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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

E-Visa service for GCC expatriates

Posted on 27/06/2004

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department will expand its e-services and introduce a new facility on its web site enabling expatriate residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries wishing to visit Dubai to apply online and secure their visas before arriving in the emirate, according to a high ranking official. The new facility has already been launched on trial basis, Brigadier Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of DNRD, said, according to the "Khaleej Times.” He said that the ...  >>MORE

Mandatory sit-out period likely after visa expires

Posted on 12/05/2004

The UAE is planning a total revamp of entry policy including rules of visit, transit and tourist visas. The proposed regulations are aimed at curbing illegal practices including staying and working in the country without the necessary paperwork. The main feature of the proposed regulations is the introduction of a ban period after the expiry of the visit or tourist visa. The legal amendments will be issued within three months according to a senior source at the UAE Naturalisation and Residency ...  >>MORE

New visa rule for job changeover

Posted on 03/05/2004

The General Department of Naturalisation and Residency is considering the application of a one-month system between the issuance of new visit or tourist visas for those whose residences have been cancelled without getting a ban and have acquired new jobs. Brigadier Hadher bin Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director General of the department, said the department would approve issuing new employment visas for those whose residences had been cancelled without getting a ban only from the date of cancellation, ...  >>MORE

Visa cancellation, entry ban rules to be revised

Posted on 25/04/2004

Employers will no longer be allowed to arbitrarily instruct immigration authorities to cancel an employee's visa and ban him from returning for employment, a top immigration official told Gulf News yesterday. Brigadier Hadher Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director of the General Directorate of Naturalisation and Residency at the Interior Ministry, said plans are underway to revise the laws on employment visa cancellation and the six-month re-entry ban. The official said some employers have been ...  >>MORE

Check your visa status at touch of a button

Posted on 29/03/2004

Visa applicants in Sharjah can now track the status of their applications by the touch of a button. The Sharjah Naturalisation and Residency Department (SNRD) has opened a new section with a touch-screen terminal which enables customers to check their applications without the need to visit the counter. A barcode scanner has been installed which allows the applicants to scan their personal reference number, provided to them after applying to the SNRD. The centre would offer a variety of ...  >>MORE

Thousands benefit from new visa regulations

Posted on 07/03/2004

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, ...  >>MORE

Group visas limited to firms with at least 40 workers

Posted on 02/03/2004

Only companies with 40 or more workers will qualify for a group work permit. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has raised the cut off from 25 to 40 to keep better watch on the number of workers entering the country and to streamline applications. A source at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs told Gulf News: "The Ministry has prepared a report that stipulates that only companies with 40 or more workers are given a group work permit. The new procedure will help us to monitor ...  >>MORE

Ministries to implement Zayed's order on visit visas

Posted on 24/02/2004

The Cabinet held its weekly meeting here on Monday under the chairmanship of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister. The Cabinet assigned the Ministries of Labour, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Justice and Islamic Affairs and Awqaf to implement the orders of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on the annulment of the visit visa rule. The ministries are to adopt necessary measures to implement the orders of President Sheikh Zayed. (The Emirates News ...  >>MORE

New visa regulations approved

Posted on 17/02/2004

The government gave residency authorities the green light to alter the visa status eliminating the need for expatriates to exit the country, a Cabinet source said yesterday. This follows a directive from President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, prompted by the Sharjah air crash in which at least 43 people died while returning from a 'visa-change flight'. However, no details were released with regard to rule changes. Cabinet sources said Sheikh Zayed's orders were immediately ...  >>MORE

New visa rules to take effect today

Posted on 15/02/2004

Details of new rules to allow visitors to obtain employment visas without leaving the UAE are expected to be finalised today. The Ministry of Interior and the General Naturalisation and Residency authorities are finalising details of the new law after President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan gave the order. At least 43 passengers died in a plane crash while on a visa-change flight from Kish to Sharjah on Tuesday. A spokesman said that the new system for implementing the visa ...  >>MORE

Zayed cancels visa flights

Posted on 13/02/2004

The law which demands that visitors to the UAE must leave the country before re-entering with a new entry visa is to be cancelled. A letter was sent yesterday from President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai directing him to annul the departure stipulation nationwide. Sheikh Zayed said that the move was part of his commitment to easing visa procedure. He directed ...  >>MORE

Dubai scraps rule to leave country for visa status change

Posted on 11/02/2004

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, has ordered new measures to ensure that there will no longer be any need for people on visit visas, who have been issued work permits, to leave the country to convert them to residence visas. Sheikh Mohammed's orders will take effect immediately at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department. Col. Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of DNRD, told Gulf News the new arrangement will cover all ...  >>MORE

