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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

'Cash deposit for visa rule only for distant relatives'

Posted on 27/01/2003

A decision to collect a refundable Dh2,000 security deposit from expatriates sponsoring visa for their relatives will only apply to people seeking visa for 'distant relatives and friends', the immigration chief in Dubai clarified yesterday. And one senior official said the rule would in effect increase the numbers of visitors because it would expand the scope of individual sponsorship to include people not directly related to the sponsor. Brushing aside rumours that the decision was meant to ...  >>MORE

Dh2,000 bond for visit visa

Posted on 26/01/2003

In a bid to reduce the number of people coming to the UAE on visit visas and seeking jobs, the immigration authorities are collecting a refundable Dh2,000 guarantee from expatriates who wish to sponsor their relatives. Gulf News learnt that the new ruling goes into immediate effect and the guarantee must be paid in cash. No bank guarantee will be accepted. The bond money will be refunded once the person leaves the country. "Expatriates sponsoring their parents or mothers- and ...  >>MORE

No need of deposit on visit visas for parents

Posted on 26/01/2003

Expatriates applying for visas for their parents are exempted from paying the Dh2000 deposit. "Only those individual sponsors applying for visit visas for their next-of-kin or distant relatives are asked to post the Dh2,000 deposit," the official said. "Those who apply for parents or mothers or fathers-in law are exempted from this rule." The deposit will be refunded when the person leaves the country. But the expatriate has to meet certain criteria laid down by the Cabinet, including the ...  >>MORE

Visit visa duration cut for 33 nations

Posted on 20/01/2003

The Cabinet has decided to reduce the visit visa period for citizens of 33 countries who are allowed to enter the UAE without a prior visa to one month non-renewable instead of three months. The Cabinet also decided to impose a charge of Dhs100 per visa to be collected on entry to the UAE through land, seaport and airport entry points. The decision includes citizens from France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, ...  >>MORE

GCC countries plan unified tourist visa

Posted on 11/01/2003

The head of the exhibitions section of the UAE Ministry of Information and Culture, Waleed Omran has revealed that GCC countries were considering a unified tourist visa similar to the Shengen, "The Gulf Today” quoted a local Arabic daily as having reported yesterday (Thursday). Omran, who represented the UAE in the two-day meetings of the executive committee for Arab Tourism held in Cairo at the general headquarters of the Arab League, said the meetings discussed obstacles facing the Arab ...  >>MORE

Ministry to help illegal workers opting to leave country

Posted on 30/12/2002

Expatriates availing themselves of the amnesty offer can in the event of any pending dues pursue their cases from their home countries or appoint legal representatives in the UAE to look into their cases, Dr Khalid Mohammed Al Khazraji, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, told Khaleej Times in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Speaking about the processing of papers and dues of illegal workers wishing to leave the country during the four-month grace period granted by ...  >>MORE

UAE Ministry of Interior pardons illegals

Posted on 25/12/2002

The Ministry of Interior issued a decision here today pardoning expatriates who have been residing illegally in the country in violation of the immigration laws. According to the Ministerial decision, the violators will be allowed to leave the country without paying fines during a grace period, starting from January 1. "As part of the Ministry's keenness to implement all the immigration laws, and in view of the presence of large numbers of violators of the Residency Law No. (6) of 1973, ...  >>MORE

Amnesty expected soon

Posted on 24/12/2002

A date has not yet been confirmed for the issuance of an amnesty for illegal immigrants; however, it is expected to be announced soon, said Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. "The ministry is not the authority in charge of announcing the amnesty," he told Gulf News. "This is expected to be announced by the Ministry of Interior. The amnesty will be announced at the right time, as well as the amendments to the labour law, he said. The amendments will cover 20 to 30 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to streamline issuance of visas

Posted on 24/12/2002

The Medical District, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Sharjah Naturalisation and Residency Department (SNRD) will be linked via a computer network to streamline transactions. Formalities for medical fitness certificates, issuing and renewing visas, and issuing work permits and residency visas will be streamlined, said Hassan Fahmi Jamal, Managing Director of Global Information Technology, the project's executive company. This is the first project to link three authorities. To ...  >>MORE

Parents' visa bond refundable

Posted on 05/11/2002

The Dh 5,000 guarantee required from expatriates to sponsor their parents is a refundable deposit. This was stated in a press conference held yesterday by Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director General of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). Bin Bleilah said: "Parents can be sponsored on renewable residence visas for one year provided that a sponsor pays a deposit of Dh 5,000 for each parent and takes a health insurance policy from a private company. The deposit is paid ...  >>MORE

DNRD's visa division first in world to get ISO certification

Posted on 05/11/2002

The visa division of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Administration (DNRD) has become the first visa section in the world to receive the ISO 9001:2000 certification from Lloyds Register, one of the leading certification agencies in the world for quality assessment. The achievement has highlighted the efforts made by the department to implement Total Quality Management (TQM) within the organisation. DNRD Director Colonel Saeed Matter Bin Belailah termed the certification as a significant ...  >>MORE

