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No limit on visit visa applications

posted on 05/02/2001: 1102 views

Foreigners of any age, from one up to 100 years, can come to Dubai on visit visa, as there is no age restriction, neither for women nor for men, a senior official of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department said. Denying reports about a ban imposed by the immigration authorities on granting visas for women aged under 40, Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, said that the age factor was not a criterion for granting or denying a visit, transit or tourist visa.

He said the decision that the department's decision to issue or reject an entry permit was based on other criteria, such as the reputation of the company sponsoring the visitor and the cleanliness of its records. The decision to issue or deny a visa is completely under the discretion of the department, which in some cases, take the nationality into account for security reasons.

The director of the DNRD also confirmed that there was no ban on issuing new employment visas for manpower from certain Asian countries. However, he justified the move to control the inflow of unskilled labourers with the fact that a large number of jobless blue-collar workers from Asian countries are already available in the market.

Clarifying the recent confusion over visitors who want to change the status of their visas from visit to employment, as well as visitors who want to obtain new visit visas, Col Bin Bleilah, said that under the Federal Entry and Residency Law, this facility is available for visitors belonging to specific categories, namely engineers, doctors, pharmacists, medical technicians and nurses, agricultural guides, teachers, qualified accountants and auditors, IT technicians, heavy truck and bus drivers and workers of oil field. "Visitors from the above-mentioned categories can change their visas easily from visit to employment by just paying a fee of Dh 500 without having to leave the country and come back on an employment visa,” Col bin Bleilah said.

He added that other less qualified visitors will have to leave the country and re-enter on their employment visas. Col Bin Bleilah also clarified the procedure for holders of visit visas who have stayed in the country for three full months and wish to renew their visit permits. He also clarified that the procedure for holders of visit visas who have stayed in the country for three full months and wish to renew their visit permits. "They will have to leave the country to their home countries or a destination where they have an entry permit and come back on fresh visas,” he said, stressing that the new visa can be issued in one day, but he person concern has to be out of the country at the time of processing the visa. (The Khaleej Times)


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