Day: August 4, 2007
By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter / GULF NEWS Published: August 03, 2007, 23:12
Dubai: In order to control the labour market in the country and to avoid confusion, the Ministries of Interior and Labour, have set up specific rules regarding transfer of sponsorship for expatriates.
A woman who wishes to transfer her sponsorship from a company to her husband, has to apply for a new entry visa.
If an employee wishes to change his or her job, the person needs to change sponsorship and follow the requirements of the Ministry of Labour. If approved, then the naturalisation and residency department will issue a new residency visa for the applicant.
A No Objection Certificate (NOC) to transfer sponsorship is necessary with the former sponsor’s approval and including the recent sponsor’s signature.
Expatriates who receive a ban from the Labour Ministry will automatically get a ban stamped on their passports by the residency department.
Transfer of sponsorship is subject to Article No 68 Residency Law of the Interior Ministry.
1) Government to government: If the application for transfer is from a government authority, establishment or government company, to a similar firm in the government sector, the following conditions shall be applicable:
Approval of the previous sponsor and the new sponsor and also the approval of the residency department for the application.
A fee set by the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Interior, has to be paid. The applicant will also need the attestation of the Residency Department to the application.
3) Public to private sector: If the application is for transfer of sponsorship from the public sector to the private sector, the following conditions apply: Approval of the previous sponsor and the new sponsor. Attestation by the Ministry of Labour is required if the sponsored person is among categories subject to the Labour Law. Approval of residency department to the application is a must.
4) Private to private sector: If the transfer is between private sector companies, the following conditions apply: Approval of the previous sponsor, the new sponsor and the Ministry of Labour, if the job is among the categories subject to Labour Law. The sponsored person must hold a valid residency visa and must have spent at least a year working in his job.
5) Family to private sector: In case the application for transfer is from an expatriate sponsored by his or her parents or family to the private sector, the following conditions shall be applicable: Approval of the previous sponsor and the new sponsor. Attestation by the Ministry of Labour is required if the person is among the categories subject to the Labour Law. Approval of the residency department is also needed.
500 plane tickets donated to help amnesty seekers
By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter / GULF NEWS Published: August 03, 2007, 23:12
Abu Dhabi: An organisation from the Indian state of Kerala has donated 500 plane tickets for amnesty seekers who cannot afford to pay for their way home, a senior state official said here.
The decision to give the donation was taken by a meeting at Malayali Samajam here and convened by Non Resident Keralite Affairs Department (NORKA-Roots), said general manager S. Mohammad Najeeb, who was deputed by Kerala Chief Minister to the UAE. “It was decided to provide various facilities for needy amnesty seekers including at least 500 free air tickets initially,” he said.
M.A.Yousuf Ali, a prominent businessman who chaired the meeting, as Director of NORKA-Roots, offered to donate 100 plane tickets. “The rest of the tickets will be arranged by a special committee formed at the meeting,” said Najeeb, who has also been elected as the ex-officio chairman of the committee.
About 25 Keralite community organisations which participated in the meeting will work together to arrange the rest of the 400 tickets, said Ansar Chirayinkeezh, Chairman of the committee and also the president of the Samajam.
Food and water
Transportation for all amnesty seekers from the Indian Embassy to Al Watbha which is about 40 kilometres away from the city, has been arranged by Ali’s EMKE group. He has also offered to provide 2,400 bottles of water everyday until the end of grace period.
Several other Indian organisations and individuals are providing food for more than 1,000 amnesty seekers everyday, said Ansar.
Ali said the community has to ensure that a maximum number of illegal workers are taking advantage of the opportunity given by the UAE government. “There might not be an amnesty after this. We have to educate people about the risk and hardship of being illegals in a foreign land.”
Najeeb said he will convene similar meetings of Keralite organisations in Dubai and Sharjah and take measures to help the needy amnesty seekers.
So far more than 100,000 illegal residents have got their status legalised or have been issued outpasses by residency departments across the country.
Officials had said the number of amnesty seekers would increase at the end of the deadline which is September 3, but the figures have been disappointing, according to officials.
After the amnesty, police will set up checkpoints across the country to arrest the illegals.
Seeing a world with sound
By Siham Al Najami, Staff Reporter/GULF NEWS Published: August 03, 2007, 23:12
Dubai: Imagine a world with no colour, a personal world with no boundaries, a world without any visual inputs.
One such world belongs to Dana Nashwati, a 20- year-old who lost her sight at the age of 13 after a severe bout of flu, which affected the nerves around her eyes. She can still see a blur of colours and shapes in her dreams, although it is now gradually turning into only shades and sounds.
She can still visualise things by learning to identify the characteristics of an object. “I still use colours to identify people I haven’t seen before losing my eyesight. I visualise individuals by giving them a colour by the sound of their voice,” said Nashwati.
Khalfan Bin Dhaher (left), Ahmad Al Jafli (right) and members of the Blind Association.
She tries to help visually-impaired people to learn how to match colours to sounds. She is surrounded by her friends from the Blind Association, who occasionally escape busy schedules to enjoy a day with nature and good company.
Among the group is Khalfan Bin Daher, who was demonstrating his knowledge of guessing people’s age and skin colour by feeling their hands. In a few minutes he was able to correctly guess the age of the person next to him. “I don’t know how people look like, but through the sense of touch I can find out about the person’s age and skin colour,” said the 18-year-old.
“I can see light when it directly hits my eyes. That’s the only thing I can ‘see’, but I would love to learn how to match colours. I would like to know if red goes well with blue,” he said.
He explained that he sees things the way his imagination visualises it. “My dreams are usually shapeless and colourless. But then reality will always be defined by perception,” he said.
Ahmad Al Jafli, 20, enjoys listening and composing music. The media communications student and radio presenter said he can recognise the mood of a person by carefully listening to every unconscious movement and sound.
“People can control their expressions, but they are usually unconscious of certain movements due to discomfort, happiness,” he said.
Nashwati points out that people are increasingly taught to be visually-driven. “This undermines the significance of their other senses,” she said.
Mona and Sharifa Al Hashemi, they visualise objects by the sound they make. “I identify objects by listening to the sound they create. I dream with sounds,” said Mona.
All the group members were born visually impaired except for Nashwati.
“Losing your eyesight is obviously difficult, but your visual impairment is not always a restriction. The visual element can be deceptive at times. I learned to understand matters and people better because I take the time to listen to their views … you learn the art of listening,” she said.
The groups of friends feel the country needs more awareness about the needs and wants of visually impaired people. Most shopping malls and buildings are not accessible for the visually impaired, they said.
“We still have to depend on someone to get from one place to another. We all want our independence. We always try to challenge ourselves … but we need the resources and means,” Bin Daher said.
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