you have labour approval?

  151. Hi i have an unlimited contract and I’ve been working in the company for over a year.My boss has different companies in the UAE and ive been working in one of our companies in Dubai and my visa is in Dubai as well.Now my boss asked me that starting next week i should be working in one of our companies in Sharjah. So my question is do i have the right to say no? and do they have the right to terminate me if i say no?

    1. Ross,
      yes, you have all the right to say NO as long as you have not agreed to it or signed in your contract.

  152. hi
    1. i worked in a company for 14 months and i resigned and going to another company,
    i have family with me, how can i hold there visa?
    2. while in notice period in present company, how many hours i have to work.
    it should be full 8 hours or there is any law that i can work less hours during notice period.
    kindly advise , thanks

    1. Mohammed,
      1. I am not sure that facility is still available to hold the visa. You should check directly with immigration.
      2. Hours of work do not change during notice period.

  153. Hi Sir, I just want to know how much does a person need to pay to the company for the initial labor approval cancellation in case he doesn’t want to accept the job but already signed the offer letter. No employment (pink visa ) yet. Thank you.

    1. Gere,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. I was out of station for couple weeks.
      You do not have to pay anything to the company.

  154. Hi
    I am working in construction company from last 3 year in UAE. Due to salery issue I giving resignation from my position with one month notice period as per employeement offer later.
    As I continue follow with my manager after that in ending moment he asking you have to extend more 15 days, since he don’t have replacements.
    But I don’t won’t to extend my notice period.
    Since I have some commitments with other employer.
    Pls advise

  155. I am working for a trading company as sales representative and not satisfied with my job, want to quit.

    I am a post graduate, i heard that there will not be a ban if i quit my job before 6 months. is that true will i get a ban.

    started working in this company on may 2015.
    Qualification BE-MBA

    I don’t know on what qualification they have issued my current visa.

    any way I have to quit my job and if i come across a ban how to lift it.

    please reply.

    1. Bibin,

  156. I am currently working in unlimited contract, I have 2 positions in our company. My boss didn’t give me increase, he canceled the P.R.O before, and he promoted me. I have been working for more than 5 months now as a P.R.O, but I’ve been working since January 2014. I want to resign now, what are the possible problem I can encounter? What if he didn’t accept my resignation letter? What should I do? I really don’t want to work here anymore. Pls, help me. Thanksss

  157. Hi, my employer serve me my termination letter on the grounds of misconduct and insubordination it was also stated there that i need to make a 30 days notice period before it will take effect. Do i really need to complete the notice period or should i just consider it as optional? Thanks in advance.

  158. I have resigned from my current job. I never signed a contract. I said to my boss I would do a 6 week notice period to be polite however my new manager has asked I start on the 1st of sept. This means only doing a 30 day notice. I have advised my current manager of this and he has said I have to do 6 weeks because I said so in an email.

    I have never actually signed a contract. I don’t want to loose my new job. Please help

    1. Mel,
      Why did you have to overstep on your current notice period and mention 6 weeks.
      Now they have a proof that you have agreed and may create some confusion.
      It is better to request the reversal of 6 week period.

  159. My labour contract has expaired 03/08/2015.I don’t wish to renew with the company.I didn’t sent resignation I approach to or any problem if im aplying new job..because I have an offer right now.

  160. Hi. I am working under unlimited contract in Dubai. I have completed one and a half year and now I have got a better opportunity with more salary & prospects. I want to resign. But I want to know

    1. can i shift without a ban. (The new company is not under free zone & the salary is not meeting the required standards)

    2. Also, I will be serving one month notice but then do I have to exit after my employement visa cancellation? is it compulsory ? Can I not join from the very next day of my last day in current company.

    3. If the current company is going to cancel my visa. Will it be cancelled easily and in how many days. I have etisalat mobile bill outstanding from past three months. Will it affect my cancellation procedure. Please let me know. Thanks in advance.

    1. Javed,
      1. Read: Avoid labour ban.
      2. That depends on your company whether they allow you to stay after the visa cancellation.
      3. I can not speak for your company. You need to ask them directly.

  161. My labour contract has expired on 20th july and my visa will expire on 8th august. i dont want to renew it. so can i say company not to renew directly what will be the notice period i need to give.

  162. Hi I have been terminated due to accommodation policy , I was terminated immediately but and advised there will be no ban, I worked for 8 years in this company and still have my flight allowance and vacation due. Will the company pay me for that as per the UAE labour law.

  163. I need ur advice, i have got a job of a sales person at a shop. i have an unlimited contract with mi company which ends next month september 27th. but the person giving me this job needs me before 15th september.. and my contract will be left with two weeks…
    so how can i change the job..


  164. Hi sir
    i m working a aluminium company .my visa on unlimited contract. visa finish on January 2016 i don’t need renew this visa bcoz my employer told if u go after 2 yr he want visa expense .last week one employee send resign paper bt the employer said u can go ur home country i dont give u even 1 fills

    1. Thanse,
      That is illegal. Employers can not ask for visa expenses.
      You could file a complaint with MOL against this.

  165. Sir,

    My contract will expire this 8-8-2015 and i got an offer better than my present offer. I send a resignation letter, should i wait for the month notice period from the day i send the resignation or i can just stop working at the end of my visa expiration?

    1. Vincent,
      Yes, you must serve the notice period with the current company.
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  166. Dear Mr. Deepak,
    Hello Sir, I just want to ask advice . I am working under “LIMITED Contract” for 10 months working. I was promoted 2 times and never had any bad report or warning letter.
    Suddenly June 29,2015 , my Company stop me from work also told me to find job within 1 month.

    after 2 weeks I found job . I went to my previous company to ask for my termination letter and to process my cancellation. But my company told me Sign the warning letter that they make and they will give the termination letter. But I didnt Sign Because all bad issue she write about me were all lies.

    after 3 weeks they ask me to come back to work but with some rules that i will only recieved my basic salary or else file resignation.

