Gulf News | Staff Report
17 December 2016
Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation to handle all recruitment and employment applications for domestic workers
Abu Dhabi: Starting from the first quarter of 2017, recruitment and employment applications for domestic workers in the UAE will be handled by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, with the new procedure being rolled out in the emirate of Dubai first before expanding across the UAE in the second quarter of 2017.
The decision was approved by the Council of Ministers, with the procedure having previously been carried out by the Ministry of Interior. According to the law, domestic workers are those that are employed by households, and includes housemaids, cooks, security guards, drivers, gardeners, and shepherds.
Currently, applications for domestic workers have to be processed and approved at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs offices across the UAE.
Under the new announcement by the Human Resources Ministry yesterday, sponsors who wish to apply for a working visa for a domestic worker will have to do so through the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and not the Interior Ministry.
Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, in a statement said that the ministry would look to continue to build on the strong work carried out by the Interior Ministry, and that it was important to have employment come under one government umbrella.