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Repatriation rules in UAE: Who pays and all you need to know

 

DUBAI – The repatriation of expatriate workers in the UAE is covered under the Labor Law. Expatmedia.net spoke to Abdulla U.C., legal consultant of FranGulf Legal and Business Consultants, on what the law says.

Here’s are the highlights:

What does the UAE law say on repatriation of expats?

Under the UAE law, the responsibility of repatriation is with the employee’s final employer. The expenses for repatriation shall be borne by the employer. According to article 131 of the Labor Code of the UAE, repatriation expenses means the travel ticket as per the employee’s contract.

When an employee terminates his or her contract, who shall bear the repatriation expenses?

The employer shall bear the repatriation expenses (cost of travel ticket) of the employee.

When an employee is on probation, who shall bear the repatriation expenses?

The employer shall bear the repatriation expenses (cost of travel ticket) of the employee.

What if you lost your job and want to be repatriated?

If you have lost your job due to the pandemic or due to any other reason and want to be repatriated to your home country, one important thing you need to know is the repatriation procedures in the UAE. In this case, you will have to get a clearance certificate from your consulate or embassy in the UAE.

If you are working under limited contract and leave your job before the end of the contract period, who will bear the repatriation cost?

The employer will bear the repatriation cost of the employee to their home country. However, the employee will be banned from working in the UAE within the contract period.

What are the repatriation procedures for housemaids?

Sometimes housemaids are treated badly at the homes where they work. In this scenario, they shall be repatriated to their home countries. As a first step, they need to approach their consulate or embassy in the UAE.

What are the repatriation procedures when an expat dies in the UAE?

When an expatriate dies in the UAE, a report has to be made by the police, forensic board and the deceased person’s consulate in the UAE.

 

Need legal help or assistance? FranGulf Legal Consultants have offices across the UAE to assist you in repatriation procedures, such as filing and collecting clearance papers from authorities.


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