    If I will resign I will be ban for 1 year as I am working in limited contract and only 10months working. They are the one who stop me but they refused to give termination letter. What I need to do Sir?


    1. Elsa,
      Yes, if you resign under limited contract, you will face 1 year ban. Also you will need to pay 45 day compensation to the company.
      Termination is better if you are under limited contract and in any case they were the ones who wanted to terminate you.
      Why did they back out?

  167. Greetings Deepak,

    I seem to have stumbled onto a dilemma here. I’ve been terminated by my employer and have received my termination letter without stating the reason of termination – termination effective immediately with last working day as 30th August 2015. It has only been a month since I worked and I was in my probation period of 6 months. I haven’t received my copy of the labor contract and hence I cannot confirm the type of contract that I have signed. My offer letter mentioned that the employment offer was for a period of 1 year from the date of commencement of work.

    1. Could you provide me with conclusive result for a limited and unlimited contract based on my present scenario? (in terms of any dues to be received/benefits/air ticket)
    2. I will have a labor ban for 6 months. True?
    3. Could I still be hired in a Free Zone visa while I am still in U.A.E till 30th August?

    Your quick response will be highly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

  168. Greetings!

    I am working with Emerging Technologies last five months. Company has given me unlimited contract. Now, I want to resign this organization as they are not paying wages on time.

    My visa is under Sales Executive and from day first I am performing as per company parameters. I have given the business more than 150% of my target.

    I got good job of AED 5000 per month in dubai and I want to join it.

    Today I discussed with my HR manager related to notice period, she is asking me to pay all the expenses that was occurred on you. I am ready to server notice period of one month.

    Please help me to get rid as I am not able to pay the expenses.

    Thank You.

    1. Asghar,
      You are not required to pay any expenses if it is not mentioned in your labour contract.

  169. Hi Deepak,

    I have some Query, i want to change my job, i am working under husband sponsorship and Labour contract under Freezone, by 17th of august i would be completing my 6 months. can i change my job and do i have to pay any amount to employer as a training purpose. in my offer letter its mention we have to pay 5000 Aed if we are not cmpleting 36 months ( freezone labour contract), is it applicable for me. please suggest .

    1. Geethu,
      whether you have to pay or no will be decided by the employment contract that you have signed.
      However, if you are working in free zone, you may not face labour ban.

  170. Hi sir,

    i just want to ask something, i am currently employed for less than 6 months now on unlimited contract, and i’m planning to resign if i got a new job on free zone company or any company that can lift the 6 months ban. Is it possible for me to resign within 6 months on my unlimited contract for 2 years? do i have to pay anything to my current company and to labor?


    1. Ernie,
      You need to be careful. Certain free zones like Jafza, do consider whether you have a labour ban.
      SO be careful to ask your new company whether you will have a ban or no.

  171. I am working in present company from 3 years now i have got another job in Dubai and i would like to resign.

    I submitted my resignation letter officially to my HR Manager.

    But HR Manager is saying that the notice period should be 3 months as per your signed offer letter. I submitted resignation as per UAE Labour Law with 1 month notice period.

    Please let me know should i wait 3 months or 1 month is ok as per UAE Labour Law.


    1. Sunny,
      Offer letter is not valid after the labour contract is signed.
      IF the company wanted to increase the notice period, it should be changed in the labour contract at the time of signing.
      You should talk to MOL in this regard and get a confirmation.

  172. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    I just finished my 2 years of contract last July 11, 2015 & I gave my resignation letter last July 19, 2015 because I don’t want to renew the contract. The company is insisting that I should finish one more month of my duty due to one month notice period. They said if I wont finish my one month notice period then I will be required to pay for it. By the way my Visa is under labour, my questions are: One month notice period is a must
    after not renewing the contract? And if so, if i stop on duty with out finishing one month of notice do I have to pay for it? Hoping for your response… Thank you

  173. I have a question i wanted to resign but my employer does not accept my resignation letter. I have finish my two years contract. When I joined my company they did not give a copy of my employment contract. I kept asking them before but they just promise me that they will give but until now i am resigning i they did not provide. what should i do? should i go the labor i am under sharjah free zone.

    1. CATELYN,
      MOL does not have jurisdiction over free zones.
      You should visit respective free zone authority.

  174. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    I would like to ask some question regarding my visa, I am currently on cancelled visa and my grace period is about to expire this coming August 01, 2015. I’ve already found a job and my visa still on process but not sure if will be finish until August 01, 2015. My question is do I need to exit if my new visa will not be release before or on the mentioned date?

    Thank you,

    1. Anjo,
      You could change the status within UAE if your old company does not insist that you exit the country.

  175. Good Day !.

    I have worked as a civil engineer for the last 9 years at construction company .
    I have submitted my resignation by giving three months notice . in order to clear all my pending salaries ,holidays and compensation ,, i have mentioned on the resignation letter , that i am planning to leave the country . my last working days was 15 of may .. since then i didn’t receive my money , all the time they are telling me , next week , end of month , we are expecting payment soon , etc .

    my question is if i go to the labor office for complain ,, can i claim also the waiting time take into consideration that i am not looking for other job , i just waiting my money to leave the country .

    thanks in advance

    Best Regards .

  176. sir i just want to ask that i have worked for one company for 2 years and after my renewal my owner forced me to work for one of his typing centre as a marketting he told me i dont ned u in this company even ur visa is for other company bcz his cousin will take care of this company and if u say no we will make u problem u have to work u can try the marketting job for one month and if u dont like u can leave and i have tried that one month but i didnt knew anything about this job but still i tried and after completion he said as u dont know marketting so i will keep u in marketting and give u 2000 salary which is even half what i was being given and he refused to give me the car and refused me to work more so i decided to leave then he told me to give me resignation letter i asked him to let me complete one month he said mention it that one month is already been over so i wrote that and he accepted and after that now he is not cancelling me znd asking the money for visa and blackmailing me that i never told u like that but he has accpeted my resignation letter before and signed and i have copy for that please tell me should i still get labour ban for this and immigration ban bcz its all not my fault he was forcing me to work for another company my visa was not from that company

    1. Ali,
      If you feel that there has been any violation, you should approach MOL with your views.
      They will try and help you.