E-transfer of medical test results for visa renewal

Posted on 30/01/2004

Expatriates undergoing their medical tests every three years for renewal of residence visas no longer need to visit the clinic to collect the result. Instead, the result will be electronically transmitted via an e-link, as part of the larger e-government project. The e-Clinic project will be done on a trial basis, according to an announcement yesterday by the Clinical and Medical Services Section of Dubai Municipality's Public Health Department. In the coming three weeks the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Deposits unified for visit visas; Dh2,000 fixed as security deposit

Posted on 24/01/2004

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, DNRD, has removed the disparities over the amount of security deposit required for visit visas for distant relatives, and has reverted to the unified deposit of Dh2,000 according to Col Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of DNRD. The Dh2,000 security deposit is only required from Dubai residents who apply for visit visas for their distant relatives or friends, said Col Bin Bleilah, clarifying that an expatriate does not need to furnish the ...  >>MORE

Business visa rules to be revamped

Posted on 08/11/2003

Businessmen and self-employed craftsmen who do not employ staff will obtain their residence visa directly from the Naturalisation and Residency departments. However, craftsmen owning businesses employing up to five workers will continue to get their permit from the Ministry of Labour. Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs said the ministry will soon issue a decision to organise the issuing of visas for business people who fall under this description. "The decision ...  >>MORE

Group visas in one week's time from November 15

Posted on 02/11/2003

The current average period of six weeks required to process group employment visa applications at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will be reduced to one week with the introduction of an electronic system for processing of group visas by the middle of this month, according to a senior official. The new system was originally planned for launch on October 15, but it was subjected to few changes. A meeting will be held this week to approve the final proposal of the project in preparation ...  >>MORE

Ministry to link job offer with issuance of visa

Posted on 02/10/2003

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will soon make it compulsory for all private companies applying for individual or group employment visas to furnish the details of the labour contracts of the employees to be recruited, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. "The move is aimed at curbing the practice of signing duplicate labour contracts with expatriate workers. It will also boost Emiratisation, streamline procedures and help speed up the process of ...  >>MORE

Intranet set up to issue group visas

Posted on 30/09/2003

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has set up an intranet system to fast track the process of issuing group visas to companies, said a senior official yesterday. Ahmed Kajoor, Assistant Undersecretary of the ministry, said the system which will be launched within a week or two will stop misplacement of applications for group visas and facilitate processing and controlling of visas. The new system, designed by the ministry, will save time and effort with representatives of companies ...  >>MORE

New residence permit norms for investors

Posted on 21/09/2003

The General Naturalisation and Residency Department has started new procedures for foreign investors applying for residence permits. These permits are to be processed under a separate category at the department, unlike other residence permits, which are issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The director general of the department Brigadier Hadher Khalaf Al Muhairi said the move had been taken to streamline procedures for investors. Brigadier Al Muhairi said: "Investors, ...  >>MORE

No exit visa change, Dh500 under study

Posted on 20/09/2003

The General Naturalisation and Residency Administration is considering cancelling the exit and re-entry system of people whom new employment visas are issued, replacing it by the payment of fees of Dh500. Brigadier Hadher Al Muhairi, Director General of the Administration said this system would be introduced in all naturalisation and residency administrations following the example of the system applicable in Dubai. He added that the naturalisation administrations have started issuing the ...  >>MORE

Technical specifications for common GCC ID approved

Posted on 15/09/2003

Immigration officials of the GCC countries yesterday approved technical specifications for unified GCC Identity Cards for citizens of the member states to travel within the council territories. They will begin today a three-day meeting to discuss the mechanism for the early introduction of the card. The specifications were approved during the first meeting of the Technical Committee; presided over by Major Nassir bin Abdullah Al Thani, Head of the Qatari delegation, in Abu Dhabi yesterday. ...  >>MORE

Campaign to update travellers on visa rules

Posted on 26/08/2003

Immigration authorities are attempting to make entry into Dubai a trouble-free experience by ensuring that visitors are fully informed of visa requirements. They have launched an awareness campaign aimed at making all nationalities aware of the rules that apply to them. Officials hope that informing visitors of the rules before they arrive will prevent people from flouting the law and make it easier for officials to enforce immigration rules against real offenders. One source at the General ...  >>MORE

