Absconding

Anyone leaving the country or their job permanently without informing their employer and cancelling the residence visa with their sponsor will be classed as ‘absconding’ and may receive a ban; employers have to wait six months to report absconders who have left the country. If you remain in the country, that period is reduced to seven days. 

Absconders are reported to the Ministry of Labour, who then pass information on to the GDRFA and the Dubai police. If a ban is on your computer file, any applications from a new employer for a residence visa and labour card will be refused. Also, if you leave the country or are unaccountable for seven days in a row or 20 days in total, your company can terminate your employment contract without awarding you gratuity pay or any outstanding benefits. 

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