UAE ministry reports 17 people over work permit fraud

Suspects accused of using alternate identities to apply for documents and trying to secure permits at lower rates

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has reported 17 people over work permit frauds connected to use of Tasheel services.  The National
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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has reported 17 cases of fraud to the UAE Public Prosecution.

The charges were connected to suspected abuse of government services when applying for work permits.

Mohammed Saqr Al Nuaimi, assistant under-secretary for support services affairs at the ministry, said the suspicious behaviour was flagged up by an internal control system.

“Eight of the suspects included in the reports work for companies whose employees can complete their self-processing transactions, as allowed by the ministry,” Mr Al Nuaimi said.

“At the request of their companies, they were granted access to the ministry’s electronic system to complete their transactions.”

The accused are said to have flouted laws when using the government's Tasheel system.

He added that another seven people committed fraud by applying for permits at lower rates than they were eligible for.

"The system revealed that two suspects applied for 15 work entry permits in the names of other people,” he said.

“This was after completing the required procedures accompanied by documents that relate to the concerned citizens and bearing false signatures and photocopies of their passports.”