Changing Jobs

If you decide to leave a company before the end of your contract you will require permission from your existing employer in the form of an NOC. Your employer will also need to cancel your residence visa. You will then be able to switch to a new job and your new employer will process a new residence visa and labour card. 

Officially, anyone working in the private sector who breaks their contract could face a six month ban from working for any other company in the UAE (if you are working in a free zone, this ban may be restricted to jobs within that free zone only). However, banning rules are increasingly relaxed and job transfers have become much more flexible. Stay on good terms with your employer, and you shouldn’t face a problem. If you complete your contract period, either two or three years, you can legally move jobs without an NOC. Always check if there is a non-compete clause in your contract, particularly if your new role is with a direct competitor to your current employer. 

There are some exceptions where you can transfer your sponsorship without the approval of your current sponsor; such as death of your sponsor, change of company ownership, company closure and cancellation of your company’s trade licence.

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