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Ministry launches online transfer of residencies

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has launched online transfer of residencies shortly to reduce the pressure witnessed in various departments and sectors.

Following the decision to renew work permits through Ministry’s online services, the pressure on labour departments by employers and visitors have already reduced considerably, sources said.

Taking into account this fact, the Ministry has further decided to expand its online services by also including transfer of residencies.

Sources further revealed that the Capital Labour Department approved transfer of 5000 domestic visas to work permits in the private sector, within the grace period of 2 months.

However, despite demands to further extend the grace period, the Ministry had suspended transferring residencies, and ended the grace period, as such a decision required prior co-ordination with other governmental authorities.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs Sector at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, Jamal Al-Dousari affirmed that the number of times the residencies can be transferred from one sponsor to another, irrespective of whether it is for holders of articles 18 or 20 is not specified.

In case the employee meets the conditions for transfer of his residence from one sponsor to another, the concerned department and authorities will carry on the transaction quickly, he explained.

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