Amnesty for illegals from January – official

Posted on 20/10/2002

In an urgent step, the UAE government will grant an amnesty to all illegal residents, said a high-ranking official from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. It is believed that more than 400,000 expatriates staying illegally in the country will benefit from the amnesty. The official, who requested anonymity, said the amnesty will be from January and it is expected to extend until the end of July. The amnesty offers a chance to either obtain new employment under a sponsor, or leave the ...  >>MORE

Move to explain visa transfer rules

Posted on 20/10/2002

Regulations for sponsorship transfer, issued last year by the Cabinet Decision No. 30 for 2001, will be interpreted elaborately to clear the ambiguities. The move was initiated by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to clear confusion over the transfer of sponsorship. Certain job titles eligible for sponsorship transfer sometimes overlap with other job titles, which are not eligible for transfer. As a result, officials processing transfer applications in ...  >>MORE

Online processing of job visa by year-end

Posted on 17/10/2002

By the year-end, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will achieve a qualitative leap in its electronic dealings with the introduction of the virtual employment visa committee which will receive and study applications for employment visa via the Internet, according to Dr Khalid Al Khazraji, Under Secretary for Labour Affairs. The virtual committee will deal with the applications of companies, members of the ministry's electronic unit which is currently available only in Dubai, but will ...  >>MORE

Dubai offers 96-hour visa to transit passengers

Posted on 10/09/2002

Transit passengers stopping at the Dubai International Airport for a minimum of five hours are allowed to obtain a 96-hour transit visa to go on a city tour of Dubai under a new service launched recently by the Dubai Civil Aviation Department and DNATA in cooperation with the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Net Tours. Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of DNRD, said that the new service is aimed at promoting ...  >>MORE

Plan to introduce visa hotline

Posted on 20/08/2002

The General Directorate for Immigration and Residence is planning to introduce an electronic system to allow the public to enquire about their visas by phone. The Arabic newspaper Al Khaleej, quoting officials of the directorate, said the new system will facilitate immigration services to the public, especially those who apply for visas. The directorate said the new system will save the public the time and effort of inquiring in person. He said the system will enhance the productivity of ...  >>MORE

New visa inquiry system soon

Posted on 15/08/2002

A new visa inquiry system which will enable applicants to get information about visa requirements and the status of their applications with the use of modern technology is getting final touches, according to Brigadier Hader Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director-General of Naturalisation and Residence. Speaking after inaugurating the directorate's branch in Al Wajan area of Al Ain, Brig Muhairi said that the service would be launched soon after all the infrastructure had been completed. As part of a ...  >>MORE

Expat students need not return every six months

Posted on 05/08/2002

Expatriate students studying abroad will not have their residence visas cancelled if they remain outside the UAE for more than six months, said Colonel Saeed Matar bin Bleilah, Director General of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department. Bin Bleilah's statement was in response to an inquiry forwarded by a reader to the Arabic daily Al Khaleej, over whether his daughter, who is studying abroad and has spent more than six months outside the UAE, will be allowed in when she arrives at any ...  >>MORE

Residence visa concession for students over 18

Posted on 23/07/2002

In a move to solve the problem faced by many expatriate residents who are not eligible to sponsor their sons aged above 18 years unless they are students of recognised educational institutions in the country, the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has decided to treat residence visa applications for this category on a humanitarian grounds. "All the cases classified under the said category are granted residence visa on humanitarian grounds whether they are parents, sons, ...  >>MORE

Turnaround visa gets positive response

Posted on 13/07/2002

As more and more tourists around the world pack their bags to board a flight to Dubai to be in the fun city in time for the Dubai Summer Surprises, Emirates' facility of 96-hour turnaround visa is becoming popular by the day. The commercial visa section of Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, reported a brisk business as tourists from around the world want to get hold of the opportunity of 96-hour turnaround Dubai visa for just $14 extra. Since the launch of the ...  >>MORE

Amnesty for illegals to be announced

Posted on 06/07/2002

All preparations and procedures to announce a nationwide amnesty for the expatriates staying in the country illegally are complete, the Interior Ministry has announced. Lieutenant General Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Interior, in an interview with the ministry's monthly bulletin Al Shurta, said preparations for the amnesty are over and the ministry is waiting for the right time to declare a pardon for the illegal immigrants to leave the country without paying fines or facing ...  >>MORE

Passengers may be required to declare gold, jewellery

Posted on 06/07/2002

An incoming passenger carrying more than a reasonable quantity of gold, jewellery or other precious items may be required to make a declaration and fill in a form. The customs authorities will issue a receipt which should be retained by the passenger and produced at the time of departure. A proposal to this effect was discussed at a recent meeting in Dubai convened by the Police Council for Airport Service. Its objective is to help the passengers avoid interrogation relating to items ...  >>MORE

