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Over 35,000 residency law violators rectified positions
January 7, 2015, 8:29 am
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‘Private-govt-private transfer allowed after 1 year’

Over 35,000 residency law violators have modified their positions legally after paying fines and updating their passport data, reports Al- Watan Arabic daily.

The daily quoting a reliable source confirmed that about 13,000 Egyptian residents modified their status legally by paying fines and renewing the validity of their passports. He also said over 10,000 Indians have since modified their positions legally, but many other violators have yet to complete the procedures, including Syrians, Filipinos and other Asian and African nationalities.

He explained the number of residency law violators is currently 107,000 from different nationalities, and many of them have started to modify their positions. He further revealed that the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah intends to activate Article No 15 of residency law, which stipulates the validity of passports must be longer than the period of residency.

For example, if the validity of the passport is less than two years even by few days, the owner of the passport is allowed one year residency only. Meanwhile, expatriate personnel who entered the country on contract in the private sector before transferring to a government contract can again transfer to the private sector on condition that he completes a minimum of one year period with the current employer, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a reliable source from Public Authority for Manpower.

The same source explained that laborers who entered the country on government contract are not allowed to transfer their residencies to the private sector, adding they can only renew their residency with the same sponsor if the employer has another government project; otherwise, the laborer has to leave the country to avoid the clutches of law and fines.

In the same context, reliable sources disclosed that Public Authority for Manpower intends to cancel thousands of files of old and illusory companies that have no personnel registered under them, indicating the companies that practice no activities will be cancelled completely from the authority’s computers.

They noted the labor departments are identifying the files of such companies and prepare memo to take the legal necessary measures against them.

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