A Dubai expat’s plea is making rounds on the internet in which he alleged that his passport was taken away by an Egyptian who kept it as collateral against some loan amount. The expat, who goes by the name Jahir Sarkar on Twitter, said that his Egyptian boss ruined his life and he doesn’t know what to do next.
Pleas help me 1 Egyption guy brieng me here in dubai and he make visa for me 2 years visa. After visa he make loan for me and take all money. Even he take my passport And put as a garantie please help me dubai police .my boss Egyption he ruin my life.i don’t know what I wil do— jahir sarkar (@jahirsarkar21) October 11, 2019
The Dubai Police asked Sarkar to reach out to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). The Ministry then gave assurance to help on the matter and asked Sarkar to elaborate on the issue raised. MOHRE said that it is illegal for an employer to hold the passport.
“Thank you @DubaiPoliceHQ for reaching us out, we will definitely assist in that matter. Hello Mr Sarkar, can you elaborate more about the passport holding part and confirm if it holded by the employer as it's illegal to hold the employee passport and you can raise a complaint,” tweeted MOHRE from its official account.
Sarkar told the Ministry that his visa expired more than a year ago and his boss kept his passport at the Dubai Land Department in 2016. A user asked for a thorough investigation in the case and said that such cases bother the expats. The user also asked Dubai police about the process to check if there is any unauthorized bank application made under their name.
Thank you for reply sir .— jahir sarkar (@jahirsarkar21) October 11, 2019
Sir my boss put my passport in dubai land department since 2016 my passport ther my visa also expired more than 1 years he ruin my life sir I trust that’s my big problem
“Kindly note that you need to contact Dubai Land Department for the passport claiming process,” said the Ministry.