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Visa pacts under review

Posted on 25/12/2006

The ministry of foreign affairs has been asked by the Cabinet yesterday to review its reciprocal visa procedures policy in light of "some foreign countries', particularly European," refusal to grant Emaratis the same treatment their nationals get at UAE ports. "We will negotiate with these countries to facilitate the entry of UAE nationals to those countries," Mohammad Hussain Al Sha'ali, Minister State for Foreign Affairs told Gulf News yesterday. "We will hopefully find a suitable way to ...  >>MORE

25% rise in number of Dubai residents applying for UK visas

Posted on 24/11/2006

More and more Dubai residents are applying to visit the United Kingdom, according to figures released by the British Embassy. Over the past year there has been a nearly one quarter increase in the number of applications to the British Embassy in Dubai for UK visas. The rise comes in the wake of the introduction by the embassy earlier this year of online visa applications. Between January and October last year, the British Embassy in Dubai received a total of 32,704 applications for UK ...  >>MORE

Solution to Bedouins problem imminent: Interior Minister

Posted on 26/10/2006

The United Arab Emirates is determined to resolve the issue of Bedouins (stateless people), according to Interior Minister Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued directives to seek a solution that will lead to closing the Bedouins file once and for all," Sheikh Saif said. He revealed that a joint committee, headed by Brigadier Abdul Aziz Maktoum Al Shareefi, Director of Protective Security Department at the ...  >>MORE

No more ban stamps in expats' passports

Posted on 21/07/2006

Passports of expatriates barred by the Ministry of Labour from working in the UAE will no longer get a ban stamp, a circular issued by the ministry said. According to the circular issued on July 17, expatriates sanctioned with a one- year work ban will only be registered in the ministry's database. An official at the Labour Relations Department said that having the ban stamped on one's passport was deemed "uncivilised." The circular also stipulates that original passports and labour cards will ...  >>MORE

Residents will not need entry visa for GCC countries

Posted on 27/05/2006

Expatriates living and working in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will be able to visit the member states without an entry visa. According to a "Khaleej Times" report, Secretary-General of the GCC Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Attiya told the paper yesterday that Kuwait had opened its borders for the residents of other member countries as a pioneering step. The decision will help in boosting trade and tourism ties among the member countries. "The Secretariat General of ...  >>MORE

New system to speed up processing of UAE visas

Posted on 25/03/2006

In an attempt to streamline visa application procedures, a unified electronic integrated solutions project is being launched in naturalisation and residency departments throughout the UAE, the Ministry of Interior said. According to Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Interior Minister, the project will enable applicants to conduct transactions electronically, including applying for entry permits and residence visas, paying fees, tracking status and follow-up procedures, ...  >>MORE

Visa information service for Germans launched

Posted on 28/02/2006

As part of its strategy to enhance its services and expand its operations within the UAE and abroad, the ETISALAT Contact Centre has announced the successful launch of a dedicated Visa Information Service set up on behalf of the German consulate in Dubai. The fully automated information service started its operations this month and operates out of ETISALAT's Contact Centre facility in Ajman. It caters to callers from throughout the UAE and provides general information about the Consulate, and ...  >>MORE

E-immigration services begin from Jan. 21

Posted on 20/01/2006

The General Directorate of Naturalisation and Residence has embarked on a multi-faceted project for electronic immigration services. The services will be launched from January 21, according to the Dubai-based "Khaleej Times.” Announcing details of the project after signing an agreement here on Tuesday, Brigadier Mohammed Salim bin Owaidha Al Khaili, Director-General of Naturalisation and Residence, said the project would include seven services which aim at facilitating procedures and saving ...  >>MORE

UAE citizens granted entry visas at Yemen airports

Posted on 02/01/2006

The Yemeni authorities have decided to grant UAE citizens entry visas to Yemen through its airports and boundary portals, stated to Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarmen, Assistant Under Secretary for Specialized Affaires at the Ministry of Foreign Affaires. He said the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affaires had received an official memorandum from the Yemeni Government to that effect and that the same procedures would be applicable to citizens of the GCC countries and several other nations. (The Emirates ...  >>MORE

