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UAE plans to tighten visit visa rules

posted on 11/03/2003: 1504 views

The UAE is planning to introduce curbs on visit visas for some nationalities within an ongoing campaign to flush out illegal migrant and put an end to infiltrations by Asian expatriates, senior officials said yesterday. As a prolonged general amnesty to illegal residents entered its third month, less than 10,000 have departed, prompting officials to intensify raids on suspected hideouts and impose stiff punishment for those who provide haven to them. "There will be certain restrictions on issuing visit visas to some nationalities to limit the number of illegal immigrants," said Major General Saif Al Shaafar, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Security Affairs.

He told reporters: "We are still in the first stage but we are trying to issue visas to visitors who will benefit the country. We want tourists who will give a good idea about the UAE. I think these restrictions and tightened laws will put an end to the problem of illegals." (The Gulf News)


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