Visa assurance to expatriate investors in Dubai property

Posted on 29/06/2002

Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) will ensure renewal of visas of expatriate investors who purchase properties in some of the premium real estate projects in Dubai on freehold ownership basis, according to a report in "Khaleej Times” " Visas will not be a problem for the expatriate property owners. We have already discussed the issue with the DNRD and have decided that the property owners will have their visas renewed every three years, "the paper quoted Mohammed Ali Alabbar, ...  >>MORE

Job contract must for visa

Posted on 20/06/2002

Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Administration (DNRA) has decided to reject any application for a visit visa or family residence unless an original copy of the employment contract is attached to the application in order to make sure that it is not fake. Such a copy will be attested by the DNRA. Col. Saeed Matar Bin Bleila, director of the DNRA, said the employment contract would be attested by the administration on a one-off basis against Dhs100. If another application for a visit visa ...  >>MORE

Visit visa fee hike to prevent fraud

Posted on 17/06/2002

Expatriates applying for visit visas must now pay an additional Dh100 as fee for the attestation of work contracts by the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). The DNRD started implementing the new rule yesterday for urgent and normal visit visas for friends or relatives, according to sources in the department. A spokesman for the department told Gulf News yesterday that only individuals applying for visit visas need to have their work contracts attested at the department. ...  >>MORE

Emirates to give 96-hour visas

Posted on 05/06/2002

The award-winning Emirates airline has obtained Dubai Government authority to issue 96-hour turnaround visas for visitors arriving on Emirates from most countries where visas are still needed. This is expected to result in thousands of additional tourists visiting Dubai just for a long weekend. Visitors still needing visas, including those from countries in Africa, the Far East, South America and some in East Europe, will be able to take a long weekend break. In a new initiative to woo the ...  >>MORE

Amnesty for illegal immigrants soon

Posted on 26/05/2002

The UAE is set to announce a fresh amnesty to illegal immigrants to encourage them to leave and avert prosecution in a drive to restore social and labour order, Lt. Gen. Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Interior, said yesterday. Quoted by Al Bayan Arabic daily, Dr Al Badi said the ministry had already studied this plan, and hoped embassies in the UAE would help in its implementation. "The UAE is providing all possible services and facilities to residents and expects them to comply with ...  >>MORE

Visa health insurance waiver turned down by DNRD

Posted on 23/05/2002

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has no intention to waive the health insurance pre-requisite for granting residence visas on humanitarian basis to the parents of Dubai residents, but has put this condition on hold for the time being until the insurance companies come up with schemes acceptable to everybody, according to Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of DNRD. Khaleej Times exclusively published last month the DNRD decision which came into effect from ...  >>MORE

No plan to raise visit visa fee

Posted on 22/05/2002

The UAE has no plans to increase fees on visit visas, but is working on an efficient mechanism to enforce a refundable bank or cash guarantee for visitors, a top immigration official said. Brigadier Hadher bin Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director of the Naturalisation and Immigration Department at the Ministry of Interior, said a decision to impose a refundable bank guarantee of Dh2000 on foreign visitors had been postponed because of some reservations by some banks to offer such warranty. In an ...  >>MORE

Visa guarantee rule in two months

Posted on 19/05/2002

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, ...  >>MORE

UAE maintains first rank in Arab Internet markets: a study

Posted on 16/05/2002

Expected competition in the UAE's Internet and datacomm markets will sustain the UAE's first rank status amongst Arab Internet markets, according to a newly released report from the Arab Advisors Group (www.arabadvisors.com) fully analyzes the UAE Internet and datacomm, content and E-commerce markets. 'Internet accounts will grow from 251,000 in 2001 to exceed 600,000 accounts by 2006, a penetration rate of 14.4%. The thriving Internet and datacomm market in the UAE will always be an attractive ...  >>MORE

Visit visa bond likely to go

Posted on 16/05/2002

The rule demanding a bank or cash guarantee from people applying for a visit visa for relatives or friends has been scrapped entirely, sources at Abu Dhabi Immigration told Gulf News yesterday, but no official confirmation was available till late last night. According to sources, the rule with regard to obtaining a visit visa will remain as it used to be before the much talked about Dh2,000 bank guarantee was introduced. The rule is unlikely to be revived. "Everything is back to normal. No bank ...  >>MORE

No health insurance for yearly visa yet

Posted on 13/05/2002

Expatriates who wish to bring their parents or dependants to Dubai on a one-year residency visa for humanitarian reasons, may not be required to obtain a health insurance policy from a local insurer, said a top immigration official yesterday. Colonel Saeed Matar bin Bleilah, Director General of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) said, "We are reviewing the decision of the requirement of a health insurance coverage for expatriates' dependants who come on one year's ...  >>MORE

