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I am totally frustrated and seeking advice from som long term expats here. I resigned my position last week and have requested that my employer cancel my visa so that a new visa can be processed by the new employer.

My employer is refusing to cancel my visa until after my last working day and somewhere between 1-30 days after my departure per UAE law. now, my new employer wants me in NY for a bit for training and my employer is aware of this but won't budge. I also want to be home with my family for Christmas. but iw ould need to physically be present for cancellation.

I am not sure what my options are here. I mean honestly.. i've resigned. they can cancel my visa in absentia however, I am told that if they do this, and do not present both me and my passport at the time of cancellation, then it is automatically logged as an absconded individual.

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Well given that the standard is 30 days notice, your employer is entitled to do what they are doing. They won't cancel your visa until after the notice period, plus they require your passport to cancel your visa.

Sadly it sounds like you really didn't think through the time scales for everything. Your employer is only acting as per the labour law. If you want them to do it any quicker, then they might be willing to do it if you give up a months salary in return of the 30 days notice - this can be standard practice.

Also what kind of contract do you have? If you are on a limited contract and have completed less than 2 years, this could get quite tricky.

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It would be helpful you talk with your current employer and let them know about your predicament. Otherwise try and talk to someone in the legal position as they would have a better option, they deal with such things everyday. It is highly ideal to get go through the visa cancellation procedures in UAE and then make an exit rather than being stamped as absconding. i have seen some of my friends say that they are so much frustrated and exit UAE without making going through the proper cancellation procedures and finally they have troubles in returning at some point in time.

Hope you will find a way!!

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