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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

MOHRE reduces fees of 145 services and transactions

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has reduced the fees of 145 services and transactions. These include 17 services, whose fees have been reduced by 50 per cent and up to 94 per cent, and 128 transactions conducted by the service centers that provide the ministry’s services on behalf and under the supervision of the ministry, these being TAS’HEEL, TAD-BEER, TWA-FOUQ, TAWJEEH and TAQYEEM.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has reduced the fees of 145 services and transactions. These include 17 services, whose fees have been reduced by 50 per cent and up to 94 per cent, and 128 transactions conducted by the service centers that provide the ministry’s services on behalf and under the supervision of the ministry, these being TAS’HEEL, TAD-BEER, TWA-FOUQ, TAWJEEH and TAQYEEM.

The reduced fees are in implementation of the UAE Cabinet’s resolution regarding the fees and fines levied by the MOHRE. Under the resolution, the MOHRE will continue to exempt establishments from the permit fee for employing an Emirati or GCC worker and will also exempt fishing boats facilities from work permit fees.

HE Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said the new fees came as part of the government’s policy aimed at promoting an environment that attracts investors and supporting entrepreneurs and employers by reducing the operational costs related to recruiting and employing workers while empowering Emirati human resources in the labor market and increasing their job opportunities in private sector establishments.

Stressing the importance of the resolution for boosting the productivity of the labor market in the country by encouraging the private sector establishments to employ skilled workers with high qualification and experience, Al Hamli said this would contribute to increasing the number of knowledge workers in line with the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda.

Al Hamli pointed out that the new reduced fees would improve the flexibility of the labor market and meet the needs of the private sector establishments for workers already in the country. They would also enable those who are sponsored by their families to put their energy to good use through working in the private sector, he said, adding that this would benefit them and their families and would at the same time provide establishments with extra options to meet their needs for workers.

According to the resolution, the fee for a work permit for those sponsored by their families has been reduced from AED200 to AED100 for all types of establishments, down by 50 per cent, while a fee of AED300 is paid for the issuance of a two-year work permit for those sponsored by their families for all types of establishments, no matter if the worker is skilled or unskilled.

The previous fees for issuing two-year work permits to workers sponsored by their families, whether skilled or unskilled were AED300 for Category 1 establishments. For Category 2 establishments, the fees for Level A were AED500 for skilled workers and AED1,000 for unskilled workers, Level B AED1,000 for skilled workers and AED2,0000 for unskilled workers, Level C AED1,500 for skilled workers and AED2,500 for unskilled workers and Level D AED2,000 for skilled workers and AED3,000 for unskilled workers.  For Category 3 establishments, the fees for both skilled and unskilled workers were AED5,000. This means that the fees for this category were cut by 94 per cent.

The fee for issuing a work permit was reduced from AED200 to AED100, down by 50 per cent, while the fee for issuing or renewing a two-year work permit for skilled workers was also cut by 5 per cent for all categories of establishments. The current fee for issuing or renewing permits is AED150 for Category 1 establishments. For Category 2, the current fee is AED250 for Level A, AED500 for Level B, AED750 for Level C and AED1,000 for Level D. The current fee for Category 3 establishments is AED2,500.

According to the resolution, the fee for issuing a permit to transfer a skilled worker from one establishment to another owned or partnered by the same employer and also the fee for transferring a skilled worker from one establishment to another have been cut by 50 per cent to AED50 currently for all categories of establishments. The fee for issuing the aforementioned two-year permit has also been cut by 50 per cent with the current fee amounting to AED75 for Category 1 establishments. For Category 2, the fee is currently AED125 for Level A, AED250 for Level B, AED375 for Level C and AED500 for Level D. The fee for Category 3 establishments is currently AED1,250.

The resolution reduced the fees for issuing work permits for juveniles, temporary work permits, part-time work permits, training permits, probationary work permits and assignment permits by 50 per cent to AED50 currently for all categories of establishments. The current fee for employment contract modification is AED100 for all categories of establishments, down by 50 per cent.

The resolution also reduced the fee of issuing or renewing a one-year license for a mediation agency by 50 per cent. the current fee is AED25,000 for issuing a license and AED12,500 for renewing it. The fee for issuing and renewing a license for temporary employment agencies has been cut by the same percentage to AED50,000 and AED25,000 respectively.

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