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Job contract must for visa

posted on 20/06/2002: 1151 views

Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Administration (DNRA) has decided to reject any application for a visit visa or family residence unless an original copy of the employment contract is attached to the application in order to make sure that it is not fake. Such a copy will be attested by the DNRA.

Col. Saeed Matar Bin Bleila, director of the DNRA, said the employment contract would be attested by the administration on a one-off basis against Dhs100. If another application for a visit visa or residence is made by the same person, his employment contract will not be required to be attested again, he added.

As for the reasons behind this procedure, which started to be operative a few days ago, Bleila told Al Khaleej that according to the Federal Law No. (13) with respect to the entry and residence of foreigners, any resident in the UAE interested in obtaining a family residence for his wife and children should be earning a salary of Dhs3,000 plus accommodation or Dhs4,000 without benefits.

Blaila pointed out that under Article (31) of the law, the salary received by an employee should be stated in a salary certificate certified by the employee's sponsor when submitting the application. Some people, however, tend to tamper with their salary certificates to bring their families, he said, adding that for that purpose the administration decided to check the original employment contracts before any visa is issued. Bleila denied any rise in the fees of all types of visas whether visit, transit, residence or employment visas. It is noteworthy that all employment contracts are attested by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs before any labour card is issued to expatriates.

Meanwhile, the general department of naturalisation and residency is considering the imposition of unified fees of Dhs300 to be collected at one time against the full period of the visit visa of 90 days instead of the currently operative fee collection system which is based on two payments.

By this, the fees of a full visit visa of 90 days will be half the currently applicable fees of Dhs600, which are collected in two payments: Dhs100 when applying for a 60-day visit visa and Dhs500 when renewing the visa for additional 30 days. According to the study submitted by the department to the ministry of interior, the new fees are proposed to be imposed on a 90-day visit visa and will be collected in full as soon as the visa application has been approved even if the visitor has left before the expiry of the visit visa.

The new proposal is aimed at minimising the violations made by visitors as a result of their unawareness of the UAE laws and failure to renew their visits on time after the 60-day visa is over, sources said, noting that some visitors think that the period of the visit visa is 90 days and there is no need to renew it.

The proposal is also aimed at alleviating the pressure on the part of those working in naturalisation and residency departments and administrations, the sources added. The sources pointed out that the new fee proposal needs the cabinet's approval after being approved by the ministry of interior's officials, noting that the imposition or amendment of any fees on naturalisation and residency applications needs the cabinet's approval. (The Gulf News)


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