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'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

Fencing of UAE-Oman border starts

Posted on 17/01/2002

Work is underway to install a fence along the UAE-Oman border as part of a plan to fight illegal immigration and limit social and security threats by aliens, revealed Maj. Gen. Saif Abdullah Al Shafar, Assistant Undersecretary for Security Affairs at the Ministry of Interior. Maj. Gen. Al Shafar was addressing a meeting of the Sharjah Consultative Council yesterday, during which the policies and projects of Sharjah Police were discussed. Maj. Gen. Al Shafar noted that the country is aware of ...  >>MORE

UAE set to enforce fund declaration for visitors

Posted on 07/01/2002

The UAE is all set to enforce a declaration system for visitors as part of a crackdown on money laundering to support an all-out international drive against terrorism. The Central Bank has finished discussion with the customs authorities on the system, under which passengers must declare their funds if they are in possession of a minimum sum of Dh40,000 (US$10,900). "We have presented the draft law for the declaration system to the customs authorities. It is with them now and they will take ...  >>MORE

Sharp rise in users of online visa service

Posted on 06/01/2002

More than 400,000 transactions were conducted online since the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department introduced the service some two years ago. The department's Director General said there was a steep increase in the number of users of the service following the launch of E-Government in October last year. Col Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah told ‘Gulf New's yesterday that the average number of online transactions has been increasing every year. Col bin Bleilah said the department offers ...  >>MORE

Dubai eases visit visas for tourists

Posted on 12/12/2001

Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department is issuing visit visas more quickly at this time of the year to make it easier for tourists to come here for the Eid and Christmas holidays, said a top official at the department. Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director General of the Department, told Gulf News yesterday that the system and the law had to be followed in issuing any kind of visa for people of any nationality. The immigration law of the country was the same whether there were ...  >>MORE

Immigration rules eased for Afghans

Posted on 29/11/2001

UAE immigration authorities have relaxed passport policies towards Afghan nationals on humanitarian grounds from 24 November, as there is no Afghani diplomatic mission in the UAE. Afghans whose passports have expired and cannot be renewed due to the absence of a diplomatic mission can stay in the country without a fine until an alternate consular service is found. There are more than 80,000 Afghan nationals living in the UAE in addition to thousands holding Pakistani passports. The UAE ...  >>MORE

RAK moves to speed up immigration work

Posted on 27/08/2001

The Emirate's Naturalisation and Immigration Department has implemented a policy to streamline applications. According to the Comprehensive Employee Strategy, the employee will have to complete a client's applications in the quickest possible time and from one counter. Lt Col Jasim Isa bin Isa, who heads the department, said over the next two months the work will be streamlined further so that applications are finished the same day. The department now receives and processes between 250 and ...  >>MORE

UAE identity cards for all by year-end

Posted on 01/04/2001

Immigration and residence authorities are studying measures and mechanism for launching the national identity card scheme by the year-end deadline. The card, to be issued to nationals and expatriates, will carry a national number which will help the authorities to easily ascertain the identity of the holder and speed up transactions. The card would be recognised as a valid identification document by all local and federal government departments. People will no longer have to show their driving ...  >>MORE

Penalties for residency law violations changed

Posted on 31/03/2001

Dubai Public Prosecution and Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Administration, DNRA, have replaced the penalties of violations by expatriates which require prosecution with fines and deportation from April 1. The fines would be paid directly to the DNRA instead of courts. Dubai Prosecutor Ibrahim Bumilha said the violating resent expatriate will be fined whether he decides to renew the residency or leave the country. He added that those who decide to leave the country will also be banned ...  >>MORE

Entry visas abolished for 33 countries

Posted on 21/03/2001

The Ministry of Interior announced yesterday it will grant citizens of 33 European, American and Far Eastern countries entry without a visa. The decision, which takes effect immediately, is intended to boost friendly relations with countries that have common interests with the UAE, according to the ministry's Relations and Moral Guidance Department. The European countries involved are France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, ...  >>MORE

Move in place against changing of visit visas

Posted on 03/03/2001

The directorate of immigration and naturalisation of the ministry of interior issued new orders to curb the transfer of visit visas to employment permits. The department announced that it would cancel any new work permit if its beneficiary were proven to be inside the country on a visit visa. Sponsors of such permits will be sued for supplying false information to the authorities, said Brigadier Hadhir Khalef Al Muhairy, Director General of the Immigration and Naturalisation section. The ...  >>MORE

Naturalisation agency to phase out cash payments

Posted on 21/02/2001

The use of cash to pay visa and other fees at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Administration will be a thing of the past within six months. All payments will be made in e-dirhams or by credit card, officials said. "Since we are a service-oriented department, the focus is on the consumer and how to facilitate his transactions within the framework of the law," said Major Khaled Lootah, head of the DNRA's IT Department. "We started building the necessary infrastructure in preparation for ...  >>MORE

New rules for visa transfer

Posted on 11/02/2001

Companies which fail to get the sponsorship for their employees transferred form other companies within a maximum period of six months from the date of obtaining the Ministry of Labour's approval for such transfers will have to repatriate such employees and bear the expenses according to a recent ministerial order. Companies have now been given an opportunity to renew the six-month period, paying a fee of Dh500 each renewal, it said. Under the Labour Law, a company must complete the ...  >>MORE

Embassies may be authorised to issue tourist, visit visas

Posted on 10/02/2001

The Naturalisation and Immigration Department is considering authorising UAE embassies to issue visit and tourist visas so that they need not be issued from immigration departments here, a senior police official said. "The department is studying the issue," department Chief Brig. Gen. Hader Khalaf Al Muhairi said. In an interview with Ras Al Khaimah Police magazine, he said a decision will be taken soon, since immigration departments here often have not been able to determine exactly to ...  >>MORE

No limit on visit visa applications

Posted on 05/02/2001

Foreigners of any age, from one up to 100 years, can come to Dubai on visit visa, as there is no age restriction, neither for women nor for men, a senior official of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department said. Denying reports about a ban imposed by the immigration authorities on granting visas for women aged under 40, Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, said that the age factor was not a criterion for granting or denying a ...  >>MORE

Punitive steps on job-visa violation to hit companies

Posted on 28/01/2001

Private sector firms hiring employees not under their sponsorship, or allowing those sponsored by them to work for others, will face rigorous penalties once the proposed labour ministry punitive regulation comes into effect. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is considering a set of punitive measures against companies which employ workers sponsored by others. The new punitive measures aimed at curbing the increase of labour disputes. They are also meant to check the existence of ...  >>MORE

Officials act to curb visa abuse by firms

Posted on 17/01/2001

Immigration officials have launched a crackdown on fake companies set up not to do business but to illegally obtain residence visas. The crackdown comes in the wake of concern expressed over the number of illegal residents in the country. In future, all visa applications from companies operating in Ras Al Khaimah will have to be accompanied by the original municipal trade licence or an attested copy of licence. The new rule is contained in a circular issued by the Ras Al Khaimah ...  >>MORE

Work-ban stamp rules out visit, transit visas

Posted on 13/01/2001

Expatriates with employment bans placed in their passports are not eligible to acquire visit or transit visas unless a no objection letter is issued by the sponsor, or the applicant is a university certificate holder. Expatriates who have been terminated or resigned from their jobs and their sponsors have placed an employment ban cannot be given a visit or transit visa from any of the immigration offices in any of the emirates unless a no objection letter is given by the sponsor. A Dubai ...  >>MORE

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