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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

UAE TO CONDUCT BACKGROUND SECURITY CHECK ON EXPAT WORKERS SOON

The UAE Government is expecting a Cabinet decision to be approved anytime soon mandated to start security check on foreign workers including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) working in the country.        Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation,  Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, said that the principle of background security checks on expats by the Cabinet in October last year. With the emergence of a Jordanian man who was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year-old boy last year, the call to stricter security check on foreign workers grew louder.         With more than 4.5 million expats working and living in their country, Emiratis want to make sure every worker is free of any criminal records, regardless of their country of origin or nationality.   Hamad Al Rahoumi, a member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) said that he did not feel safe without knowing the expat workers' background. He wanted to make sure every chauffeur that drives his family’s car is free of a criminal record. “It comes down to authorities conducting security checks before issuing work permits,” he said. He also wonder why security clearance certificates are required from Emiratis but not from expatriates.  The OFWs, on the other hand,cannot be allowed by the government to work outside the country without a clearance issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) duly authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Any criminal records are being checked during the process ensuring that the worker applying to work overseas has no existing derogatory criminal records.



The UAE Government is expecting a Cabinet decision to be approved anytime soon mandated to start security check on foreign workers including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) working in the country.



The UAE Government is expecting a Cabinet decision to be approved anytime soon mandated to start security check on foreign workers including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) working in the country.        Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation,  Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, said that the principle of background security checks on expats by the Cabinet in October last year. With the emergence of a Jordanian man who was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year-old boy last year, the call to stricter security check on foreign workers grew louder.         With more than 4.5 million expats working and living in their country, Emiratis want to make sure every worker is free of any criminal records, regardless of their country of origin or nationality.   Hamad Al Rahoumi, a member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) said that he did not feel safe without knowing the expat workers' background. He wanted to make sure every chauffeur that drives his family’s car is free of a criminal record. “It comes down to authorities conducting security checks before issuing work permits,” he said. He also wonder why security clearance certificates are required from Emiratis but not from expatriates.  The OFWs, on the other hand,cannot be allowed by the government to work outside the country without a clearance issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) duly authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Any criminal records are being checked during the process ensuring that the worker applying to work overseas has no existing derogatory criminal records.



Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation,  Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, said that the principle of background security checks on expats by the Cabinet in October last year.
With the emergence of a Jordanian man who was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year-old boy last year, the call to stricter security check on foreign workers grew louder.







With more than 4.5 million expats working and living in their country, Emiratis want to make sure every worker is free of any criminal records, regardless of their country of origin or nationality. 


Hamad Al Rahoumi, a member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) said that he did not feel safe without knowing the expat workers' background. He wanted to make sure every chauffeur that drives his family’s car is free of a criminal record. “It comes down to authorities conducting security checks before issuing work permits,” he said.
He also wonder why security clearance certificates are required from Emiratis but not from expatriates.

The OFWs, on the other hand,cannot be allowed by the government to work outside the country without a clearance issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) duly authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Any criminal records are being checked during the process ensuring that the worker applying to work overseas has no existing derogatory criminal records.


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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DUBAI: GET HEALTH INSURANCE BEFORE DECEMBER 31 TO AVOID FINES

Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.  Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.   The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.   No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.  This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).  Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.     DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.  The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.    The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.     “It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.  “It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.  Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.  “Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.  The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.  The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.  However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.  But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.  The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.  Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.  The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.  Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.  While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.     The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.  The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.   There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.  There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.  There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.  There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.  There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.  There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.  Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.  There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system. Source: Gulf News



Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.

Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.
 
The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.
HANGGANG DECEMBER 31 NA LANG ANG PALUGIT PARA SA MGA WALA PANG HEALTH INSURANCE. WALANG VISA RENEWAL SA MGA DUBAI RESIDENTS KUNG WALANG MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AYON SA DUBAI HEALTH AUTHORITY. MAGBABAYAD PA NG MULTA NA 500 DIRHAMS KADA BUWAN..Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.  Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.   The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.   No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.  This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).  Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.     DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.  The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.    The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.     “It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.  “It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.  Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.  “Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.  The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.  The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.  However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.  But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.  The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.  Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.  The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.  Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.  While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.     The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.  The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.   There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.  There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.  There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.  There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.  There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.  There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.  Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.  There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system. Source: Gulf News

 No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.

This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.

Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.  Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.   The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.   No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.  This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).  Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.     DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.  The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.    The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.     “It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.  “It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.  Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.  “Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.  The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.  The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.  However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.  But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.  The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.  Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.  The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.  Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.  While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.     The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.  The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.   There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.  There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.  There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.  There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.  There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.  There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.  Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.  There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system. Source: Gulf News


DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.

