UAE ANNOUNCES NEW VISA RULES FOR RESIDENTS, JOBSEEKERS AND TOURISTS

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The cabinet of the United Arab Emirates, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the U.A.E. and ruler of Dubai, adopted a number of strategic decisions over foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package of visa facilitation.

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= UAE Cabinet announces decision to abolish mandatory bank guarantee for labour recruitment and replace it with a low-cost insurance system.

= New visa facilitation procedures for visitors, residents, families & people overstaying their visa also adopted.

= UAE exemption of transit passengers from all entry fees for first 48 hours approved. Transit visa extension for up to 96 hours for a fee of Dh50.

= Cabinet decision grants people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” stamp on their passport.

= New 6-month visa to be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. Temporary visa to enhance the UAE’s position as a land of opportunities, a destination for talents and professionals.

= UAE grants those who entered country illegally a chance to leave voluntarily with a ‘no entry’ stamp for 2 years, if they present return ticket. 

= UAE Cabinet allows individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa to do so for a fee, without having to leave and re-enter the country.  

= UAE Cabinet adopts resolution on empowering ‘People of Determination’, enabling them to equal access the job market. 

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