Major changes in UAE visa rules

AT A GLANCE: Major changes announced by UAE Cabinet on Wednesday 13 June.

 

• 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.  

On Wednesday, the UAE Cabinet announced the adoption of several strategic decisions regarding foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package of visa facilitations.

A new insurance scheme for workers’ guarantees has been introduced: the previous mandatory deposit of Dh3,000 per worker has now been replaced by a new insurance scheme that costs only Dh60 annually per worker.

The newly created scheme secures workers’ rights in the private sector and reduces the burdens on employers. It allows businesses to recover approximately Dh14 billion, representing the value of current guarantees paid by employers, which will enable them to further invest in the development of their business. The system also enhances the ease of doing business in the UAE, which effectively contributes to market prosperity and growth.

The new system aims to achieve a wider coverage of the rights and entitlements for workers. The value of the insurance policy in the new system is Dh60 per year for each worker and covers the workers’ entitlements in terms of end of service benefits, vacation allowance, overtime allowance, unpaid wages, worker’s return ticket and cases of work injury, in which the insurance coverage amounts to Dh20,000 per worker.

The Cabinet also adopted a number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people who have overstayed their visa to cater for a wider segment of society. The Cabinet approved a new legislative package, including a review of the current residency system to allow a two-year extension of the residency period for the dependents of their parents after finishing their university studies.

A new decision has also been approved to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. Transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visas will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.

Further to this, the Cabinet adopted a decision to grant people overstaying on their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” passport stamp. A new 6-month visa will be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. The temporary visa enhances the UAE’s position as a land of opportunities and a destination for talents and professionals.

As for Individuals who entered the UAE illegally, they will have the chance to leave voluntarily with a “no entry” stamp for two years given that they provide a valid return ticket.

Equally, in a step aimed at simplifying the process and easing the financial burden on individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa, they can now do so for a fee without having to leave and re-enter the country.

The Cabinet adopted an agreement between the Government of the UAE and the Government of the Russian Federation on the mutual exemption of visa requirements for citizens of the UAE and the citizens of the Russian Federation, thus opening new horizons for mutual tourism, investment and trade.

The Cabinet also adopted an agreement between the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the International Exhibitions Bureau on the privileges and benefits accorded to official participants in Expo2020.

Source: Gulf News