The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.



The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.

Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.  Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.   The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.   No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.  This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).  Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.     DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.  The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.    The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.     “It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.  “It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.  Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.  “Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.  The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.  The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.  However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.  But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.  The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.  Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.  The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.  Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.  While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.     The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.  The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.   There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.  There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.  There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.  There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.  There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.  There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.  Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.  There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system. Source: Gulf News


“It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.

“It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.

Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.

“Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.

The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.

The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.

However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.

But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.

The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.

Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.

The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.

Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.

While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.




The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.

The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.

 There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.

There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.

There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.

There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.

There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.

There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.

Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.

There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system.

Source: Gulf News
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Monday, October 10, 2016

THIS OFW IN DUBAI PROCESSED THE RENEWAL OF HIS PASSPORT FOR ONLY 30 MINUTES!


Tristan, an OFW based in DUBAI detailed about the new developments while renewing his passport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has this to say:

"Today I went to the Philippine Consulate here in Dubai to renew my expiring passport. Knowing how dreadful and long this day could be, I decided to bring some of my favorite magazines to accompany me along with a big bottle of water and some sweets.
The last time I renewed my passport here in Dubai was almost a nightmare. It's not only because it took me the whole day to complete the processing but also because of the mean and rude government satff. Nakakaawa yung ibang OFW na para bang utang na loob sa gobyerno ang kumuha ng bagong pasaporte.
But what happened today was a totally different scenario. Believe me or not, it only took me 30 minutes to complete the processing. And the staff and crew were very helpful, kind and efficient. Hindi ko na nga nabasa o nabuklat man lang ang mga dala-dala kong babasahin.

Many of Filipino people today will not see and feel this gradual change, well at least not for now. Lalo na yung mga Pilipino na hindi umaalis ng kanilang mala-palasyong bahay o yung mga hindi bumababa sa kanilang magagarang sasakyan. Pero kaming mga sinasabi na nasa laylayan, lalo na ang mga OFW na gaya ko ay ramdam ang mistulang pagbabago sa ihip ng hangin - unti unti na kaming minamahal at binibigyan ng respeto at ng halaga ng ating gobyerno.

Mga ma'am and sir, may mga magaganda pong nangyayari sa'ting bansa. Naway 'wag po tayo palaging maging alipin ng mga mali at malisyosong pinapahayag ng media. Meron din pong mga magagandang balita na gaya neto."







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Monday, December 28, 2015

UAE MIGHT RE-HIRE PHILIPPINES HOUSEKEEPERS AGAIN, IF MAID'S PROTECTION WILL BE GUARANTEED!


There is a chance that UAE will be opening its doors again for kasambahay or household service workers if the talks will pursue and mutually beneficial to both parties, and maid's protection will be guaranteed.

Gulf News reported that:
"The UAE and Philippine labour officials will hold their second round of discussions on the issue of re-sending Filipino maids to the UAE in the first quarter of 2016.


UAE employers have not been able to hire maids directly from the Philippines since June 2014 due to conflicting recruitment rules from the UAE and labour-sending countries like the Philippines.
The issue arose when the Ministry of Interior introduced a unified contract for domestic workers that led to the suspension of various embassies’ role in verifying and attesting contracts, including the Philippines.
But the Philippines insists that based on their domestic laws, they are mandated to verify and record these contracts to protect their workers.


With the suspension of contract verification, no maids could be hired directly from the Philippines legally. This is a problem for many residents since Filipina maids are the preferred house help in the country.
Cruz said the second round of talks is expected to happen in the first quarter of 2016. Once all matters are agreed upon, an agreement is expected to be signed between the two countries in the following months."
Read the rest of the news entry here


SURVEY SA MGA OFW. SAANG BANSA MEDYO MAAYOS MAGING KASAMBAHAY?
Posted by PEBA, Inc. on Sunday, December 27, 2015
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UAE EXPATS AND OVERSEAS FILIPINOS, SOME GOOD NEWS STARTING JANUARY 2016


With the introduction of the new UAE labor laws to be implemented this January 2016, some info's are starting to come out. As reported in the 24/7 UAE news organization, the 6-months ban for workers who end their job even without completing the two year contract, provided, the employer and the employee are in mutual agreement.


 "UAE Ministry of Labour has confirmed that the ban of six months will be cancelled beginning January if the work permit and employment are terminated in mutual agreement.

Who are those in LEVEL 1,2 and 3?