  177. Dear Deepak,

    I wanted to resign from my current company as they don’t have any challenging work to do. I also have an offer from India and Planning to move there.

    Having an unlimited contract and my 1 year period will end in mid September.

    1. Will I face any other Ban apart from Labour ban ? (Labour ban is for 6 months right ?)
    2. Do I have to pay any visa expenses, is it a law here in dubai ? if Yes how much does it cost for visa ?

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you 🙂

  178. Hello Deepak,

    Hope you are doing well !?

    I wanted to resign from my current company as they don’t have any challenging work to do. Also I already have an offer from India and planning to move.
    Having an unlimited contract and 1 year will be finished in mid September.

    1. Will I face any other ban apart from 6months Labour ban (I Guess it is an automatic ban) ?
    2. Do I have to pay any visa expenses or any other expenses ? (is there any law of paying visa expenses)

    Thank you, will be waiting for your response.

  179. I was working in unlimited contract in abu dhabi and last june 26 is my 2 years already so i pass my resignation last june 17 up july 17 to reach my 2 years and the management accept my resignation and my problem is I’m already 1 week after my last day notice period but still I did not sign any paper to cancel my visa and when i ask them why they will tell me always tomorrow. Can you help me what should I do and what is my rights..thank you

    1. CJ,
      You should talk to your PRO and accompany him to MOL for cancellation.
      If any further delays happen, you could file a complaint with MOL.

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  180. dear deepak,,,,,, i am doing job in UAE from 8 months as a Civil Engineer and my contract is unlimited,,,,in which conditions i can change my job??? as i have better job offer from another company ……

    1. Irfan,
      Usually engineers may not have labour ban.
      You should meet the following conditions to avoid labour ban.

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  181. Hello,
    I am under a unlimited contract and have completed two years of service with my current employer. However, as per the initial contract which i had signed with them I am eligible for 01 months notice period. However, my employer recently made us sign a paper with increment in the basic wage with mentioning a notice period to be 02 months?
    Will this paper be accepted as part of my contract? Also, if yes and i would like resign with 01 month notice period and settle the 01 month will there be any problem if my employer is not accepting it???

    1. Upasna,
      Employers do use this tactic. It may be applicable as you have agreed.
      Notice period as per UAE labour law is 1 month/30 days. However, it is also tweakable.
      For example senior management staff may need to provide a longer notice period as their roles are strategic.
      Yes, paying 1 month instead of an extra month of notice is possible if your company agrees to it.

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  182. Good Day!,

    I am employed under a labour contract of unlimited period and already completed 1 year in my current company, now i wanted to resign is there any possibility that i can get a ban? i am resigning due to the delayed of salary.

    1. Jhinna,
      First of all you could file a complaint with MOL for delayed salaries.
      Then MOL will take the decision.

  183. I am a Chartered Accountant from India. My UAE Labour Law contract with my present company (Dubai) is an unlimited one, however there is one condition in the Offer letter initially signed by both me and the company, which is three months notice if I resign.

    I want to know how many months notice I should give if I plan to change the company. Will I have to give one month notice as per UAE Labour law or three months’ notice as per the initial Offer terms in the company (internal) contract?

    If it is three months, will I have to compensate the company if I give a lesser period of notice? How much will I have to pay as compensation? Please advise.

    1. Navin,
      If you have signed the contract which mentions the notice period, you need to abide by this.
      however, labour contract has the final say in addition to UAE Labour law.
      Yes, if you’d like lesser notice period and if company agrees to relieve you earlier, you must compensate employer for the remaining period.

  184. Hi, I have an unlimited contact with my company and has served them for almost 9 years. I have renewed my contract 3 times already. My original contract has Art 127 clause and likewise should provide resignation notice for 6 months. Since I have renewed 3 times already can I just give resignation notice for 1 month and will Article 127 still be applicable?

  185. Good afternoon. I wanted to ask about my situation. I am working in a private institution. I reported an incident about a sexual harassment with our company driver to the management but there was no action taken against the driver. I questioned the director about that but she got furious with me because i was questioning her for not giving a punishment to our driver. The meeting with my director became so intense and the director was insulting me already and was shouting and scoulding me. Because of this i informed her that i want to leave the company without any further notice. She accepted my resignation without notice and i handed over everything to her. Now, they wanted to cancel everything like labour contract and visa. I wanted to ask if i am entitled to have my end of benefits and my pending 45days annual leave. Kindly note that i have worked with them for 3 years and 3 months. Thanks

  186. Hi sir i got renewal visa for 3rd time contract last mont.the question is if ever i resign, do i need to pay the visa expense which they provided to me because my visa is still new or is there is minnimum months for me that i can quit a job with complete gratuity? Thanks

  187. Hi sir,
    I just want to ask. Let say I will finished my 2yrs next year May 2016 and I will renew it. Then after 2 to 3 months after my renewal I can find better job and I will resign for the first company. Either free zone or not.

    Is there any ban on it? Or any amount to pay in company regarding my renewal process?

  188. Hi there,

    I work work for a company however I am under my parents visa and insurance.
    The contract is limited, i have just surpassed my probation period.
    They had a temporary labour card made for me up until now, which they require parents documents to acquire a permanent card.

    Can I resign from the position without a ban?
    Will i still require to pay for the 45 days?
    Does the contract bind me more than the labour card?
    Can i get in trouble if i refuse to provide them with the necessary documents?

    thank you

    1. Brook,
      If you complete your contract there won’t be labour ban.
      Yes, you could resign.
      Since it is a temporary contract, i don’t think penalty is applicable.
      I am not sure about that!

  189. Sorry I missed of asking this,
    I signed a contract, that I have never read,because when I was signing, he hold the paper and only signed down in a small box,
    I never saw what it is written, I dont know of job offer or contract,
    my question is that, whatis the diference between job offer and labour contract?
    I saw my contract in online, and read it theree
    my worries is, inside the job offer and labour contract is the same of what is written?