Doctors, engineers and lawyers entitled to Mission Entry Visas

Posted on 11/10/2005

Expatriate doctors, engineers, lawyers and technicians are entitled to obtain the newly introduced Mission Entry Visa, according to an Interior Ministry's decision. Under the decision issued by Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, the visa will be issued to those who come for temporary jobs with the permission of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. It is issued for three months for a fee of Dh600 and can be renewed only once for another three ...  >>MORE

Workers over 60 can renew labour permits

Posted on 19/09/2005

Expatriate workers, who are over 60 years old, can now renew their labour permits until they reach the age of 65, but specialised professionals can continue until 70, according to new rules issued by the Labour and Social Affairs Minister yesterday. Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi issued the new rules on renewing labour permits and transferring sponsorship for expatriates aged over 60 working in the private sector. Previously, workers over 60 could only renew their labour permits if they ...  >>MORE

Mission Entry Visa comes into effect

Posted on 11/09/2005

The new Mission Entry Visa went into effect yesterday, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs said yesterday. Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi told reporters that the decision to issue mission entry visas for people working on special projects has been implemented. He said that in accordance with the agreement with the Ministry of Interior, renewable visas for 90 days will be issued to workers who are needed for special projects. Khaliel Khoury, director of the work permit department at the ...  >>MORE

UAE iris scanning system world's best

Posted on 05/09/2005

A UAE research study on the iris scanning system installed at checkpoints nationwide shows no false matches in about 200 billion cross-comparisons of different iris patterns. According to the scientific study conducted by Dr John Daugman of the University of Cambridge, the system developed and installed in the country is one of the most foolproof and reliable sources of identification. Dr Daugman used 632,500 different iris patterns that allowed 200 billion comparisons to examine for matches ...  >>MORE

Mission visa mainly for energy sector

Posted on 30/08/2005

The new Mission Entry Visa will be issued to establishments in the oil and energy sector, according to documents obtained by Gulf News yesterday. According to the administrative circular No 77 for 2005 issued by the office of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the issuance of mission entry visas is "restricted to establishments operating in the oil and energy sector and any other establishment or sectors specified by a decision of the Minister of Labour." Workers ...  >>MORE

Interior Minister issues decree on 90-day entry visa

Posted on 28/08/2005

Interior Minister, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a ministerial decree calling for the introduction of a 90-day entry visa, renewable for the same period. The new visa is to go side by side with those in existence at present which would undergo a slight amendment. The decree states that the new visa shall be issued at all the country's points of entry, including land, sea and airports. Another type of visa is to be introduced for issuance to the private sector by the ...  >>MORE

Expatriates still need NOC to change jobs

Posted on 24/08/2005

The Ministry of Interior yesterday announced that it has stopped stamping the ban on the passports of expatriate workers in the private sector whose residence visas have been cancelled. A senior government official, however, told Gulf News workers must still obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to move jobs. The official said the lifting of the ban by the Naturalisation and Residency departments ensured all labour issues would be referred to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, ...  >>MORE

Immigration ban on re-entering the UAE lifted

Posted on 23/08/2005

Expatriates who leave their jobs or cancel their residence visas will no longer be banned by immigration authorities from re-entering the UAE, a senior Ministry of Interior official has told Gulf News. Earlier, when expatriates received a ban from the labour ministry, they would automatically get a ban stamped on their passports by immigration authorities as well, which would bar them from entering the UAE during the ban period. However, the automatic immigration ban has now been done away ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Immigration gets VIP transactions section

Posted on 23/08/2005

Interior Minister, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a ministerial decree setting up a new section at the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department, ADNRD. The new section, which shall be known as the Special Services Office, or the VIP Section, shall deal with all immigration and naturalisation-related transactions based on high quality and expedite service. According to Matar Salim bin Musai'ed Al Nayadi, Director of the Information Technology at the Interior ...  >>MORE

