Attention job-seekers! Don’t travel to UAE on visit visa

Indians seeking jobs in the UAE should not come on visit visas and must authenticate their employment offers and permit visas before arriving in the country, the Indian Consulate in Dubai said amid growing cases of duping and visa frauds.

The advisory follows a high number of calls and visits to the Consulate by Indian workers who have been duped by agents or employers on a regular basis.

Consulate General of India in Dubai, Vipul, said the mission did not have the precise data on the number of such calls because ‘most such calls are complex and raise a variety of issues’.

He said most calls about duping were related to workers who come for employment or searching for employment on visit visas.

“We have got several cases of people falling into trouble when they come for employment or for looking for employment on visit visas. There are also cases of women being forced to work as maids by dubious agents who get them to the UAE on visit visas as well as sending them to Oman and other countries,” Vipul told.

He said when serious duping cases come to the notice of the consulate, the mission tries to mediate with the employers to get the passports of workers back and facilitate their return to India.

The consulate issued 225 air tickets in 2016 and 186 in the first half of 2017 to stranded workers.

“In a recent case, in June, we repatriated 27 workers hailing from Uttar Pradesh who came to the UAE in February- March this year and were promised jobs. However, they were not given any jobs and were left to fend for themselves by the agents,” he said.

In another case, 15 people were promised some jobs, but on arrival they were told to work as labourers at a construction site, he added.

In the first half of 2017, the consulate received a total of 540 labour complaints of which over 250 have been resolved, the report said.

Duplicate and fake visas are also a problem that the Indian missions in the UAE are fighting, the report said.


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