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New entry and residency law for foreigners takes effect

posted on 30/07/2008: 2144 views

The first day of implementation of the new visa regulations, in accordance with the ministerial decision No. 322 for the year 2008, went by issues-free at the Dubai Naturalization Residency Department (DNRD). The day witnessed a low number of visiting customers at the beginning with representatives of travel agencies, PROs and individuals busy inquiring about the new visa regulations.

Brigadier Obaid Bin Suroor, Acting Director of DNRD, assured that the team formed to answer customers' queries will be functional for as long as it takes to have all stakeholders familiar with the new law. "The department will constantly update its website to reply to incoming enquiries," said Bin Suroor. He added that a new section was introduced to answer customers' questions regarding various services provided by DNRD.

According to Bin Suroor, all entry permits issued before July 29 will be processed as per the previous law, until their legal expiry dates. Also, he clarified that work at Dubai International Airport (DIA) and all land and sea ports will be following both previous and new laws until all the entry permits that were issued before the implementation of the new law were fully utilized.

Brigadier Bin Suroor personally supervised the launch of the new system at all Dubai ports till Monday midnight in the presence of Lieutenant Colonel Said Al Mualla, Assistant Manager for Air and Land Entry Points and Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Al Razouqi, Assistant Manager of the IT Division, where a meticulous application of the process through revamping the programs and software took place.

Lieutenant Colonel Khalid Al Marzouki said that, in a record time, the DNRD team has launched the new system at DIA last night (Monday night), stressing that the process of launching to the new system was smooth to the extent that travellers didn't even notice anything unusual.

Major Mohammed Al Hammadi, Director of Entry Permits Department, said the team completed processing all entry permit applications - submitted through e-services under the old system - before 1:00am on Tuesday. Al Hammadi added that the department formed a dedicated team to answer all inquires and guide applicants with the required documents.

The first visitor who entered the country via DIA after the implementation of the new rule was Gahrag Sifi Nasa, Indian national. He confirmed that he did not notice any change or experience any hassles on his arrival.

The first applicant to issue a visit visa to at the main office of DNRD under the new system was Salah Ahmad, who said that he submitted his documents to process the visa for one his friends to visit under the new system. He said that the aspect which grabbed his attention most was the initiative of the team members, who answered all his questions and helped him to get the entry permit in a record time. It is worth mentioning that DNRD has put together general guidelines on the back of every entry permit in 5 languages: Arabic, English, Urdu, Russian and Chinese. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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