General Facts that to be kept in mind while going to work in foreign countries

This is the article by the Foreign Employment Promotion Board dated 27 August, 2013, which gives a brief overview of the general facts that need to be kept in mind while going to work in foreign countries.

Similarly the same article consists of the things that should be taken into consideration after arriving as a migrant worker in foreign lands.

 

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  Employment and Labor Law

There are two categories of the visas, employment visa and house work visa (maid visa) and farming visa. Domestic workers and farming workers are not part of labor laws. Employment visa is issued to companies and establishments and house work visa are issued to the every family. Every local family is issued five visas for house work but they can apply and get more visas issued for some payment.
Employment visa is issued by the companies and establishments whereas house work visa is issued by every family. Every local can establish and business enterprise and can get visa, these may be big companies or may be small shops. The law always favors owners. The underlying principle of GCC countries is "hire and fire". GCC countries have failed to establish internationally acceptable standards for migrant workers. Most GCC countries' labor and immigration laws facilitate and validate inhuman treatment towards migrant workers. These laws are abusive, and as a result they control, restrict, and infringe on all internationally accepted standards of "fair dealing" towards millions of migrant workers. Employers frequently withhold wages for months and confiscate passports as "security" to keep workers from quitting. The combination of "recruiting fees" and abusive work environment constitute "forced labor" in this region.

House Work Visa – Maids and Agriculture Labor

This is the most exploited class of workers. They work in homes or outside. Every national family gets five such visas. They can get some more by paying nominal extra money to the government. This class of workers is not covered by labor law.

 

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