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'Limit on expats stay ‘opposes’ employers interests'
November 25, 2014, 8:33 am

Director of Public Authority for Manpower Jamal Al-Dosari confirmed that GCC countries have no intention to reduce the number of expatriate personnel, and the proposal of stipulating the period of stay for expatriates in the country opposes the interests of employers.

He disclosed this on the sideline of the just-concluded GCC Undersecretaries of Social Affairs and Labor meeting, noting the meeting did not shed light on the proposal of specifying the period of stay for expatriates at all.

On the approval of the Parliamentary Legislative Affairs Committee of four draft laws, among them specifying the residency period of expatriates in the country as five years for low-earners, without renewing it, Al-Dosari said the authority will be summoned by the committee to discuss the proposal which was earlier discussed by the GCC Secretariat- General, in addition to the commendations put forward in that concern.

He added the employers submitted their arguments on the proposal and the decision should be left in the hands of employers.

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