No change in structure of visit visa – Ministry

Posted on 16/08/2005

The Ministry of Interior yesterday confirmed there is no change in the charges or the structure of the visit visa. Lieutenant Colonel Rashid Al Khidhar, Legal Adviser at the Directorate of Naturalisation and Residence in the ministry, told Gulf News a visit visa is still issued for two months for a fee of Dh100 and can be renewed for another 30 days for an additional fee of Dh500. There was confusion earlier, with media reports saying under a recent Cabinet amendment of a decision on visa ...  >>MORE

Mission Visa helps hiring of skilled staff

Posted on 16/08/2005

The Ministry of Interior yesterday clarified that the recent amendment by the Cabinet of an earlier decision on the visa and fee structure pertains only to a new visa introduced to facilitate the Labour Ministry's Temporary Work Permit. Lieutenant Colonel Rashid Al Khidhar, Legal Adviser at the Directorate of Naturalisation and Residence in the ministry, told Gulf News it is a completely new type of visa introduced to facilitate Labour Ministry's Temporary Work Permit, which is issued for a ...  >>MORE

Sponsorship transfer gets Cabinet consent

Posted on 13/08/2005

The Cabinet yesterday issued a decision allowing the transfer of sponsorship in all categories of expatriate workers under certain conditions. Expatriates will now be allowed to transfer their sponsorships, but must still obtain a No-Objection Certificate from their sponsor before they can transfer, according to the decision, a WAM report said. Article 1 of the decision stipulates that the sponsorship may be transferred with the approval of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs or ...  >>MORE

Other entry permit fees unchanged

Posted on 10/08/2005

The new fee structure approved by the Cabinet for visit visas will not affect other types of entry permits, Ministry of Interior sources said yesterday. Sources said the fees and procedures for other types of visas, such as transit, tourist and entry service permits will remain unchanged. The Cabinet recently approved the amended fee structure for visit visas, under which a visit visa will be issued for three months for a fee of Dh600. It can be renewed for an additional fee of Dh1,200 for ...  >>MORE

Visit visa likely to cost Dh600 from next month

Posted on 09/08/2005

The Cabinet has approved the amended fee structures for visit visas, an official said yesterday. Under the new structure, an official of the Abu Dhabi Immigration Department said a visit visa will be issued for three months against a fee of Dh600. It can be renewed against an additional fee of Dh1,200 for another three months. The official said the fees are likely to be implemented from next month. The new changes come under the Cabinet decision No 16 for 2005, amending some provisions of ...  >>MORE

UAE citizens to have entry visa to Iran at port of entry

Posted on 07/08/2005

UAE nationals travelling to the Islamic Republic of Iran can now have their entry visa to the country at the port of entry, it was revealed by a senior official from the UAE foreign ministry. According to Obeid Ibrahim Al Za'abi, Director of the Foreign Ministry's Department of Consular Affairs, the UAE foreign ministry had received a memorandum to that effect from its Iranian counterpart saying that the Iranian authorities had decided to give UAE citizens travelling to Iran a seven-day entry ...  >>MORE

Clinic e-Service conducts 1000 medical tests a day

Posted on 07/08/2005

Dubai Municipality has announced that its recently launched state-of-the-art e-service, 'Clinic', has helped in increasing revenues for its clinic by 15 per cent, as a result of the major rise in the number of applicants after the implementation of the new system. The 'Clinic' eService simplifies and speeds up the medical test procedures required to obtain residence visas and work permits. Since the implementation of 'Clinic', Dubai Municipality has been able to process over 1000 medical ...  >>MORE

DNRD refutes reports that senior residents will have UAE passport

Posted on 26/07/2005

Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department (DNRD) has refuted newspaper reports published yesterday, Monday, claiming that all expatriates residing in Dubai for 20 years or more will be eligible for UAE passport, while adding that the Department has no jurisdiction in matters relating to the issuance of passports. Commenting on the report, Brigadier Saeed bin Belailah, Director, DNRD, said, "The impression conveyed by newspaper reports that all expatriates residing in Dubai for more than ...  >>MORE

Visit visas from travel agents will not be extended

Posted on 15/06/2005

Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department yesterday denied it would no longer be extending visit visas for individuals, but confirmed rules governing tourists sponsored by travel agents had changed. The department said those entering the country on a visit visa sponsored by individuals could still extend their visit visa for 30 days. "The rule is that the visit visa is for 30 days, with another 30 days' grace period, which can be extended to a further 30 days following a payment of ...  >>MORE

