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UAE extends exit grace period after job loss, retirement

 

DUBAI – The UAE is extending the grace period for residence visa holders to exit the country after a job loss or retirement, an official said.

The regulation was announced as part of a string of UAE visa reforms on Sunday (September 5).

Under the new rules, the extension of the grace period to exit the country once one’s visa expires or is cancelled after a job loss or retirement will be for 90 to 180 days, instead of 30.

“We are relaxing the grace period one gets to leave the country after being made redundant. Instead of the previous 30 days, people will have 90 to 180 days to leave the country,” said Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade.

This means that expatriates who lost their job will be able to stay in the UAE for three to six months, instead of within 30 days.

The move is aimed at helping employees get enough time to search for a new job, while helping the UAE retain talent.

“The measures have been introduced to enhance the competitiveness and flexibility of the UAE labour market, facilitate sector growth, spur knowledge transfer and skills development, and create greater stability and security for residents,” according to the UAE Government Media Office in a statement. ICA/Expat Media


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