Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Use new App for applying UAE Visa


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Abu Dhabi: The new app System is introduced by Ministry of Interior's in their plan to achieve paperless transactions by year 2015.

The new smart phone application from Ministry of Interior which will enable individuals to apply for UAE visas. The app was launched on Sunday by MoI.

Screen view of MOI App
Screen view of MOI App
The new app has the facility to apply for several types of visas. The system is connected to a database which contains all the information about applicant, as per the official quotes which came in WAM.

This will allow the software to automatically check for information very quickly and accurately, and provide information to users accordingly and notify them in case any changes are required.

Once the visa is issued, the visa will be delivered to the location specified by users in the application.

Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, said that the initiative will allow citizens and residents of the UAE to get access to routine immigration and other interior department services without being required to visit any MoI centre except in cases where physical presence is needed.

Al Khaili also added that his department will seek to achieve paperless transactions by next year. Work is progressing for enabling visas to be sent out to entry ports and individuals via e-mail.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ajman Residency department reviews mechanisms for issuing visas


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The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Ajman has explained the mechanisms to activate the new visa issuing system created under Ministerial Resolution No. 22 for the year 2014. The new visa issuing system deals with the regulation and development of the services of the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs Section, which includes visas for tourism, medical treatment, and study.

Ajman Visa
The discussion was held during the meeting of the committee responsible for reviewing the issuance of these visas at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Ajman and chaired by Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Alwan, Director-General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Ajman.

Brigadier Alwan highlighted the importance of the decision to amend some of the regulations of the Entry and Residence of Foreigners Law. The amendment is in accordance with the U.A.E. Vision 2021 which aims to place the U.A.E. among the best countries in the world by responding to the requests from the community and by supporting economic activities, tourism, and social development.

"The new resolutions issued by the U.A.E. leadership are to achieve service quality and efficiency in accordance with the expectations customers have of the U.A.E.’s Federal Government," Brigadier Alwan stated.

The meeting was attended by Colonel Khalifa Rashid Al Ghamlasi, Head of Resources and Auxiliary Department, Colonel Rashid Hilal Al Suwaidi, Head of Information and Follow-up Section, Lt. Colonel Khaled Hamad Bu Shihab, Head of Legal Affairs Section, Lt. Colonel Ahmad Ibrahim Al Mana’i, Head of Entry Permits and Residency Department, Lt. Colonel Adil Abdullah Al Shamesi, Head of Entry Permit Section and Captain Hamid Abdullah Al Matroushi, Head of Foreign Offices Section.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

UAE to issue 4 Days emergency entry permits


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The UAE immigration department had announced the facility to issue emergency entry permits, as per the Federal Cabinet decision No 22 of 2014, regulating rules for naturalisation and residency services.

UAE emergency entry permits
Dubai Airport Terminal 1
According to the media report, passengers on an airline will be eligible for an emergency entry permit. This permit will be valid for four days against a fee payment of Dh100.

The media report quoted Brigadier Dr Rashid Sultan Al Khodr, Vice-President of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Interior and official spokesperson of Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs.

Al Khodr stated that the permit will be granted to passengers in emergency cases at airports, when a traveler is sick or a flight is cancelled due to bad weather conditions or a technical fault in the aircraft. This law is intended for emergency cases only.

The report also quoted Al Khodr mentioning that the emergency entry permit is issued in keeping with the pace of development at all airports across the UAE. It also considers the situation of emergency traffic at airports.

"Entry permits for studies or treatment has not been changed, but the visa policy has been amended. These types of visas are now valid for multiple entry," Al Khodr stated, adding that these changes are in order to promote medical tourism and facilitate the quick and easy movement of people. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quick list: Types of visas and fees


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The following is a quick list of the new visa fees implemented in United Arab Emirates as per the new rules and federal cabinet decision.


