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New visa rule for job changeover

posted on 03/05/2004: 1060 views

The General Department of Naturalisation and Residency is considering the application of a one-month system between the issuance of new visit or tourist visas for those whose residences have been cancelled without getting a ban and have acquired new jobs. Brigadier Hadher bin Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director General of the department, said the department would approve issuing new employment visas for those whose residences had been cancelled without getting a ban only from the date of cancellation, enabling them to go home and return again as per the new employment visas.

He pointed out that the department had worked out a detailed study incorporating a number of procedures aimed at regulating the issuance of the different types of visas including such procedures that reflected the philosophy behind His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's decision to cancel the condition of departure for adjusting one's residence situation.

Muhairi said the procedures for paying Dh500 instead of having to leave the country would be applicable to family residences for those interested in adjusting their positions from visit visas to residences on the husband's or father's sponsorship in addition to some exceptional cases as deemed necessary and appropriate by the department. He explained that naturalisation administrations had actually applied to number of controls related to the one-month period separating between an expired visa and a new one in a bid to prevent such visa from being exploited by some categories for staying in the country for a long time.

These controls stipulated that visit or tourist visas could be issued for those who already had ones only after the elapse of one month from the expiry date of the last visa so as to ensure that the tourist or visitor had left the country and not to a nearby place where he could spend some hours before returning with a new visa. Muhairi emphasised that the same controls would apply to those whose residences had been cancelled without getting a ban and who acquired another job noting that the new employment visas would be issued 30 days after he left the country.

This is aimed at preventing those people from exploiting the exception from the ban for staying in the country in violation of the foreigner's entry and residence law, according to which those with cancelled residence, should leave the country within a month from the date of cancellation, he said.

He added that all these controls had been submitted to the Minister of Interior Lt. General Dr Mohammed bin Saeed Al Badi to consider applying them subject to the Cabinet's approval in confirmation of the philosophy that govern the issuance of tourist and visit visas, which are supposed to be issued to such categories interested in getting familiarised with the UAE landmarks for a short period of possibly less than one month or those interested in visiting their relatives and staying for a short while with them. (The Gulf Today)


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