The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau has once again reiterated the importance of travelling overseas through legal channels, especially for women, seeking foreign employment.
The SLFBE issuing a statement noted that in the recent past, information has been received of women being subject to various harassment after travelling overseas on tourist visas.
The SLFBE said when leaving for employment on tourist visas through external parties and through illegal means, false information is submitted to the Airport Bureau Unit.
Accordingly, reports submitted to the Bureau by the Sri Lankan Embassies in Oman and the United Arab Emirates pertaining to Sri Lankan women stranded in the country indicates that many have travelled on tourist visas for employment while no individual or institutions has come forward to claim responsibility of providing employment as claimed through agencies, leaving them stranded.
The Bureau noted that several issues have arisen in bringing such groups to the island.
Accordingly, after considering these facts, and on the directives of the Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara, it has been made mandatory for all women travelling to Oman for employment to travel on a work visa.
Furthermore, information has been received of Sri Lankan women who travelled to the UAE on tourist visa to seek employment opportunities failing to secure jobs, facing harassment, being imprisoned, and being stranded.
Therefore, the public has been informed that the SLFBE has taken steps to suspend employment of women for domestic and unskilled jobs in all sectors in the UAE, including Dubai, and Abu Dhabi through tourist visa with immediate effect.
Accordingly, all agencies registered under the Bureau have been informed to suspend registering women for domestic and unskilled jobs with effect from the 10th of October 2022.
The subject Minister has also issued directives to seek legal action against individuals leaving overseas on tourist visas for employment purposes while the Airport Bureau Unit has been instructed to remain vigilant of women travelling to Oman and the UAE.