The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Thousands benefit from new visa regulations

posted on 07/03/2004: 1235 views

Thousands of people have already benefited from the new law which allows visitors to obtain employment visas without leaving the UAE. The law was laid down by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan after the Kish Airline plane crashed during a visa-change run, killing 43 passengers and crew.

Expatriates who enter the country as tourists and then find work can now change their visa status to an employment visa without the need to leave and re-enter the UAE. Previously, many people would take short trips to neighbouring countries to minimise the inconvenience of changing their visa status. And only visitors, such as lawyers, doctors, accountants, engineers, journalists and oil experts were exempt from the rule.

Lt Col Salem Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Sharjah Naturalisation and Residency Department, told Gulf News that a large number of expatriates have benefited from the new rule. He added that the Ministry of Interior and the General Naturalisation and Residency authorities were still drawing up details of the new law which is expected to be finalised within days.

However, the official pointed out that anyone who made a second consecutive trip under a visitors' visa would still have to fly to another country before returning to the UAE on a new tourist visa. Visitors are normally allowed a 60-day visa, which can then be extended for another 30 days. The director said: "UAE's rules stipulate that visitors are issued with new visas while they are in their home countries and not in the emirates."

However, an Interior Ministry official said the visit visa rules have not been finalised yet. "The ministry is considering suggestions stating that people who arrived to the UAE on visit visas should no longer be allowed to renew the visa without leaving the country for 1 to 3 months. The new rules are aimed at easing the procedure for visitors to obtain employment visas. It also eliminates the need for taking visa-change flights to other countries such as Kish. (The Gulf News)


03 May 2017 Entry visas on arrival for Indians with US visas or green card holders
04 August 2016 503 fake passports seized over six months at Dubai airport
03 August 2016 Senegal grants visa exemption for UAE nationals
28 July 2016 Record number of Emiratis visiting Britain using Electronic Visa Waver System
21 July 2016 UAE participates in meeting of Arab officials of immigration, naturalisation and passport authorities

Most Read