Visa-selling racket probe

The UAE Labour Ministry will investigate some 105 labour supply agencies in Dubai and 40 in Abu Dhabi after uncovering a visa-selling racket.

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  April 8, 2006

The UAE Labour Ministry will investigate some 105 labour supply agencies in Dubai and 40 in Abu Dhabi after uncovering a visa-selling racket. It will also focus on the use of ‘freelance’ recruiters in the migrant labourers’ countries of origin. “It’s been going on for longer than people think,” said Sohail Vakil, manager of Al Vakil Recruitment Services. “Most of the workers are recruited from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and many of the labour supply companies here do not have offices in these countries, so when it comes to the hiring process, they have to use freelance recruiters based in those countries. “This is where the problem starts. To reduce costs, the workers are made to cover the visa expenses.”

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