UAE may ease visa policy

Posted on 04/05/2005

The UAE Government is studying further liberalisation of its visa policy for visitors to boost growth in the tourism sector, a senior Dubai Government official said. "The government is looking into it and we expect some more relaxation," said Khalid Ahmad Bin Sulayem, director-general of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), which regulates tourism in Dubai. "The UAE has already relaxed its visa policy for incoming foreign visitors. Nationals of many countries do not ...  >>MORE

75pc of visas issued electronically by DNRD

Posted on 28/03/2005

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has achieved a major milestone by issuing 75 per cent of the visit, work (government sector) and transit visas electronically during the past three months. A total of 3,600 companies took advantage of the online visa application facility, involving 7,709 users. The advanced system offers many attractive features to large and small companies, such as saving time and effort. "The DNRD portal >>MORE

Parents need to pay visa transfer fee for children

Posted on 28/03/2005

Residents who need to obtain passports for their children who are currently endorsed on their documents will also have to pay to transfer their residence visas. "Those children who are endorsed on their parent's passport with a valid visa for more than six months can have them transferred to separate passports after paying a fee of Dh100,” an official said. Those whose residence visas are not valid for more than six months will have to pay a renewal fee of Dh300 for a three-year visa. The ...  >>MORE

Dependents entering UAE must have separate passports: Official

Posted on 23/03/2005

The UAE decision to ban issuance of entry permits to dependents who are on their guardians' passports is aimed at checking violations to the permitted age-limit of camel jockeys, a senior Ministry of Interior official said in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The official said the ban would be applicable to dependents from countries known to be supplying jockeys to the UAE. "As an effective way of checking circumventions to the permitted age-limit for jockeys, the UAE has requested some countries, known ...  >>MORE

Salary limit for applicants seeking visit visas raised

Posted on 04/01/2005

UAE residents are finding it difficult to get visit visas for relatives because the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department has changed the rule without making any announcement. The minimum salary clause for seeking visit visas was introduced last year, but are no longer being implemented. The clause allowed residents with a minimum salary of Dh5,000 to get visas for relatives and friends by depositing Dh2,000. a visit visa for a relative. An official at the DNRD told Gulf News a new ...  >>MORE

New ID card can be used for UAE entry

Posted on 25/12/2004

Saudi citizens will soon be able to enter the UAE with their new national identity card. The decision is effective January 12, General Salim Al Bilaihid, the Director-General of the Saudi Passports Department, said yesterday. Saudi citizens will be able to enter the UAE using only their identity cards, he said. Saudis may also enter using their passports, which will not be stamped at entry points. He said similar arrangements are being considered with other Gulf states. Gen Al Bilaihid said ...  >>MORE

DNRD implements state-of-the-art disaster recovery system

Posted on 19/09/2004

As part of the ongoing campaign to implement advanced IT systems and improve its functioning and customer service, Dubai Naturalization and Residency Administration (DNRD) has implemented a state-of-the-art disaster recovery and data storage solution for higher business continuity. The project has been designed to offer DNRD greater security and easy access to information, through automatic updating and back-up of data, according to a press release. The solution has been implemented at ...  >>MORE

Visa delivery fee increased

Posted on 19/09/2004

A Dh10 charge for people who want to place visas at Dubai International Airport for collection by arriving passengers will be increased to Dh20 from October 1, a DNATA spokesman announced. A DNATA statement said it was to help offset the increasing administrative costs of the service and rising demand. DNATA has been offering a visa deposit and collection service since 1998 in co-ordination with the airport immigration department. The charge has been Dh10 since its introduction. "This ...  >>MORE

UAE issues 2.6m visas in 2003

Posted on 08/08/2004

The UAE issued a record 2.6 million visas to foreigners coming to the country either for tourism or work last year, a sign of its willingness to accept job-seekers while working hard to attract vacationers. Official figures showed Indians and Iranians had the majority of those work visas and more than half of them were issued in Dubai. The figures provided by the Interior Ministry's Naturalisation and Immigration Department showed that 2,617,907 visas were issued, out of which 1,885,608 ...  >>MORE