Nearly 1m visas issued last year, 78% to Asians

Posted on 04/08/2003

The Departments of Naturalisation and Residency across the UAE issued some 815,000 visas last year, of which 78 per cent went to Asian nationals, said a report issued by the Directorate of Planning at the Ministry of Interior. The visas ranged from renewals to fresh permits issued to workers in both public and private sectors and their dependents, including domestic helpers. Some 355,000 new visas were issued to applicants from various countries, while 459,000 residence visas were renewed. ...  >>MORE

DNRD begins refunding deposits for parent visas

Posted on 09/07/2003

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) yesterday started releasing the Dh5,000 deposit for visas given on humanitarian grounds. Col. Saeed Matar bin Bleilah, Director General of the Department (DNRD), said in April last year that the department was permitting expatriate workers to sponsor their parents on a residence visa. He said that parents could be sponsored on renewable residence visas for one year provided that a sponsor pays Dh5, 000 for each parent as a deposit. He ...  >>MORE

Fees to avoid exit for new job visas studied

Posted on 05/07/2003

The General Directorate of Naturalisation and Residency Department is considering adopting a new procedure for expatriates who are issued new labour permits to stay in the country without taking an exit. According to a department source the proposal is being studied with other naturalisation and residency departments nationwide to come up with a final decision. It is being debated with the airline companies operating in the country, in view of the fact that they prefer those with expired ...  >>MORE

Ministries cooperate over visas

Posted on 28/06/2003

Workers will have their labour cards and residence visas cancelled at the same time, according to a decision of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The two ministries are cooperating with each other to make sure that ministerial Decree number 30 for 2001 concerning transfer of sponsorship and the six-month ban for workers cancelling their residency visas is strictly implemented. According to a ministry of labour source some workers are still cancelling ...  >>MORE

Single Gulf visa likely this year

Posted on 24/06/2003

Businessmen may be allowed to move freely among the GCC countries on a single visa by the end of this year, a senior official said yesterday. "A proposal to allow all businessmen to move freely among the GCC member countries will be submitted to the next GCC summit scheduled for late December, said Mohammed bin Obaid Al Mazroui, GCC Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, at a seminar on the implementation procedures for the GCC Customs Union held at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and ...  >>MORE

Labour card cancellation rules modified

Posted on 23/06/2003

An expatriate worker whose labour card is cancelled may not be retained with the employer unless a new work permit is obtained, according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. "If a sponsor cancels the labour card of an employee but later decides to make the worker stay on in the UAE, he (the sponsor) has to apply for a new work permit," said the circular signed by Dr Khalid Al Khazraji, Undersecretary of the ministry. The move was prompted by the fact that ...  >>MORE

Visa ban on expats begins

Posted on 21/06/2003

All the Naturalisation and Residency departments (NRDs) in the country last week began implementing the six-month ban on all categories of expatriates seeking to change their jobs and transfer their sponsorships, according to Interior Ministry officials. A top official of the Sharjah Residency and Naturalisation Department said the majority will have to leave according to the Cabinet's decision which said that expatriates of all categories should leave the country for six months. They should ...  >>MORE

Online visas for individuals planned

Posted on 06/06/2003

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has been processing 300 visas online daily. More than 500,000 transactions have been conducted online since the DNRD introduced the service some years ago. Colonel Ali Mohammed Bujsaim, Assistant Director, told Gulf News yesterday that there has been a sharp increase in the number of users following the launch of e-government. The average number of online transactions has been increasing every year. The department will soon offer the ...  >>MORE

New visa transfer rule from next week

Posted on 26/05/2003

The new law on transfer of sponsorship will be implemented from next week, Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, told Gulf News yesterday. According to the recently amended federal law, those seeking to transfer their sponsorship must have spent at least one year in the first job instead of two as was initially decided. Al Tayer said a circular will be distributed among the ministry's labour departments to implement the new regulation. Workers of nine categories such ...  >>MORE

Interior Ministry arrests 2,931 infiltrators in April

Posted on 04/05/2003

The Interior Ministry has arrested a total of 2931 infiltrators throughout the month of April, an official source from the ministry said. The source commended the concerned security organisations for their good efforts in apprehending and arresting infiltrators, who try to sneak in to the country illegally. He also commended both the UAE nationals and expatriates for their support and cooperation by providing valuable information to the police, which contributed immensely to the successful ...  >>MORE

Eye ID to check ban circumvention

Posted on 04/05/2003

An eye-screening for foolproof identification purposes has been made mandatory for all expatriates who leave the UAE after cancelling their residence visas and bearing a six-month ban on re-employment in the country. General Director of the Residency and Naturalisation Department of the Ministry of Interior Brigadier Hadhir bin Khalef Al Muhairy said on Saturday that the move was aimed at preventing those who have been banned from re-employment for six months from circumventing the measure by ...  >>MORE

