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A friend has had a rather tumultuous few months trying to employ a Sri Lankan lady to work as a Domestic Helper with his family in Dubai. He came across these major stumbling blocks along the way:

1. She requires a medical certificate from her home country, certified by the local authorities before she leaves the country

2. It is not enough to have an Emirati MOL contract signed by the employer, the employee and the MOL. It must also be certified by the Sri Lankan embassy here on payment of a US$400 non-refundable deposit (sic) or a refundable US$1,000 deposit.

3. The lady has to undergo a two-week training course back home before being allowed to leave the country

Going the DIY way was very painful as he found these things out by trial and error i.e. whenever the poor person went to the airport and tried to check in/go through immigration. Yet other people haven't had similar experiences.

Has anyone else had something similar? Are these regulations applicable only to Sri Lankans?
 

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The governments of quite a few countries, in the wider region, whose citizens usually come out to the gulf (or anywhere for that matter) for these types of jobs have recently introduced a whole set of different measures and initiatives aimed at protecting the potential worker and curtailing the many issues of rights abuses/wage disputes/job role etc etc etc ...

It is entirely possible that some of the things you mentioned are applicable only in the case of Sri Lanka and it's citizens, but others such as the Philippines, India etc also have new measures, that need to be completed prior to employment ...
 

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The alternative (which is what we did) is to take over the visa of someone already working here - whose sponsor is leaving the country.
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Steve
 
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