    How couldI know if I was signed?

  190. Hi, I am presently working for more or less 2 months under an unlimited contract and planning to resign anytime.

    My questions are as follows:
    1) Are there any complications like labour ban (for how many months) and do I have to pay anything to the company/employer where I am resigning?
    2) Upon resignation, am I only entitled to salary based on the no. of days I have worked? Am I right?
    3) How will I or my new employer be able to lift my ban?
    4) Do I need to have my new job under a free zone company?

  191. hi Deepak,
    I just want to ask, my contract will expire on January 15, 2016 (unlimited), and my Boss is always telling me that he will terminate me OR asked me to resign from the company.
    My questions are:
    1) if its OK if I will apply to the other companies while i’m still working to my current employer?
    2) Once I got hired by the new company and my current employer doesn’t want me to go, what should I do?
    3) OR 1 month notice is enough for my current employer?
    4) In Case that I will resigned from my current employer, how much should i need to pay?
    Thanks a lot

    1. Ynna,
      1/ yes you can apply.
      2/ It is your decision.
      3/ Notice period will be as per your contract.
      4/ You don’t have to pay anything to your employer.

  192. Good morning.i am working in a security company.i have renewed my visa in February 2015 after completing first two I want to resign and want to move to UK.when can I give resign to company and get cancelation without having any difficulties?

    1. Jawad,
      You should not have any problem in resigning anytime.
      SInce you are moving to UK, even if you have labour ban, it won’t affect you.

  193. Hey Deepak,

    I am an accountant in a restaurant based company with unlimited contract, my visa is Archeive Clerk, i join this company on 07-Oct-2014 but my visa pasted on my passport on 25-Nov-14. My employer verbally terminate me and asked my to resign so many times without giving me last 2 month salary, and now i also wished to resign because he did not give me salary on time and made so much deductions without no reason, and now he fire everyone in office and i am alone working in accounts, Finance, Admin work.

    I want to resign on a 15 days notice, so can he stop me for an unspecific time period by force?
    What ban i have to face from Mol or from Immigration ?
    What will be the procedure to remove the ban?
    I have B.Com and Intermediate and Matriculation degrees but they are not attested so is it compulsory to attest these degrees first from embassy ?
    Only verbal notice is sufficient or i have to send him an e-mail?

    Please tell me , because i want to give him notice after this Eid.

      1. Thank you so much Deepak 🙂 , if i need further assistance, then i will ask you again,

  194. hi mr. deepak,

    good day!

    im currently working in a hypermarket company under unlimited contract, my joining date is august 20, 2013 and my labour card will expires on august 22, 2015 and i just want to finished my 2yrs in the company.

    1.)do i still have to give 1 month notice period? coz i wanted to give this month the notice
    2.) is there any ban for me in UAE/labor ?

    thank you!


  195. hai sir,

    am working in a stationery my contract is limited,

    i joined here on nov 17 on husban d visa but now am in company vis they took visa for me on jan 26 so now am planning to resign from the job because of some personal problems

    i want to go back to my place

    i want to know wheteher i want to pay any money to the employer

    and if i will come back whether any bann for me how i can lift that bann

    1. Aploniya,
      If you break limited contract, you should pay 45 days compensation to your company.

  196. And one more query to the previous question,

    4. Do you I get my EOS Benefits if my labour card is expired?

  197. Hi,

    My Labour Card has expired.

    1. If I am going to resign, do I need to renew labour card?
    2. Will the expired labour card cause an issue in joining a new company?
    3. Do I need to serve the notice period, if my labour card is no more valid / has expired?


  198. Please is it possible for an employer to cancel an employee visa if the employee is not at fault.and there is no contract letter signed between both parties

  199. Hi deepak. Just want to ask. How many days will be the cancellation of visa during ramadan? Is there any paper to sign for the cancellation?

    1. Ms A,
      Yes, you must sign cancellation letter yourself and your sponsor as well.
      There is no separate rule for immigration process during Ramadan; the office timings may be different. It does not take more than a day to cancel the visa.

  200. Dear Deepak,
    I am professor by profession in management college and terminated with immediate effect on 11 June and on asking reason they told me course file not up to mark. Well i ma not only one there are many. Though when college quality team checked it was on of the good files but ERT visit of CAA pointed out many mistakes. Ok my first job in UAE so accepted because problem in files even in the professor teaching UAE from last 30 years. But i want to know if i am terminated with immediate effect then i am suppose to complete the course files even after termination. Though i have completed all but as i was not part of meeting held after me regarding the course files so i have made as per my earlier experiences. I have submitted my relieving forms signed by all Dan of college, HR, Administration and IT and also submitted my vise for cancellation and also given them my emirates id. I hope by today i.e. 75/7/15 my visa must has been cancelled.
    As per my termination they wrote my 3 months salary only basic and house allowance but also 11 days salary, my tickets which i claimed long back, gratuity of 16 months, also some overtime teaching balance and also leave balance payment which is more then 30 days is due.
    Now problem is as per ERT visit they find some mistakes in files now which i submitted them 11 days before and want to redo some things. Now i want to ask if i am obliged to redo it again as i got clearance from all departments also visa cancelled. Official mail disabled. Can they stop my payment once all formalities done. These issues are not only with me but all teachers if terminated or not. But my question what is the meaning of termination with immediate effect if they need perfect work.

    Please Reply

    1. Sonia,
      After termination, you are not required to do. However, if you wish you could do.

  201. Hi Deepak,
    I am working under unlimited contract for 1 year and 1.5 months. Now my employer is asking me to resign from my job. I want to know whether there will be ban for me and also what all benefits (Gratuity, Salary,etc) I will get from my employer as I am resigning from my job. Please reply.

  202. I finished a two-year limited contract last July 01,2015. I already sent the required one month notice. My previous company wants me to extend for a week or more but i said no because i already got an offer from another company and the job is urgent. What can i do if they hold my cancellation process because i declined in extending a few days more?

