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Special decision on visit visas effective nationwide

posted on 30/09/2008: 1281 views


The Naturalisation and Residency Departments across the country have started implementing special ministerial decision No. 322 of year 2008, regulating the entry of visitors into the country.

The decision, which amends some bylaws of the entry and residency law of foreigners into the country, stipulates that "no residency visa will be issued to a visitor unless after 30 days from his/her departure from the country".

Brigadier Nasser Al Awadhi Al Manhali, acting director general of the Naturalisation and Residency Department, said the decision was implemented after two weeks from the issuance, indicating that it aims at offering the best services to those seeking entry visas to the UAE, but in accordance with the rules in this respect. "New visa can be issued to any applicant after lapse of 30 days from the departure".

He reiterated that the Ministry of Interior was keen to prevent manipulation of visit visas, or illegal stay in the country, adding that the recent amendments were in the best interest of the applicants.

Al Manhali denied whether the decision had triggered the difficulties being underwent by stranded people in neighbouring countries, waiting for the visas, as carried by the local press.

As per new amended bylaw of the entry and residency law, tourist visa is open for all nationalities, allowing them to stay 30 days in the country from the date of entry. It can be renewed once for similar period against Dh1, 000. To tourist visa, the sponsor should be a tourist firm or corporation operating in the field of tourism in the country. The sponsor is requested to pay contemporary financial guarantee of Dh1, 000 against each tourist visa. This financial guarantee will be applicable to some nationalities, who will be specified by a decision from undersecretary of the ministry.

Earlier, the tourist visas were issued to only 79 nationalities, but the new bylaw has stated that they will be issued to all nationalities.

Al Manhali underscored that the licences of tourist firms that do not adhere to the special specifications, among others, security and qualitative services, will not be renewed.

The amended bylaw stated that issuance charges of visas as follows: the student visa, Dh1, 000, treatment visa Dh1, 000, while Dh500, will be charged against short visit visa for a month. It amended charges of a long visit visa for three months- non renewable, to Dh1, 000. The charges for issuing visit visas for attending shows or conferences will be Dh1, 000 each visa. The multi-visit visa for six months will be issued against Dh2, 000, provided that a beneficiary is covered with health insurance.

Earlier, UAE Interior Minister Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued the ministerial decision No. 322 of year 2008, on amendment of some bylaws of the entry and residency laws based on the Cabinet decision. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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