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Govt proposes to ban tourists from getting ‘blue card’

The government has drafted a bill amending the law on the hiring of non-resident workers, with the aim of preventing visitors who come to Macau on tourist visas from seeking a job.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

Executive Council spokesman Leong Heng Teng said Wednesday the government has drafted a bill amending the law on the hiring of non-resident workers, with the aim of preventing visitors who come to Macau on tourist visas from seeking a job here and eventually getting a non-resident work permit colloquially known as “blue card”.

Leong made the announcement during a press conference at Government Headquarters yesterday.

After a non-resident’s employment permit is approved by the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL), the Public Security Police, who run the city’s Immigration Department, will issue them with a work permit, colloquially known as “blue card”.

However, based on the current law, visitors who enter Macau on tourist visas are not barred from seeking a job in the city during their stay here.

According to Leong, the bill proposes that non-local workers newly hired by local employers will only be issued a “blue card” after entering Macau on a work visa.
The current law came into force in 2010.(Macaunews)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

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