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25 Nov 2021

Keren Bobker, The National (UAE)

UAE: Discussion of workers' rights regarding co. obligations to provide visas

"'I have been with my employer since February and still don't have a work visa'," 20 Nov 2021

The company I work for has not obtained an Emirates ID card for me. I joined the company in February 2021 and they told me they would process my visa. But until now, I don’t have a valid visa or Emirates ID. This means I cannot even buy a local SIM card.

Three months ago, I went for a medical test and fingerprinting but still do not have an ID card. I went to Amer to check my status and discovered that I have been marked as overstaying.

I met the management of the company, who said they were dealing with the issue. They have deducted about Dh3,000 from my salary for the visa cost.