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Visa guarantee rule in two months

posted on 19/05/2002: 914 views

The new rule imposing a guarantee for visit visa will be implemented within the next two months, said Brigadier Hader Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director-General of Naturalisation and Residence. Speaking to Khaleej Times in Abu Dhabi yesterday that the new rule would come into effect soon as a mechanism for implementation at the federal level is chalked out, adding that this could be in the next month or two.

He said until then, those wishing to apply for visit visa would have to pay only Dh100, as per the old system, without the need for security deposit. When enforced, security deposit under the new rule will not be a bank guarantee. It will be collected in cash. Brig Muhairi said the rule was suspended and not cancelled as was misunderstood by some circles. A more thorough study on the mechanism to implement the rule is being conducted at the federal level and a comprehensive system that ensures the smooth collection of the guarantee was being worked out, he explained.

The purpose of rule was initially to curb misuse of the visit visa facility by some and to ensure that a visitor does not overstay in the country in violation of the immigration laws. Since the Dh2000 deposit is refundable upon the departure of the visitor, the sponsor can submit the proof of the departure of the visitor to the department from where he had obtained the visa and get his money refunded.

According to ministry sources, the bank guarantee already furnished by applicants before suspension of the rule will not be refunded as a result of the suspension. They will only be refunded after the visitors leave the country. Meanwhile, Brigadier Muhairi said the directorate will, for humanitarian reasons, issue residence visas to expatriates' children above the age of 18 who are staying with their parents for special circumstances.

"We will consider as exceptional case anyone who has no other choice but to stay with his or her parents here," he noted, adding that this was in line with the ministry's policy and in accordance with the directives of the Minister, Lt-General Dr Mohammed Saeed al Badi, and the Ministry's Under-Secretary Major-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He said these cases would include sons who are going to school. The same applies to the daughter, unless she gets married whereof she will have her sponsorship transferred to her husband's visa in case he is a resident of the country or joins him in case he is outside the country. (The Khaleej Times)


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