The Ministry of Interior has issued a decree allowing absconding domestic workers to adjust their legal status and transfer their contract to new employer. The General Directorate of Residency Affairs has set a comprehensive plan to streamline procedures for national sponsors who want to legally adjust the status of their domestic workers, the Interior Ministry said in a press statement Tuesday. It, however, stated that the prior consent of the first employer was a must for allowing the transfer of the absconding domestic worker to new employer. The first employer had to withdraw his/her absconding report against the worker. Moreover, the accumulated fines on the absconding worker must be paid before the completion of the process, the ministry emphasized. The ministry said that the decision was taken in response to popular demands to help decrease the skyrocketing costs of domestic workers recruitment.