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Security deposit on visit visa to be refunded in full: Bleilah

posted on 12/04/2003: 9165 views

The security deposit of Dh2,000, collected by the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) from a person applying for a visit visa for a relative other than a parent or any other immediate kin, will be returned in full to the sponsor when the guest leaves the country, Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of DNRD, said. Commenting on complaints from some applicants who approached the DNRD for the refund of the security deposit who said that they were being told to submit the visitor's passport copy carrying entry and exit stamp, otherwise, they were to pay a fee of Dh100 to get the arrival and departure of the visitor checked through the DNRD computer, Col. bin Bleilah admitted that there was some confusion over the Dh100 fee.

He said that an applicant who wanted to get the Dh2,000 security deposit on visit visa refunded, did not need to produce proof of the visitor having left the country. "From today, the accountants who will be in charge of refunding the security deposit, will have a computer system installed to help him check on the spot the dates of entry and exist of the person sponsored on a visit visa, so there won't be any need for the passport photocopy showing the entry and exit stamps," Col. bin Bleilah said.

The security deposit was introduced during the DSF in January this year. "It was meant to curb the misuse of the visit visa facility, since many residents took advantage of the facility to bring their brothers and relatives to look for jobs, and in many cases those job seekers overstayed their visas," Col. bin Bleilah said justifying the introduction of the rule which applies to distant or second degree relatives and not to immediate kin, children., wives and parents. He emphasised that the amount of the security deposit is being returned in full without any deductions to the applications when they approach the department with the receipt. (The Khaleej Times)


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