If you are working in the UAE, it is crucial for you to know the different types of visa ban rules that apply to the region.
A visa ban prohibits a person from entering the country or taking up a new job. It is important to know the dos and don’ts to make sure you avoid getting a ban.
Permanent residency ban:
This type of ban is applicable to any serious labour offense considered illegal or absconding. The federal department keeps record of banned individuals (fingerprint and scanned sample).
Labour ban is only executed under the following situations:
> On the expiry of contract, when on action is taken by the present employer’s end in relation to your employment.
> In case, if no new application is applied by different employer.
> Termination of unlimited labour contract before completing 1 year service.
> Termination of limited labour contract before date of expiry.
This ban denies the entry of the employee in the UAE. The reason depends. It may be a criminal offence, bad debt, bounced cheque, rape violence, rash drinking, drinking, theft, inappropriate relationship, etc. Immigration ban is also applicable when you have broken government rules and regulations.
This type of ban is also called work permit ban. You can work in the UAE for a limited period of time, but can be applicable for 6 months or permanently.
Candidates who left their job without legally binding reasons may be given a 6 month ban by the employer. This is imposed by the Labour ministry on the employee’s labour card or work permit.
Howsoever, this ban does not affect your entry in UAE. You can easily enter UAE on tourist or visit visa.
When you resign any job prior to its completion of limited contract, this is enforced. When you lose your case filed against labour ministry, this rule comes to exist. In this case, the employer needs to start the proceeding of work permit even before the expiry of the visa. The ban gets automatically activated, if new application is not forward well before expiry of work permit or visa.
First thing that you need to assure is that your current employer has executed proper action for extension of your employment contract, even before it expires. The employer needs to go to the Ministry of Labour. If changing jobs, you need to be sponsored by the new employer or else your labour card gets banned. Lastly, knowledge is power. Always keep up to date with the latest rules about Dubai visa and employment issues, as well as amendment to labour laws.