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Old 20th July 2010, 08:19 AM
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I have been working for one employer in Dubai for a year and have recently left due to a number of unbearable workplace related issues. I have been offered another job in Dubai. My ex employer is not responding to my requests for a NOC. My contract say nothing. Does anyone have any experience in relation to the labour laws and the pressure I can apply to obtain an NOC or override the requirement? Is there a time period in between jobs that must be served eg 6 months? Can my new employer apply some pressure?

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This is a common issue here, it will all depend on how old your visa is (I assume that it is over 1 year old) If it is over 1 year old you can go to the Labour office and they will arrange for him to provide you with a NOC. Howevr if it is less than 1 year old you will be looking at a ban and may even have to pay the old employer back the fees for the visa.

This all depends that you didn't sign a letter that prevents you from moving to another company in the same field.

If you encounter any issues after doing this and you still find yourself with a ban then you will be able to solve the problem with a lawyer.

In order to give you this information I asked one of the Lawyers in my office and they said that they would be able to assist you if you need it. pm me for there contact details if you get stuck

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If you are working or moving to a free zone company, you do not need an NOC.
If its not, you really have to speak with your employer to get this NOC. That's the most common problem here for changing job. If they give u a ban, talk to your new employer, im sure they will help you with this.

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If you are working or moving to a free zone company, you do not need an NOC.
If its not, you really have to speak with your employer to get this NOC. That's the most common problem here for changing job. If they give u a ban, talk to your new employer, im sure they will help you with this.
No No if you are moving to a free zone company you will still need approval from your old sponsor (assuming that you previous company was not a free zone company) after all your visa is in his name and he will need to aggree that you are free to leave with no objections from him.

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No No if you are moving to a free zone company you will still need approval from your old sponsor (assuming that you previous company was not a free zone company) after all your visa is in his name and he will need to aggree that you are free to leave with no objections from him.

This is incorrect. If you are moving to free zone company, you DO NOT need NOC. Your company just have to cancel your visa and the free zone company will apply for your new visa. We are under the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre which is under free zone.

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This is incorrect. If you are moving to free zone company, you DO NOT need NOC. Your company just have to cancel your visa and the free zone company will apply for your new visa. We are under the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre which is under free zone.
Granted but you will still need to recieve approval from your current sponsor regarding the status of the visa..... as if you have stayed in your current job for less than 1 year you will be required to pay him back the fees..... unless you have a good understanding with him or your company.

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My understanding is it is illegal for you to pay for your visa, no matter what. Even if they put it in your contract, its still illegal. All visa costs were suppose to be paid by the employer.

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My understanding is it is illegal for you to pay for your visa, no matter what. Even if they put it in your contract, its still illegal. All visa costs were suppose to be paid by the employer.
This is a tough one, very few contracts over here are valid for one year, so in this sence if you leave before your employment contract is over you will be required to pay the expences that your company paid out for your visa etc.... In a way it will be concidered as breach of contract.

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This is a tough one, very few contracts over here are valid for one year, so in this sence if you leave before your employment contract is over you will be required to pay the expences that your company paid out for your visa etc.... In a way it will be concidered as breach of contract.
I am not an expert, but from what I have read on this forum (and some people are quite knowledgeable here), reimbursement of any visa expense is illegal, whether you work for one month or year or 10 years

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I am not an expert, but from what I have read on this forum (and some people are quite knowledgeable here), reimbursement of any visa expense is illegal, whether you work for one month or year or 10 years
In who's eyes????

It may be unfair and harsh but there is no law against it, in most cases it is set out as a point in your employment contract

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