As an expat in the UAE, you may come across terms such as a Labour ban when you resign from your job. The labour ban is usually implemented by the Ministry of Labour on the basis of you not fulfilling the terms of your contract. Another type of ban is an Immigration Ban wherein you are not allowed to enter the UAE at all.
Note: Please be advised that information posted here serves only as a guide. Each case is different and we are here to help share tips based on our experience. Please use this post as a tip, but if you have any further questions or clarifications, it is best to contact authorities for your scenario or seek legal counsel.
Labour Ban vs Immigration Ban
UAE Labour Ban
The Labour ban is imposed by the Ministry of Labour wherein you are not allowed to work in another UAE-registered company. This can run for 6 months or 1 year, depending on the situation. The 6 months ban is automatically imposed when you resign from your job or when you do not fulfill your duties. Aside from a 6 months ban from Ministry of Labour, your company has the option to add an additional 6 months (making it a total of one year). So you will not be allowed to find work in a UAE-registered company in this duration. This usually happens on Limited type of contracts.
If you’re wondering if the labour ban can be lifted or cancelled, here’s more details here – Lifting Labour Ban
Helpful Articles Regarding UAE Labour:
- What is a Limited Contract?
- What is an Unlimited Contract?
- How to Lift UAE Labour Ban?
- How to View Your UAE Labour Contract Online
- Difference Between Limited and Unlimited Contract