United Arab Emirates – Restrictions on Exceeding Employment Quota in Dubai

What has changed

With effect from February 15, 2016, companies that exceed the allocated employment quota, will not be able to renew employment visas. Employment quotas apply to the following categories of employees:

  • DIFC Sponsored Employees
  • GCC Nationals
  • Dependants who are on temporary work permit
  • Seconded Employees

Previously there were no restrictions for employers who exceeded the employment quota.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All companies in DIFC who have exceeded the employment quota

Companies must log into their client portal in order to check if they have exceeded their employment quota. These details are mentioned under the “Company Overview” in the client portal for the respective company. If they have exceeded their quota and the employee wishes to continue working for the company, then the company will have to expand their office space in order to increase their Employment Quota.

All the companies who have exceeded the employment quota will have to cancel the Residence Permits for the employees on or before February 14, 2016 in order to meet the given Employment Quota. The cancellation process is the standard process which has been followed in the past. The employee will be given thirty (30) days after the Residence Permit is cancelled in order for him or her to leave the country or obtain a new sponsorship.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Companies who have exceeded the employment quota will have to cancel the Residence Permits for the employees on or before February 14, 2016.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.