LEVEL 1- Professions include: Manager, Engineer, Doctor, Teacher, Accountant, Accounts Clerk, Marketing Specialist, Quantity Surveyor, Draftsman, Executive Secretary, Pharmacist, Administration Officer, Reservation Officer, Safety Officer, Public Relations Officer, Computer Operator, Advertising Designer, Graphic Arts Draftsman etc.
LEVEL 2 - Technical, Technicians and Mechanical related professions.
LEVEL 3 - Sales Executive, Sales Representative, Sales Supervisor, Site Supervisor, Administration Clerk, Correspondence Clerk, Customs Clearing Clerk, Ticketing Clerk, Cash Desk Clerk, Receptionist, Cashier, Store Keeper, Tourist Guide etc. 

According to the 24/7 News, "the Ministry, employees will be allowed new work permits to join another facility immediately, even if the employee has not completed two years at the first facility.

However, the Ministry confirmed that workers under level IV and V who have not completed six months with the first establishment will be excluded from this rule.

The new rule is part of the new resolutions issued by Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash in September and which will be effective in January."




"Humaid Rashid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary at Ministry of Labour, told Al Bayan that under the new resolution, employees who end their service in agreement with the establishments and cancel their work permits will be allowed to move to other establishments, even if they have not completed two years at the workplace.
However, workers in levels IV and V who have not completed six months with the first facility are exempted from this rule, he added.
Al Suwaidi said that currently workers who terminate their service through consensus and have completed two years are also not allowed to move to another facility immediately. They are allowed to join another job only after a period of six months from the date of cancellation of the work permit, he added.
As per the new resolution No. 766 of 2015 workers will be granted new work permits immediately beginning January, explained Al Suwaidi and added that this is so as long as both the parties fulfill the conditions agreed upon in the labour contract signed between them."
image from NY Times. Q and A on DUBAI law here
news Source: 24/7
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Friday, December 04, 2015

NAIA Theft vs. Baggage Handler Stole Toothbrush from Passenger in Dubai.


In a report
"A baggage handler at Dubai airport has been sentenced to three months in jail for stealing a toothbrush from a passenger’s luggage. Dubai Court of First Instance heard the Pakistani also took an Apple iPhone charger as he loaded bags on to a plane at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3. The 24-year-old was spotted taking the items by a security guard, who confronted the worker shortly after the theft on May 1.

The baggage handler was later arrested and put on trial accused of theft. In court, he told Judge Mohammed Jamal he had been hungry and opened a passenger’s bag looking for food. He said: “I opened some bags searching for snacks or sweets. I found the toothbrush and the charger and took them instead.” Prosecutors said an Emirati security officer, aged 30, tasked with monitoring CCTV footage spotted the handler acting suspicious. He said: “I saw him open a passenger’s bag and steal something before loading it on the airplane. “


At first he denied opening the bags and stealing but later he took a toothbrush and phone charger from his pocket. We called Dubai Police, who came and arrested him.” During the investigation, the accused said he would open passengers’ bags to steal anything he could find."
Source here

Compare that to the baggage handlers caight with evidence at the NAIA Airport



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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

How To Get Family Residence Visa in UAE


One of the biggest challenge an OFW face is being away from his/her family. Being far specially from their spouse causes misunderstanding and marital problems which sometimes leads to broken family. Strengthening our family relationship is not an easy thing to do, but one of the ways we could do this is by sticking together as a family. Sure it is not easy specially if you are an OFW living in the Middle East. But our efforts and sacrifices are worth all the troubles if through this we could keep our family intact. 





Just like the Family Status application process to unite families of OFWs and expats in Saudi Arabia. We tried to gather information from our friends who are currently in Dubai to have an idea how things are done. 


The following is a guide on how an OFW working in Dubai can bring his family with him, or how to get Family Residence Visa. The information published here is from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA)









In order to obtain the non-employment Residence Visa here are:


Requirements/Criteria:
Your monthly salary should not be less than AED 4000 or AED 3000 + accommodation. 

If you want to sponsor a residence visa for your parents, your minimum monthly salary should be AED 10,000. See residence visa for parents separately.



