As per the the Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday, all expats applying for work permits in private or public sectors, must now pass a ‘database procedure’ that ensures that suitable Emiratis job seekers looking for the same job are not overlooked.
This new law is in accordance with Article 14 of the UAE Labor Law which states that the Labour Department may not give its approval to the employment of non-nationals until it is satisfied that there are no unemployed nationals registered with the employment section who are capable of performing the work required.
As per the ministry, that private companies that meet Emiratisation targets will be granted advantages such as discounts on fees and prestigious awards. The ministry also said that the private companies need not to worry on the impact of this new rule as they will be taking everything into consideration and will be taking a closer look on the situation.
“It is not permissible to issue a visa or a work permit (to an expat) for any job, which an Emirati is suitable for. The article since 1980 to date has not been implemented, and applied.”
The Council thus argued that a database must be created for all entities to ensure that – prior to issuing work permits for expats – government, semi-government and private entities have to make sure that there isn’t a suitable Emirati candidate available to fill the job opening.
The Council thus called for setting up special programmes for graduate students and specialised programmes for Emiratis to fill positions held by expats and recommended that all work permits to only be issued if job openings cannot be filled by Emiratis, which the Minister agreed on.
source: Khaleej Times