Auto renewal of work visas, medical exams exempted

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 26 March 2020: The Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, have announced exemption of workers whose work permits have expired from medical tests.

Work permits and residence visas will be issued and renewed automatically for workers employed by companies and support service staff such as domestic workers as part of precautionary measures taken by the UAE to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Under the new measures, workers need not go to the medical examination centres across the country. The fees for such services will be collected through the authorised payment channels. Once the fee is paid, the workers will remain legitimate residents of the UAE, said Wam.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship asked business owners to report any suspected case of Covid-19 among their workers. It also urged all the workers in the UAE to adhere to the precautionary instructions for their own safety and for the safety of the community at large.

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