Some UAE companies have been unable to secure work visas for potential employees of certain South Asian nationalities. When companies with an overwhelming number of employees of a certain nationality request new visas for people of the same nationality, a message appears from the authorities asking them to “achieve demographic diversity when hiring”.
However, visa experts and agents categorically refuted the viral claims that the UAE has stopped issuing visas to Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis in the country.
When a business services center in Dubai contacted the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE), it was said that establishments should diversify nationalities when hiring. They must ensure that the
“The first 20 percent of the quotas available in the establishments are allocated to different nationalities. It is important to note that this procedure is linked to the demographic diversity of the establishments and is not associated with a specific nationality.”
Companies were asked to try to hire an employee of another nationality if they received the message to achieve diversity.
A MoHRE call center representative confirmed that the first 20 percent of a company’s workforce must be diversified.
“For example, if a company applies for a visa for a particular person and is rejected on diversification grounds, then it must hire someone of a different nationality for the same position to meet diversity requirements.”
“It is not applicable to any particular nationality and is the same for everyone across the board.”
Dismissing claims on social media that authorities have stopped issuing visas to Indians, Firosekhan, CEO of Dubai-based Profound Business Serviceexplained:
“I obtained a visa for an Indian applicant at a company that has a diverse workforce. However, when I tried to get one for an applicant at an establishment with an overwhelming majority of Indian employees, I got the message to “achieve diversity.”
An executive at another business center said the UAE wants to bring diversity to the workplace.
“Many companies in the UAE have a majority of Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis as employees. So if a company already has a large number of employees of these three nationalities, they cannot apply for new visas for people from the same countries.”
saying Abdul Gafoor, CEO of Al Mas Businessmen Service.
In 2022, the MoHRE had announced a three-tier ranking system. Achieving diversity in hiring was one of the criteria for companies to earn a higher ranking that offered them discounts on work permits and transfer fees.
News Source: Khaleej Times