UAE to Revoke 6 Month Ban on Foreign Workers Seeking New Jobs Starting Jan. 1

Expatriates in the United Arab Emirates can breathe a sigh of relief as the country’s Ministry of Labour announced that it will revoke the six month ban rule once employers and workers agree to terminate labor relationship.

Starting Jan. 1, the currently imposed six-month ban will no longer be implemented if services are terminated in mutual agreement between the employer and employee, Arabic daily Al Bayan reported.

The move was in line with new resolutions issued by Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash in September.

The new development, aimed at attracting and retaining talent and in line with government’s strategic goal of moving towards a knowledge-based economy, allows workers to seek new employment after obtaining consent from employers even if they have not completed two years at their workplace.

However, workers in grade IV and V who have not completed six months with the first job are exempted from this rule.

The current arrangement does not allow workers to move to new employment even when they complete their two-year service. They can only be allowed to join another job after serving a period of six months from the cancellation of their work permit.

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