10 Legal Rights of Every Expatriate Worker In The UAE

These are some of the rights of every expatriate worker in the UAE :

  1. You are entitled to keep possession of all your personal identification documents once your residency permit is issued.
  2. If you are asked to sign a contract with different terms and conditions, even if you are advised that the changes are of advantage to you, report immediately to the nearest Labour Office, as contract substitution is illegal.
  3. If your employer fails to present you with a contract or provide you with work, the Labour Office will assist you in finding alternative employment.
  4. If your employer fails to present you with a work contract within one week of your arrival, report to the nearest Labour Office.
  5. To avoid violating the law, do not accept other employment without first reporting to a Labour Office.
  6. UAE law requires your employer to pay the costs of your recruitment and deployment including residency permit.
  7. Your contract must match your job offer, and you should keep a copy of your signed contract.
  8. You have the right to leave your job at any time, but be aware of your contractual obligations.
  9. The termination of your contract can be ended by the employer or the employee, and it can be by mutual consent.
  10. It is important for employees to follow the required legal steps for terminating a contract, as the Labour Office can help recover any dues that are owed to the employee and arrange placement in alternative employment if eligible to obtain a new work permit.
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