  203. Dear Deepak,

    Greetings for your Great support and Effort to People.

    I have one quiry presently i am working in Dubai.But my visa issued by Abu Dhabi. In my company offer letter they stated if i am leaving the company with in period of three year what so ever reasons i have to compensate them my 3 month gross salary and cost of visa charges and also minimum one year i have to serve them.Right now i am in 7 month of my limited contract.

    But i have verified with Ministry of Labour in my contract nothing is mentioned and only if i am leaving the company i have to serve them one month notice period with proper resignation nothing else.

    So if i am leaving the company i have to pay anything to them is it legel.if my company not processing my cancellation what can i do..?As soon as possible i have to leave UAE.

    Please Reply as soon as possible

    Thanks in advance

      1. Dear Deepak,

        I told you i have limited Contract sorry for my wrong information i have unlimited contract.

        For this case what can i do.


          1. Dear Deepak,

            I have one quiry presently i am working in Dubai.But my visa issued by Abu Dhabi. In my company offer letter they stated if i am leaving the company with in period of three year what so ever reasons i have to compensate them my 3 month gross salary and cost of visa charges and also minimum one year i have to serve them.Right now i am in 7 month of my Unlimited contract.

            But i have verified with Ministry of Labour in my contract nothing is mentioned and only if i am leaving the company i have to serve them one month notice period with proper resignation nothing else.

            So if i am leaving the company i have to pay anything to them is it legel.if my company not processing my cancellation what can i do..?As soon as possible i have to leave UAE.

            Please Reply as soon as possible

            Thanks in advance

  204. Hi, I have joined a company on limited contract starting dated 05/01/2015 but the joining date is 28/11/2014. Due to pregnancy I want to resign, so from which date my probation period will be counted contract or joining, and if I will give a notice period of 1 month should I have to compensate to my employer.


    1. Renuaka,
      The joining date will start from the actual joining date!
      Since you are breaking limited contract, you will need to compensate for 45 days to the company along with the notice period as per your contract.

  205. Hi Deepak,
    My Labour Contract is Going to Expire 2nd july 2015 i got offer so i gave resignation on 2nd june and mentioned one month notice period so my last working day is 2nd july .Now I am in Notice Period today(22-06-2015) my HR call me and he said he will send cancellation document i have to sign and replay it with my emirates id. i Know if i sign i have my ban.what my question is if company have rights to cancel my visa while i am in notice period

      1. hi deepak,
        i am not sure they cancelled my labour card , but my labourcard is with me only before they never ask my labour card and i never sign any cancelation document. my hr ask labour card also i think its for cancelation. how can they do this , up to 9th july (my releving date extended) after contract completion also i am working but they want to cancel my visa before 2nd july its not fare. if they force me for cancelation what can i do can i go to labour court.

      2. Hi Deepak,

        I am working on limited contract which has already finished on 17th of June 2015. I have already mailed to my employer that i will not be continuing. But my visa is valid for next two months. Is it so that the company can hold me for two months till the visa expires or they have to cancel visa because the labour contract has finished. They are refusing to cancel my contract & visa as of now. I need to join another company in 2 weeks.

          1. So they have to cancel visa even though visa is valid for 2 months? Will there be any ban on visa.

            1. Cristo,
              Yes, visa needs to be cancelled if you have resigned as per Labour card date. There may be no ban on visa.

          2. So they have to cancel visa even though visa is valid for 2 months? Will there be any ban on visa. or they can hold visa till 2 months

          3. my labour card expired on july 30 my employment contract august 15 my residence id expired on october 19 what should i follow i want to resign now

      3. Hi Deepak!

        I have been working for my company for two years and last year I received increment and they asked us to sign undertaking saying if I resigned before dec 2015 I should pay 12 months worth of the increase given to me last year (e.g. they gave 1000 so if i resigned now i will pay 12000). If we will not sign the undertaking then increase would not be credited. Is that even legal?

        Plus, in my offer letter it states that if i resigned before three years i have to pay 4000.. So if I quit my job now I would pay 16000..
        Please advise if I could leave my company without even paying this huge amount of money after all I worked for them. But this is not in my MOL contract.


        1. Joyce,
          Companies do make strange laws. However, only your labour contract is recognised in the court of law.

  206. I am an employee with unlimited contract and renewed last April 2015 after I finished my first two years, can I resign in September 2015 and what are the possibilities. I want to apply for another work

  207. Dear Sir,

    I am Working in Dubai, but my visa is of Fujairah as our main office is in Fujairah. I am on a contract of 3 years and I am about to complete my 1 year, but due to some family problem I want to resign immediately and move back to India. How much notice period I a have to serve as on our contact paper they have mentioned 3 months notice period.

  208. Hi Deepa,
    I am working in a clinic in sharjah for about 7 months.I am working under spouse visa,and the clinic owner did limited contract for 2 yrs.But he didn’t did any labor card for me yet.Now I want to quit from the job.Can he do some penalty on me or the labor ban only i have to face.Please reply.

  209. An employee of mine has submitted his resignation letter. As he is still under prohibition period, am I allowed to ask him for one month notice period?

    1. Hi Deepak,

      one of the employee on my arbab restaurant has resigned because he wanted to look another job ( he gave the resignation letter, but his contract is not finished yet ( he resigned in April 2015, the contract finished in November 2015 ), my arbab has cancelled him, my question is, now almost 30 days after the cancellation, and he is not exit , and seem he has no interest to exit, and he still not getting any new job. My question is, what if after 30 days he is not exit and not getting any new job, we are afraid that the restaurant has to pay some over stay fine due to his status, he hold the passport and he doesn’t cooperative with us, since we’ve been trying to contact him to ask him to exit. what should the company do regarding this situation ? and we don’t want to pay money for the mistake we don’t make, we just want to end our relation or anything related with him. thank you before.