Documents Required:
• Typed Application form
• Salary certificate (for government employee) or attested work contract (other employees)
• 3 months bank statement for long-time residents. New residents can submit 1 month bank statement or bank letter confirming salary transfer.
Attested tenancy contract, Emirates ID card and labour card
• Marriage certificate that has been attested by UAE authorities (for UAE marriages) or in your home country for spouse sponsorship
• Passports (original) and copies of both sponsor and family member/s
• Medical check-up report of spouse or children over 15 years of age from authorized hospital/clinic
• 3 passport photos of family member

Fees:

• AED 310 Application fee + and you might also need to pay someone in filling up the forms in Arabic 

• AED 15 Empost label (Optional) 


Procedure: 


1. Ensure that you take your spouse/child over 15 for a health check-up and obtain a Medical Certificate. 

2. Go to any authorized typing office & get application form typed and pay the fees. 

3. Go to GDRFA and submit application form, along with supporting documents to receive the residence visa stamp on your family member's passport. 


This information may change subject to the Government of Dubai. 

Please note that Residence Visa should also be renewed every 2 years. Residence Visa also becomes invalid if you leave UAE for more than 6 months, and you will have to reprocess again in order to return. 



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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Filipina In Dubai Pleaded Guilty Of Forging UAE Visas Of Fellow Filipinos

We often hear of OFWs being abused. When living abroad as OFW, it would always be nice to know another Filipino whom we can trust. But what would you do if you sought for the help of a fellow Filipino only to find out later that the person you have trusted has swindled you. 

A 25 year old Filipina working in Dubai as travel consultant was reported to have embezzled DH64,000 or approximately Php774,000.

She pleaded guilty and told judge Ezzat Abdul Lat at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday, “Yes, I forged the visas and took the money for myself,” 



The Filipina travel consultant managed the forging by printing out the authentic visa forms obtained from Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs online system. She made several photocopies and tampered the tourists details before sending it to potential tourists- who thought that they were getting valid/ authentic visas. 

Her employer learned of the forging she has done when two Filipino victims called their office to complain about the forged visas they received. 

When her employer confronted her she admitted that she forged the visas as well as the receipts on file to cover up what she was doing. 

The ruling on her case will be heard on May 28. 

Source: http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/courts/travel-consultant-sold-forged-visas-to-tourists-1.1493296




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Monday, April 13, 2015

Filipina Tried To Abort Baby, Caught In Dubai Airport


Dubai: A maid has been accused of spiking Coca-Cola with Panadol and taking pills to terminate a pregnancy after she had unmarried sex with her boyfriend.
Dubai International Airport’s paramedic teams rushed the 30-year-old Filipina maid, J.B., to hospital after she collapsed in pain and bled profusely due to the illegal abortion she attempted shortly before boarding a plane for her country in January.
Image from Coco Panadol via Twitter.
 Dubai: A maid has been accused of spiking Coca-Cola with Panadol and taking pills to terminate a pregnancy after she had unmarried sex with her boyfriend.
Dubai International Airport’s paramedic teams rushed the 30-year-old Filipina maid, J.B., to hospital after she collapsed in pain and bled profusely due to the illegal abortion she attempted shortly before boarding a plane for her country in January.Prosecutors charged the Filipina with having unmarried sex with her countryman, J., who left the UAE a few months back, and trying to get rid of the foetus after taking banned abortion pills.

J.B. entered a guilty plea and confessed that she tried to carry out the abortion herself when she appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.


“Yes, I had consensual sex with J., who impregnated me. I also took abortion pills,” the Filipina told presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi.

After she recovered from the operation she claimed to police interrogators that she met J. in July 2014 and they had a love affair, according to records.

“We had sex several times. On the day of the incident, I went to the airport with my sponsor who had cancelled my residency and wanted me to go back home. A week before I collapsed at the airport, I purchased two abortion pills from M. for Dh400 after I met him in a mall. I took Panadol and Coca- Cola and used the abortion pills,” she claimed.


Read the whole story at GulfNews
http://m.gulfnews.com/news/uae/maid-accused-of-attempted-abortion-1.1490519 
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Filipina In Abu Dhabi Caught Trying To Rob A Money Exchange?




video courtesy of Abu Dhabi Police

According to reports, a Filipina expatriate in Abu Dhabi  has disguised herself last Thursday,  by wearing an abaya and tarha while carrying a plastic gun as she tried to rob a money exchange. 

Policemen said, they were able to take the 33 year old woman into custody after one of the employees alerted them. The CCTV footage showed that she threatened the employees with the concealed weapon, which was later found out to be a plastic gun. 

The woman said that she did it in order to pay her debt amounting to Dh 140,000. 

Abu Dhabi police bust attempted robbery at money exchange.




Watching through the video though no face has been shown, we doubt that a Filipino has done this or will do this. We asked the Philippine embassy or the consulate to look into this matter and issue a statement if necessary.

Photo, video and news from http://yhoo.it/1CizckA

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