Let­ter writer says the with­hold­ing of pass­ports is ‘ab­so­lutely il­le­gal’

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“That’s all well and good, put this in to prac­tise and you will dis­cover that those who are on the lower scale of salaries au­to­mat­i­cally have their com­pa­nies with­hold­ing their pass­ports. I worked for a com­pany in RAK who were for­merly con­tacted by the Bri­tish Em­bassy re­quest­ing the re­turn of my pass­port. Their re­sponse was sim­ple, we keep you pass­port or you don’t get paid!! All of the other staff had al­ready suc­cumbed to the fact the com­pany held their pass­ports. Tough nut to crack, you com­plain, you get fired!!”


“If they in­sist on hold­ing it then ask them for a de­posit in cash or ask for one of the se­nior man­agers pass­ports to keep hold of whilst they have yours.”


“It’s il­le­gal un­der UAE law. It’s also il­le­gal un­der most in­ter­na­tional law, if you open your pass­port there will be a state­ment which talks about your pass­port re­main­ing prop­erty of the head of state/gov­ern­ment.”


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