In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 10th, September, 2020

Nigerians Say They’re Being Pressured To Go away UAE In the present day As Authorities Refuse To Renew Their Work Permits

Nigerians Say They're Being Forced To Leave UAE Today As Authorities Refuse To Renew Their Work Permits

Nigerians in UAE

Opposite to a declare by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in Abuja that the suspension of issuance of journey paperwork to Nigeria was as a consequence of COVID-19, Nigerians residing within the Emirates say all these whose work allow weren’t renewed have been requested to go away the oil-rich Center East nation on Thursday.

The affected Nigerians, who spoke to SaharaReporters, confirmed what a journey company had earlier posted on social media that each one beforehand issued visas to Nigerians had develop into invalid and that these residing within the nation would have their visas revoked.

The UAE’s embassy in Abuja, nonetheless, denied the claims by Flyworld Journey and Tour, insisting that the visa suspension was as a consequence of COVID-19.


“I got here in on a two-year visa and obtained a job,” mentioned a Nigerian who didn’t need to be named for concern of being tracked by the Emirates’ safety. “When my visa expired, my employer tried to resume it, however the firm mentioned the appliance bounced again and there’s nothing they will do.”

He mentioned he would quickly lose his lodging and can be pressured to return to Nigeria.


“Many people are utilizing the cash we make right here to assist our households again house. If we’re pressured to return, we will likely be becoming a member of a rising variety of unemployed individuals. The Nigerian authorities ought to assist us negotiate with the Emirates,”
he mentioned.

One other Nigerian, who spoke to SaharaReporters, mentioned he had bought his flight ticket to Nigeria.


“We’ve reached out to the UAE immigration officers. They are saying they have no idea what is occurring. We’ve known as the Nigerian embassy; they hold refusing to select our calls or reply to our emails,”
mentioned the Nigerian, who had simply acquired an employment supply from an oil firm that pays higher than his former job.

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He mentioned if the workplace of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Inside, Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, doesn’t rescind the directives to empty the nation of Nigerians, he wouldn’t be capable of settle for the brand new job supply.


“I simply obtained a brand new job with an oil firm. After three days, my boss got here again to me and mentioned the corporate may renew my visa and I must depart. I’m staying within the lodging offered by the previous firm for now.”

Whereas the 2 Nigerians nonetheless have their lodging, one other Nigerian employee who has been within the Emirates for 4 years has misplaced his.


“I obtained a job higher than the earlier one, but I am unable to hitch the corporate,”
he mentioned. “They don’t seem to be issuing work permits or any kind of visa. I needed to go bunk with a good friend as a result of I could not afford to be paying lease since I am not working.”

The Nigerian migrant employees questioned why they have been being discriminated in opposition to within the Emirates.

“They’re renewing the journey papers of different nationalities; it is just Nigerians that they’re doing this to. I do know many Nigerians do loopy issues, however they need to not tar harmless folks with the identical brush as properly. When Pakistanis and different Asians do horrible stuff, they do not deal with them like this,” one of many affected Nigerians mentioned.

They informed SaharaReporters that the Nigerian embassy in Abu Dhabi has not been responding to inquiries.

The UAE embassy in Nigeria and the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Fee haven’t responded to SaharaReporters’ requests for touch upon the plight of Nigerian immigrants in UAE as of press time.

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Supply: SaharaReporters

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