Security deposit on visit visa to be refunded in full: Bleilah

Posted on 12/04/2003

The security deposit of Dh2,000, collected by the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) from a person applying for a visit visa for a relative other than a parent or any other immediate kin, will be returned in full to the sponsor when the guest leaves the country, Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of DNRD, said. Commenting on complaints from some applicants who approached the DNRD for the refund of the security deposit who said that they were being told to submit the ...  >>MORE

Investors need not get labour cards

Posted on 25/03/2003

Investors, whether large or small, will no longer have to obtain a labour card from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The move has been taken to streamline procedures for investors who now only need apply for a residence visa to the Naturalisation and Residency Department, Dr Khalid Al Khazraji, Under Secretary of the Ministry for Labour Affairs told Gulf News. Once an investor has the residence visa stamped on his passport and obtains a licence from the Economic Department, he or she ...  >>MORE

UAE plans to tighten visit visa rules

Posted on 11/03/2003

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 ...  >>MORE

UAE steps up drive against illegals

Posted on 03/03/2003

The UAE is tightening the noose around illegal Asian migrants with intensified raids on suspected hideouts and the introduction of a new investigative departure form to ensure they benefit from a four-month amnesty and do not think of coming back. Immigration authorities said all illegal migrants permitted to leave under the general amnesty announced on January 1 must fill a new form giving details of their stay in the country, how they sneaked in, who helped them and how they transferred ...  >>MORE

Smart card project to be phased in

Posted on 01/03/2003

The Ministry of Interior has signed a Dh194 million contract with a leading French IT company to provide the technology to implement the long-awaited National Identity Card (NIC) for residents. The contract, between the ministry and SAGEM SA of France, was signed by Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Undersecretary of the ministry and Jean-Paul Jainsky, the company's Managing Director for Security Division, at the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police on Wednesday. The project ...  >>MORE

526,070 visit visas issued in Dubai last year

Posted on 05/02/2003

Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) issued 526,070 visit visas in 2002, said a senior official. "Our office issued a total of 526,070 visit, 180,085 tourist visas and 1,918 multiple entry business visas last year," said Lt. Colonel Rashid Bakhit Al Jumairi, head of entry permit section at the DNRD. "We also processed 67,699 employment visas and 43,759 family residence visas for wives and children. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs issued 133,995 employment visas as well ...  >>MORE

All emirates to enforce Dh2,000 visit visa bond

Posted on 31/01/2003

The Dh2,000 visit visa bond will be enforced by all emirates as soon as a mechanism for implementation of the rule is finalised, according to Brigadier Hader Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director-General of Naturalisation and Residency (GDNR). He said the directorate, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Finance and Industry was working on a mechanism for collection of the deposit. Once finalised, the rule, which is currently implemented by the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), will ...  >>MORE

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DNRD launches Distinguished Guest project


E-Visa service for GCC expatriates


Mandatory sit-out period likely after visa expires


New visa rule for job changeover


Visa cancellation, entry ban rules to be revised


Check your visa status at touch of a button


Thousands benefit from new visa regulations


Group visas limited to firms with at least 40 workers


Ministries to implement Zayed's order on visit visas


New visa regulations approved


New visa rules to take effect today


Zayed cancels visa flights


Dubai scraps rule to leave country for visa status change


E-transfer of medical test results for visa renewal


Deposits unified for visit visas; Dh2,000 fixed as security deposit


Business visa rules to be revamped


Group visas in one week's time from November 15


Ministry to link job offer with issuance of visa


Intranet set up to issue group visas


New residence permit norms for investors


No exit visa change, Dh500 under study


Technical specifications for common GCC ID approved


Campaign to update travellers on visa rules


Nearly 1m visas issued last year, 78% to Asians


DNRD begins refunding deposits for parent visas


Fees to avoid exit for new job visas studied


Ministries cooperate over visas


Single Gulf visa likely this year


Labour card cancellation rules modified


Visa ban on expats begins


Online visas for individuals planned


New visa transfer rule from next week


Interior Ministry arrests 2,931 infiltrators in April


Eye ID to check ban circumvention


Security deposit on visit visa to be refunded in full: Bleilah


Investors need not get labour cards


UAE plans to tighten visit visa rules


UAE steps up drive against illegals


Smart card project to be phased in


526,070 visit visas issued in Dubai last year


All emirates to enforce Dh2,000 visit visa bond