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RAK moves to speed up immigration work

posted on 27/08/2001: 1355 views

The Emirate's Naturalisation and Immigration Department has implemented a policy to streamline applications. According to the Comprehensive Employee Strategy, the employee will have to complete a client's applications in the quickest possible time and from one counter. Lt Col Jasim Isa bin Isa, who heads the department, said over the next two months the work will be streamlined further so that applications are finished the same day.

The department now receives and processes between 250 and 300 visa applications daily. Lt Col Isa said the department will now renew passports of UAE nationals in Ras Al Khaimah. They will not be referred to the Central Department in Abu Dhabi. The department will issue a passport without a fee as soon as documents are submitted. They are aiming to complete the renewal of passports the same day. He stressed that the department is thinking of opening branches in remote areas. Strict orders have been given to employees to process applications of people from remote areas the same day. Lt Col Isa said they have also stepped up inspections, and three to four are held every month.

Officers look for people who are overstaying the country or those who are working for people other than their sponsors. He said the different immigration departments are currently working on a unified system to identify people who are overstaying. The official added that the department will not process a sponsor's applications if it is found that a person on his sponsorship is overstaying. He will have to clear his fines and the person overstaying will have to leave before the sponsor's application is processed.

The same law applies to companies sponsoring people. He stressed that the department is currently working on a rule regarding recruiting housemaids in coordination with the emirate's Department of Labour and Social Affairs. It will ensure that no sponsor misbehaves with a maid. If he does, he will be referred to the court and will never be allowed to recruit another maid. The officer warned travel and tourist agencies that if they have five violations, they will be shut down. They will be allowed to reopen only if they pay fines and stop the violations.

Many of these agencies have already been shut down, he added. He explained that some of the agencies, which have been shut down, have been trying to open new commercial firms. The authorities are cracking down on them also. Meanwhile, the Ras Al Khaimah Police Magazine said all UAE Naturalisation and Immigration Departments will soon be electronically linked. (The Gulf News)


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