Expats can work under local wife's sponsorship

Posted on 21/07/2004

The UAE government, on a recommendation from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, has allowed the expatriate men married to national women to work in the country while being on their wife's sponsorship and without having to transfer their sponsorship on the companies employing them. A labour card will be issued to the foreigner sponsored by his local wife who married upon a special permission from the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as per a law regulating ...  >>MORE

Traders must cancel labour cards by today

Posted on 20/07/2004

The grace period for cancellation of labour cards held by businessmen and application for investor residency visas from the Department of Naturalisation and Residency ends today. Starting tomorrow, people in charge of businesses of any size working with a UAE national partner do not have to obtain a labour card from the labour ministry. Once businessmen obtain a licence from the Economic Department and the residence visa is stamped in his/her passport, he or she can start working ...  >>MORE

Local women can now sponsor expat husbands

Posted on 14/07/2004

Foreigners married to local women can now be sponsored by their wives and obtain a labour card, said a senior official. Earlier, non-nationals married to local women were not allowed to have the sponsorship of their wives. The new system is based on the cabinet decree No. 3/455 of 2004 which stipulates that it is permissible that husbands in this category could be sponsored by their wives, said Dr Khazraji. The ministerial decision will be implemented with immediate effect, he said. The ...  >>MORE

Electronic card now mandatory for expatriates

Posted on 07/07/2004

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has made it mandatory for every expatriate applying for residence visas for his/ her dependants be them spouse, children or other family members, to obtain an e-card, the electronic card that allows users of Dubai International Airport to enter and exit through the electronic gate (e-gate) in just five seconds without passing through the immigration counters. This was announced last Tuesday by Colonel Ali Bu Jasseim, Deputy Director ...  >>MORE

DNRD launches Distinguished Guest project

Posted on 07/07/2004

Businessmen visiting Dubai frequently will be treated as distinguished guests by the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, DNRD, which will issue them, upon the request of their sponsoring companies, pre-loaded e-cards valid for two year that will allow them unlimited number of entries on visit visa to Dubai, only via Dubai International Airport or any other entry point in the emirate. The Distinguished Guest Project was unveiled yesterday by Brig. Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, ...  >>MORE

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Visa pacts under review


25% rise in number of Dubai residents applying for UK visas


Solution to Bedouins problem imminent: Interior Minister


No more ban stamps in expats' passports


Residents will not need entry visa for GCC countries


New system to speed up processing of UAE visas


Visa information service for Germans launched


E-immigration services begin from Jan. 21


UAE citizens granted entry visas at Yemen airports


Doctors, engineers and lawyers entitled to Mission Entry Visas


Workers over 60 can renew labour permits


Mission Entry Visa comes into effect


UAE iris scanning system world's best


Mission visa mainly for energy sector


Interior Minister issues decree on 90-day entry visa


Expatriates still need NOC to change jobs


Immigration ban on re-entering the UAE lifted


Abu Dhabi Immigration gets VIP transactions section


No change in structure of visit visa – Ministry


Mission Visa helps hiring of skilled staff


Sponsorship transfer gets Cabinet consent


Other entry permit fees unchanged


Visit visa likely to cost Dh600 from next month


UAE citizens to have entry visa to Iran at port of entry


Clinic e-Service conducts 1000 medical tests a day


DNRD refutes reports that senior residents will have UAE passport


Visit visas from travel agents will not be extended


UAE may ease visa policy


75pc of visas issued electronically by DNRD


Parents need to pay visa transfer fee for children


Dependents entering UAE must have separate passports: Official


Salary limit for applicants seeking visit visas raised


New ID card can be used for UAE entry


DNRD implements state-of-the-art disaster recovery system


Visa delivery fee increased


UAE issues 2.6m visas in 2003


Expats can work under local wife's sponsorship


Traders must cancel labour cards by today


Local women can now sponsor expat husbands


Electronic card now mandatory for expatriates


DNRD launches Distinguished Guest project