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Expat students need not return every six months

posted on 05/08/2002: 1534 views

Expatriate students studying abroad will not have their residence visas cancelled if they remain outside the UAE for more than six months, said Colonel Saeed Matar bin Bleilah, Director General of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department. Bin Bleilah's statement was in response to an inquiry forwarded by a reader to the Arabic daily Al Khaleej, over whether his daughter, who is studying abroad and has spent more than six months outside the UAE, will be allowed in when she arrives at any UAE airport.

Bin Bleilah explained that the residency visa of any expatriate is cancelled if he remains outside the UAE for more than six months, according to article 61 of the federal law concerning naturalisation and residency. However, according to article 62 of the same law, expatriate students who hold valid UAE residency visas and are studying abroad are exempted, provided these students produce proof that they are studying abroad upon arrival at a UAE airport.

Other expatriates exempted under this article include domestic servants accompanying UAE nationals, who travel abroad for study or treatment, or any other purpose; patient expatriates and their accompanying servants travelling abroad for treatment, provided that such patients produce an attested medical certificate issued by the Ministry of Health, Medical Services Department, Armed Forces, or Police; servants of UAE diplomats working in UAE diplomatic missions abroad.

Expatriate officials with valid UAE residency visas who work for such diplomatic missions; expatriate officials dispatched by public institutions abroad for training courses, or for work in a public institution branch abroad; and servants of the ruling families. (The Gulf News)


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