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Residence visa concession for students over 18

posted on 23/07/2002: 10888 views

In a move to solve the problem faced by many expatriate residents who are not eligible to sponsor their sons aged above 18 years unless they are students of recognised educational institutions in the country, the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has decided to treat residence visa applications for this category on a humanitarian grounds.

"All the cases classified under the said category are granted residence visa on humanitarian grounds whether they are parents, sons, sisters or brothers provided they furnish a security deposit of Dh5,000. This amount is to be paid only once when the residence visa is issued for the first time and is refunded to the applicant when the visa is cancelled," said Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of the DNRD.

Denying reports published recently in a section of the Press on the subject, Col. Bin Bleilah said that the Dh5,000 security deposit would not be required every year, for renewal of the visa. "When the parent applies for renewal of the son's residence visa, he will be asked to pay only the residence visa fees and not the Dh5,000 deposit which is collected only once, irrespective of how many times the annual visa is renewed," the Director of DNRD told Khaleej Times yesterday to clear the confusion created by the inaccurate reports. He said that under the Federal Entry and Residency Law and its by-laws issued in a Cabinet order in 1997, an expatriate parent could sponsor his children on residence visa until the boys reached the age of 18 and until the daughters got married regardless of their age.

"However, the department has come across cases of sons above the age ceiling of 18 who opted to study abroad, but had difficulties obtaining visas to some countries unless they have a valid residence visa in the UAE. In view of this pre-requisite, we treated these cases on humanitarian basis and we granted them a one-year renewable visa, but as is the case with such cases, the applicant will have to deposit Dh5,000 payable only once," Col. Bin Bleilah stressed. Same policy, he added, applies to students who stay in the country and join institutes which are not recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Their parents can also sponsor them on a one-year visa provided they pay the security deposit. Elaborating, Col. Bin Bleilah clarified that the by-laws of the Entry and Residency Law allow an expatriate father to sponsor his above 18-year-old son on a residence visa if he is admitted to a recognised higher education institution in the country. The one-year renewable visa in this case is given but the Dh5,000 security deposit is not required.

Under the same regulations, if the parent cannot sponsor his son for any reason, the college where he is studying can sponsor him for the duration of his study provided it is accredited and recognised by the UAE, and provided it undertakes to cancel the visa upon completion of his study. "Only the colleges and universities licensed by the educational authorities in the country can avail of student sponsorship facilities. Unrecognised institutions are not allowed to sponsor students," Col. Bin Bleilah said. "Parents who cannot admit their sons above the age of 18 to recognised universities for any reason and cannot send them abroad, nor to their home countries, find themselves in a difficult situation and approach us for a solution. We introduced this facility to help keep the families together," he observed.

Clarifying the visa status for students studying abroad, Col. Bin Bleilah explained that under Article 61 of the law the residence visa is deemed cancelled if the stay outside the country exceeds six months, but Article 62 exempts students studying aboard from this rule, he said. But he stressed that a proof from the college or institution where the student is enrolled should be furnished. (The Khaleej Times)


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