  • Employment Visa (Government): Dh200 
  • Employment Visa (Private Sector, Free Zones, Investors): Dh250
  • Residence Visa (Government) Dh200 Residence Visa (Private Sector, Free Zones, Investors): Dh250
  • Employment Visa (Domestic workers sponsored by Emiratis, GCC citizens): Dh150 
  • Employment Visa (Domestic workers sponsored by residents): Dh200 
  • Employment Visa (Domestic workers sponsored by investors): Dh250 
  • Residence Visa for real estate owners: Dh1,100 
  • Multiple Entry Visa for work: Dh2,100 
  • Visa for medical treatment: Dh550
  • Multiple Entry Visa for treatment: Dh1,400 
  • Residence Visa for study or training: Dh550 
  • Multiple Entry Visa for work or tourism: Dh1,500
  • Entry Visa for GCC State Resident’s Companions: 150 
  • Renewal of GCC State Residents Companions’ Visa: 250 
  • Entry Visa for GCC State Residents: Dh200
  • Renewal of GCC State Resident’s Visa:Dh700 
  • Transit Entry Visa: 100

The above fees was announced through newspapers in UAE.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Don't need to pay visa fees


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Employees are not required to pay visa fees to their sponsor. There are no laws in UAE which states that an employee should payback the employer against the visa expenses. Some employers in UAE insist their employees to pay visa charges if the employee ask for the cancellation of his employment visa from the company.

As per the UAE visa rules, if the employee requests to terminate his employment contract, then the employer is not entitled to receive any amount of money against the visa fees incurred by the employer.

It may also be noted that there are no laws in UAE which says that an employee should payback the employer towards the visa expenses.

It is against the law if any employer is doing like this and it is the contravention of Article 60 of the Federal Law No 8 of 1980.

Article 60 Re: Regulation of Labour Relations states that:“No amount of money may be deducted from a worker’s wage in respect of private claims, except in the following cases:

  1. Repayment of loans or money advances paid to the worker in excess of his entitlements, provided that the amount deducted in this case shall not exceed 10 per cent of his wage.
  2. Contributions that the workers are required by law to make from their wages, towards social security and insurance schemes.
  3. The worker’s contributions to a provident fund or repayment of loans due thereto.
  4. Contributions towards any welfare scheme or in respect of any other privileges or services provided by the employer and approved by the labour department.
  5. Fines imposed upon the worker for any offence he commits.
  6. Any debt exacted in execution of a court ruling, provided, however, that the deduction made in execution thereof should not exceed one-quarter of the wage due to the worker. Where there are several debts or creditors, the maximum deduction shall be half the worker’s wage, which shall be divided pro rata among the creditors, after payment of any legal alimony to the extent of one quarter of the worker’s wage.”

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Use E-form for Emirates ID and Save 30aed


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A senior official from Emirates id said that the 10-step online application, is very user-friendly and also saves Dirhams.30 per application form for companies and individuals.

With only 5% of the Emirates ID applications are made online, the Emirates Identity Authority (EIA) has requested the public to use the service of “highly developed” e-form website to save money, time and work.

Aisha Al Raisi, Director of Central Operations Sector of Emirates
Identity Authority, said that they process
10,000 to 13,700 application forms every day. “Some 95% of these applications are done at the accredited typing offices while the remaining 5 percent are processed through online websites.”

The EIA processes over 4 million ID applications every year and these include issuing new ID cards, renewal or replacement against lost or damaged cards.

The authority has given licenses to more than 1,400 typing offices across UAE for providing ID card services. An resident can easily apply for an ID card through online by following just 10 simple steps that take 10 to 15 minutes only. The e-form is available on the EIA interactive website (https://eform.emiratesid.ae/).
Using this online service will help you save Dirhams.30 as typing charges per application.

Getting an ID card in normal cases will take only one week from the date of application. All the documents and information entered in the eform must be correct, accurate and complete. Otherwise, the application will be rejected and the applicant should visit the centre for verification and clearance.

Al Raisi said that they have started a special unit for training the staffs of typing offices to provide smooth service.

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