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New law permits residency transfer without consent from sponsor

In a fresh decision issued by the Public Manpower Authority, expatriate labourers can transfer their residencies to other employers without prior approval of their employers, after three years of employment.

This implies that expats can change their employers after completing three years of service, without having to obtain their approval.

Till date, transfer of residence permits has been linked to approval of current employers, or only after proving unfair treatment and non-payment of salary to the Authority.

This three-year decision is the first step towards easing the controls of Kafeel system (sponsorship system), which Gulf States have pledged to abolish to international human rights organizations.

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