        1. can you give me how to do it? should I go to tasheel ? once I go to MOL and the officer asked me to make a complain letter to tasheel

  210. I am under unlimited contract and working in the company for almost 8 months. I have resigned and handed to my employer my one month notice which my employer has accepted and signed. I would like to ask aside from the automatic labour ban, is the company can give me another 6 months ban? If the company give me another 6 months ban, how to lift the 1 year ban?

  211. Hai Deepak,

    I am working as a project admnistrator in one company at ruwais since may 1st 2015. as per my contract the working hours is 8 hours and but here i am working from 6:30 AM to 5 to 6 PM. I ask them to reduce the time or to provide over time, but they refused and they said i should work as per projects timing and if you cant work you can resign. Still i didnt sign MOL contract, but medical and EID process finished already… Can you give me a suggession if i resign now i will have ban?? mine is dubai visa and salary is aed 7000

    1. Fairoose,
      How is it possible that you have not signed labour contract and have done medical and EID?
      I think if you work for an Oil company, there is no labour approval.
      Overtime is the right of employees.

  212. Hello, we have one employee who works under Limited Contract. he resigned and his last working day will be on June 30th. He has 15 days annual leave and his service is no longer required in company. we asked him to take his annual leave days balance from 15th June to 30th June but he refused. Can an employer require an employee to take his leave days balance during the notice period.

    1. Fatima,
      I do not think you can force somebody to take the leave balance after the resignation.
      What is your company policy.
      Labour law is not particular how you treat this.

  213. Hi..
    Kindly give me a clarification about.
    1) How long I can stay in uae after cancellation of my visa..(after resignation in a unlimited contract, on probation period)
    2) Do i get a labor ban?
    3) How can I lift the labor ban?
    4) If the accomodation is provided by company, can I stay there during the grace period after my visa cancellation
    5) What if company terminated from my job without notice…during probation in unlimited contract..can I stay back for 30 days. Am I eligible for any compensation from employer? Do i get a labor ban? If the accomodation is provided by company, can I stay there during the grace period after termination.

    1. Anand,
      1. up to 30 days.
      2. If you have not completed your contract, you will get labour ban.
      3. Read:
      4. That is up to the company.
      5. You can stay in UAE but there will be no compensation. You should be paid a ticket to the home country. Read:

  214. HI DEEPAK,

    1. SAVITHA,

  215. Hi Deepak,

    In terms of an employee, what is the notice period in a LIMITED CONTRACT ?

  216. Hi,
    I joined my company on the 05th of April 2015. The contract was made on 09.04.2015. I joined the duty from 27.04.2015. And now i just received a month salary for the month of May.
    Do i get paid for the month of April? If not what about the 04 days of the month of April? Also, i was absent for two days, but the company’s accountant say’s i got a ‘fine’ for one extra day?

    Kindly suggest.


  217. Hi, how r u sir.. i have a one doubt sir…my doubt is even though we complete our contract we get a ban from our company..previous employ’s got 6 month ban even though they complete their contract..why like this..suppose if i get a ban then what can i do..if i want to escape from ban what should i do..some of my friend said if new company which i supposed to join that company pay 650 to 700 dhirams in airport then our ban will lift it true..can u give me a clear idea on this sir pls.

  218. My Labour Contract from 2012 to 2014
    Its Finish 16-1-2014 and i didnot Sign any contract after that
    one and half year Finish for expired my Contract
    Now its become Unlimited Contract
    Whatever Noties Period They Write in Expire Contract it will Apply on employee still ??

  219. Sir,
    My labour card expired last 26 of may 2015, and my visa stamp in my passport valid till 10 of july 2015. I have an offer letter and i send my resignation letter that i will not renew my visa.. If they will cancelled my visa before 10 of july there is still ban for me.. please help

  220. My contract is Unlimited I m thinking resign now but they saying U have to Give three Month Noties Period Because In Limited Contract This Point Was mention Which is expire in 16-1-2014 now tell me What should i do

      1. My contract unlimit if i will give one month noties Period so shuold i pay 2month Compensate to employer ??

        1. Kashif,
          incomplete query. Please let me know all the facts like length of service etc.

  221. visa xpire ..march 27 2015 ..but they cancel me march 15..then ill finish my 1 mon grace period april 15..2015 ..that time ill go what u think ? i have ban?..but i dont have any issue in my company,,

  222. hi i have limited contract i am working in dubai and already complete 14 months if i will give my resignation on 1 month notice period will i pay anything and will i pay any ban thanks tell me as soon as possible

  223. Hi Deepak,

    Actually I am planning to resign from my Company in Abu Dhabi, its been 9 Months working with them and i m under LIMITED contract with them ?

    Do i have to give only one month notice period to resign ? or do i have to pay them any thing while resigning as i was reading in some other articles ?

  224. I’m currently in my 4th month in the company as an Accountant. My contract is unlimited and I filed my resignation yesterday but they did not accept the letter. I got a job offer from SAIF. I would like to ask some questions:
    1.) Am i required to render 1 month notice period? my employer is insisting of a minimum of two months before I can resign but it is not stated in my contract.
    2.) If I don’t serve the one month notice period will I get the one year ban as claimed by my employer that they will do? Will that stop me from working in SAIF?
    3.) What can I do as they will not sign or accept the resignation letter that I have sent to them?

    Thank you

  225. I am working here from two months. if I want to leave my job and shift into another country then what would be the procedure. Because Here job is not good and i also want a good salary, no matter what type of work is!
    If anyone can help to figure it out then please help.

  226. Dear Sir,

    I am an electrical engineer but having labour supervisor visa. My offer letter is of Electrical Engineer.

    I am working under a limited contract of 2 years with a construction company, i have completed 8 months and now wants to move to other company as I have better opportunity in my hand
    Can i leave in limited contract if yes, how much will be the cost which i have to pay to the company.
    Also is there will be any ban if i resign now.

  227. Hi!

    I would like to clarify, are the employers must provide the noc or we employees must go to typing center or we make written noc and the employers sign only? then what should be the content that indicate in the noc?

    thanks. hope this can be helpful to others confusion.

