The UAE Ministry of Human Resources has decided to allocate 20 percent of the visa quota to different nationalities in order to promote diversity in the workplace. Companies can hire individuals from any country if they achieve 20 percent diversity. Companies that do not comply with this will be rejected when applying for visas to the same countries again.
This is not a law applicable only to Indians. This is a rule to be followed while hiring people for work in a company or organization. Khaleej Times reports that the requirement was imposed to prevent the concentration of people from certain countries in one institution.
This requirement does not apply to visas such as freezone companies, domestic workers, investors and partner visas. There were reports that companies in the UAE have temporarily stopped issuing work visas to Indians as they are finding it difficult to get work visas for people from some South Asian countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Officials and agents have denied reports that work visas have been stopped for Indians. Local media pointed out that the requirement is to encourage companies to diversify visas rather than focusing on specific countries.
There are 38.9 lakh Indian expatriates in the UAE. This is more than 37.96 percent of the total population of the country. Although the law is equally applicable to all countries, it is considered that it will affect Indians more.