Visit visa bond to wait in Dubai

Posted on 12/05/2002

Dubai immigration officials are adopting a wait-and-see policy before enforcing the controversial Dh2,000 bond for people arriving on visit visas. The Ministry of Interior and the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) have agreed to postpone enforcing the new rule until the department assesses the results of implementation in Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates. Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department yesterday started implementation of the visit visa bond, while the ...  >>MORE

Visit visa rules applies to firms, individuals

Posted on 11/05/2002

The Ministry of Interior's new rule requiring a deposit of Dh2000 as a refundable guarantee for visit visa applies to individuals sponsoring people as much as to private companies bringing in visitors, a source at the ministry told "Khaleej Times”. The order issued last week by the ministry did not at first stipulate a fixed amount for the guarantee. It clearly stated that it should be equal to the return ticket fare to the country from where the visitor is coming. "However discussions between ...  >>MORE

Dubai to study visitor bond

Posted on 08/05/2002

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department will start imposing the Dh2,000 visitors' bond starting either today (Wednesday) or Saturday next week, according to its Director General. Col. Saeed Matar bin Bleilah told Gulf News yesterday that the department will ask only individual sponsors applying for visit visas for their next-of-kin or distant relatives to post the Dh2,000 deposit. He also pointed out that the bond rule has already been in place for some nationalities or categories who ...  >>MORE

Airfare deposit for visit visa

Posted on 06/05/2002

Effective from today, applicants for visit visas will have to deposit a guarantee money as a pre-requisite for obtaining the permit, in accordance with a circular issued by the UAE Ministry of Interior yesterday to all naturalisation and residency departments across the country. The amount of deposit will be equal to the value of a return air ticket to the country of the visitor and hence it will vary depending on he country from where the visitor is coming, a source at the Ministry of Interior ...  >>MORE

Residence visa rules for expats' parents relaxed

Posted on 02/05/2002

Expatriates in Dubai can now sponsor their parents on residence visa under a new facility introduced last month by the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) on humanitarian considerations, according to a senior DNRD official. An expatriate who is allowed to sponsor his or her parents on humanitarian basis will be required to pay an amount of Dh5,000 and has to take a health insurance policy from a private sector insurance company for each parent, Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, ...  >>MORE

New system planned to transfer sponsorships

Posted on 26/02/2002

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will implement a new system for transferring sponsorships which will be implemented once the explanatory regulations of the Cabinet decision to this effect has been issued. Informed sources told Al Khaleej that the new system will keep the Dhs1,200 charges of transferring sponsorship in place, while the completion period of procedures has been reduced from six months to two months. As per the new system, the sponsorship transfer will be invalid if ...  >>MORE

'Three-month amnesty plan ready'

Posted on 25/01/2002

Expatriates residing in the UAE illegally will be granted a chance to rectify their residential status by either leaving the country without paying fines or obtaining legal residence permits, Minister of Interior Lt. General Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Badi said on Tuesday. Many expatriates who entered the country on visit permits and overstayed in the country, in addition to those who have lost their jobs and could not get new sponsors are expected to benefit from the long-awaited amnesty. ...  >>MORE

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All emirates to enforce Dh2,000 visit visa bond


'Cash deposit for visa rule only for distant relatives'


Dh2,000 bond for visit visa


No need of deposit on visit visas for parents


Visit visa duration cut for 33 nations


GCC countries plan unified tourist visa


Ministry to help illegal workers opting to leave country


UAE Ministry of Interior pardons illegals


Amnesty expected soon


Sharjah to streamline issuance of visas


Parents' visa bond refundable


DNRD's visa division first in world to get ISO certification


Amnesty for illegals from January – official


Move to explain visa transfer rules


Online processing of job visa by year-end


Dubai offers 96-hour visa to transit passengers


Plan to introduce visa hotline


New visa inquiry system soon


Expat students need not return every six months


Residence visa concession for students over 18


Turnaround visa gets positive response


Amnesty for illegals to be announced


Passengers may be required to declare gold, jewellery


Visa assurance to expatriate investors in Dubai property


Job contract must for visa


Visit visa fee hike to prevent fraud


Emirates to give 96-hour visas


Amnesty for illegal immigrants soon


Visa health insurance waiver turned down by DNRD


No plan to raise visit visa fee


Visa guarantee rule in two months


UAE maintains first rank in Arab Internet markets: a study


Visit visa bond likely to go


No health insurance for yearly visa yet


Visit visa bond to wait in Dubai


Visit visa rules applies to firms, individuals


Dubai to study visitor bond


Airfare deposit for visit visa


Residence visa rules for expats' parents relaxed


New system planned to transfer sponsorships


'Three-month amnesty plan ready'