      1. Hi!

        I just would like to ask if there is any problem if submitting a letter of non-renewal few days before the labor contracts expires? I am actually having my vacation leave on June 5 and going back to work on July 6 and my labor contract will end on July 14. Will there be any complications for this?

        1. Hi!

          I just would like to ask if there is any problem if submitting a letter of non-renewal few days before the labor contracts expires? I am actually having my vacation leave on June 5 and going back to work on July 6 and my labor contract will end on July 14. I am planning to submit my letter on the day when I get back to work. Will there be any complications for this? Should I submit my letter of non-renewal a month before my labor contract expires?

          1. Should I submit a letter of resignation? As far as i know it should be a letter of non-renewal right? Or Is there no difference between the two? So there will be no problem if I’m serving my notice period even if my contract has been already expired?

  228. Hi,

    I am currently under probation on a LLC company with unlimited contract. I submitted my resignation but it was rejected, then I sent it again through email and still got a reply of rejection.

    Can you please advise what to do?

    and i got an offer in a freezone company.

    1. i sent the resignation letter on 19th of may, since they are rejecting it, will it be advisable to complain as early as now to the MOL?

    2. Mar,
      Organisations can not do such a thing. If the employee would like to resign they can not hold them.

  229. Hi..
    I just to ask regarding resignation under limited contract working five months. What is the process they will allow find other job. How much the cost to pay the company.

    Guide please

    Thank you

  230. Hello Deepak.. Thanks for your prompt reply. Just few more queries… Does the resignation letter sent by email can be use as a proof as per UAE law? (HR didn’t acknowledge the letter on same day). HR acknowledged the letter on 19th May only. Kindly advise..

    1. Remjith,
      HR should mention while acknowledging like ” your resignation dated 19 May 2015″

  231. Hello Deepak,

    I have submitted my resignation letter to my employer through email on 27th April 2015. In the resignation letter I have indicated the notice period as 26th May 2015. (30 days as per employment contract). But when I tried to follow up today (19th May) for my release, they are not releasing me on the said notice date. My department manager has signed in my resignation letter (signed date is 19th May) on today only. HR is saying they can count the notice date from today only. Can you please advise how I can relieved on the said notice period from my employer (I.e., 26th May). Or I have to continue till 18th June as per the signed date in resignation letter. ?

    1. Renjith,
      If you have the proof that you have submitted your resignation, your HR should have notified of your notice period and last working day.
      If they have failed to do that and the delay is from their side, I see no reason why they should relieve you.
      It will depend on you whether you would like to continue till 18th June! Please speak also to MOL.

  232. I am employed under a labour contract but i just got terminated affer three months with NOC letter, please can i still find job on labour? please need advice.

    1. King,
      After the cancellation of your visa, you have up to 30 days to stay in UAE to look for a job.

  233. Hi,

    I am currently in probation in an LLC company in Burdubai. I want to leave this company because i dont like the environment. I am getting a 5500AED salary from here. I have a job offer from Jabel Ali Free Zone Company of Arround 7200 AED.

    The company is not letting me go, can you please tell me how can i get my visa canceled if the employers insist on not processing my visa cancellation. I am an MBA with attested degree

    I would appreciated your help on this.


    1. Salman,
      Companies can’t hold cancellation.
      You should file a complaint with MOL in this regard.

      1. One last thing, If they don’t provide me NOC, even if they decide to get my cancellation done. Will i be liable to a ban? If i am looking to switch to Jabel ALi FreeZone Company.

  234. Hi, I have been working in uae with unlimited employment contract since 2011, My employment visa is going to due in aug’15, kindly advice if i resign based on two month notice it ok as per uae labour law.?

  235. hi sir good day,

    i started working in a restaurant company june 27, 2013- and end of contract is june 27 2015 I would like actually to resign a bit earlier like just a week earlier to pass my resignation , for example i want to leave june 13 2015,
    is the company can make a ban for me? if i did not complete exactly the date of the end of contract, and do they have the rights to send me in my home country? even i have already my job offer? do they have the rights to hold my passport?

  236. Hi sir Deepak, i’m working here in Abu Dhabi And my contract here is limited contract. and i already finished my two years contract and i already renew, and i’am 3 years now, i have a plan to resign and find a new job. what if i found a new job . may i know i will get a labour ban?if yes? even i’am degree holder (college graduate) and my salary is 5k up?kindly explain?clearly.thanks!

      1. Hello Deepak,

        Two queries for yourself to kindly help with:

        1. In what cases is this labour ban applicable, please?
        2. If a resignation has been submitted by a confirmed employee on an unlimited contract with 7 years of work-ex with the same company, is this employee entitled to take some accrued days of annual leave during her notice period or is this illegal?


  237. Hi sir, my co worker and i, pass our resignation for one month notice, in our situation we dont have any manger who will receive it, we gave it to our employer but he did not sign it, does our notice will be valid after a month?

      1. Hi Mr. Deepak,

        In my husband case he gave 1 month noticed of resignation (April 2, 2015) but the employer withdraw this in promised of relocation. AFter 1 month, no relocation took place and my husband pursuing the previous resignation. The employer is aking for another 1 month notice as they said that the previous resignation was invalid. Now he filed a complaint to labour relations. Employer keeps on calling and threatening my husband that they will file abscond case. Please advise. Unlimited contract August 09 2013.Thanks Janice

        1. Janice,
          You should also file complaint about employer harassing your husband with threats.
          Also file complaint with Dubai Police.

  238. Hello sir i am an employee with unlimited contract and as per my labor contract it will end on 29th of june but i am on leave vacation now as of may 9. Im planning to pass my 1 month notice on the 29th of may. Is it possible to pass my notice letter while on my leave vacation?Thank you sir.

      1. Hi Mr Deepak would you please advise me that i workd for a company in Dubai last 4 years unlimited visa and i got a new offer in Dubai it self need to join on urgent basis can i ask my present company to cancell my visa on urgent basis awaiting for your reply Best Regards

  239. i’m working in an italian restaurant in dubai i changed my uniform in the chiller for the first time and my company wants to terminate me,and am still on proportional period please help me what should i do?

    1. Obinna,
      Company has the right to terminate employees in probation period.
      I am not too aware of your internal company policies.

  240. I am on unlimited contract , Employer has decided to cancel my contract with in 08 months. Do i will get a Auto Labor Ban. My Employer is ready to GIVE ME NOC as well and my New employer is giving me Salary 5.5 k … can you tell me will i get a labour ban or not ?

      1. no NOC for automatic ban but he can lift the ban with showing 5000/- or more salary.

  241. Hi,
    I am working in Abu Dhabi with limited contract. another 6 month is pending to complete my contract. If i want to resign from this company what is the notice period to maintain as per UAE labor law.

    As per my job offer my contract is unlimited and three month is the notice period. While joining time i was not aware UAE law. But later i understood i signed the contract with limited but nothing mentioned about notice period.

    1. Anoop,
      Usually notice period is 1 month. If you break your limited contract, you will face 1 year ban.

  242. hi…i’m working already at 6 months in this company with a very low salary…and i want to transfer to another company with big offer…what will i do? so that i can transfer without any problem…pls .help

  243. any one guide

    I have given resignation on 8 april for notice period, for which i suppose i should get the notice period salary. Now my company is saying as my visa is getting over by 17 april soo we will only pay you till 17 only. Kindly guide me

    1. Vimlesh,
      That is not right. They must pay until the last day you worked with them.

  244. Hi, I am working with an unlimited contract since 1 years and 8 months in Abu Dhabi.
    I gave my resignation to my HR and wanted to leave the position in one month.
    The HR rejected it : ‘your resignation letter is not accepted”
    What I have to do? Can they do that?
    Thank you

  245. I have finished my earlier 2 year contract. This is my renewal contract is going, i would like to resign now giving them one month notice. How much visa charges i have to pay as i come under adm staff in a school? Please let me know

    1. Rohita,
      That will depend on what is mentioned on your contract.
      It is illegal for companies to seek such reimbursements.

  246. Hi deepak. My contract is finish on Dec 2. But my visa is expired on Jan 6. I need to resign within dec 2. So can i resigned job on dec 2? or i should stay within visa expired. Can you explain me this? My contract is limited period. Can you email me?

    1. Ibrahim,
      You should resign when there is one month pending in your contract so as to provide notice period.

  247. hi, i have completed my one year in a company in uae with limited contract. now i have given my resignation. will there be a ban for me from labour side or company side, if there, how can i lift it. will it affects me if i am joining in a freezone company. please reply.

    1. Ani,
      Yes, Read:

  248. Dear Deepak,
    After working 15 months with my company under i have resigned with one month notice period as per Labour Law. I submitted the resignation on 30th march and i wish to serve the notice from 1st April to 30 April , however my manager has accepted the resignation on 2nd April and written last working day 7th April.
    Please advise me if my employer is liable to pay my salary till 7th April or as per the notice period for full month. What is the UAE labour law says about it in case if the employer is not accepting my notice period and releasing me before time.

  249. I have worked as a Manager for a company twenty plus years and have submitted my resignation with 30 days notice. Already 15 days have passed and my company has not accepted my resignation up to now. There is an investigation going on with in the company at the moment against some senior employees who are under suspension now. I have had nothing to do with any of those investigations in any way.
    Can my company stop me from resigning or is there a law in UAE where it says no employee can resign when there is an on going investigation with i a company. Please advise. Thank you

    1. Umesh,
      No, your company can not stop you from resigning unless there is a charge against you.
      UAE Labour Law does not explicitly mention these details. However, companies are required to respect the notice period.

  250. hi. i resigned from my current company because i will be working in another company and gave 1 month notice. they have accepted it. but it is only a week left and they have not found my replacement yet. and they asked me to stay for few more weeks. the company i will be joining does not accept the “few more weeks” late in joining them. is it legal if my current company does not cancel my visa after the notice period which they accepted. note: the current company gave me a “letter of acceptance of resignation”

    1. Gina,
      Your current company should relieve you within 1 month after your notice period.

  251. Dear Deepak,

    please clarify me few things. i had resigned from a company within 4months since joining. i was not in company visa. and also probationary period was not completed. now i got another job. will the old employer can create any issues? and also, for Freezone and non-freezone employees, what’s the minimum duration for work after the confirmation received.?

    1. Rekha,
      sorry, you query is confusing to me! Not clear.
      Did you have labour card. If yes, there may be labour ban.

  252. hi, I have a One year labor ban, my contract is Unlimited. I worked with them for 4 months only. I filed a complaint at MOL cuz they don’t want to cancel my visa and give my passport. however, Im wondering can I still look for a job in a FREEZONE company even if I have a 1 year ban?

  253. Dear Deepak,

    I have completed 22 months and given a resignation of one month. One month period completed but still employer is refused to cancel my visa. Can i approach a labour department. Will be any ban applicable for me. I have an engineer visa + my new offered salary is 15000.

    1. Nilmann,
      Yes, you could approach MOL.
      As per your new salary, you will not face any labour ban.

  254. HI Sir,

    I am working with Free zone LLC IT company in Dubai Internet city. I have VISA of 3 years and also my employer signed one contract with me that if i resigned before 3 years then i have to pay bond breaking amount . and official notice period which is mentioned in offer letter is 30 days.

    I have completed 9 month and want to resign from this company . just want to ask after paying this bond breaking amount and 30 days notice period . will they allow me me to go or they can also create a problem because i am fearing it is small company they dont have any policy and procedures.

    and still my 18 Days leave are pending as per the offer letter 2 days per month. will they pay me for this or can they count this leave as my notice period days.

    I want your suggestion before i resign.

    Please suggest .

    will the hope of positive result .Thanks.

    1. Ricky,
      They have no legal way to keep you waiting after you have fulfilled their requirements.
      The leave encashment depends on the company policies. Some companies pay and others do not pay!
      You should ask your HR.

      1. Thank for the reply,

        as this is new company there is no policy . what should i do in this.