Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Employees Sponsoring Family Members in the UAE

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The below information affects only to those employees who are sponsoring their family members in the UAE.




The Immigration Department is blocking the renewal of employment visas for those employees who are sponsoring their family members in the following cases:

  1. Where the visa of a family member has expired and not been renewed
  2. Where the family member has remained outside the country for more than six months, hence the visa becomes invalid.

For the avoidance of any delays with employment visa renewals, all employees who are sponsoring their family members should please take notice of this matter and ensure to either renew family visas on time or cancel the visas before departure in cases where the family member will be away from the UAE for more than six months.

 

If you think you may face a situation like this, you are advised to make contact with a member of the Human Resource Team or PRO of your company without delay for further guidance and support in resolving this matter. Please do not leave it until your visa renewal time because it will create further problems.

 


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Online visas to GCC residents for Dubai visits


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Starting from October, GCC residents will have to get their online visas for Dubai visits.

GCC Visa in Dubai
From October onwards, the visa service will be available only through online. No visa applications will be available at the airport upon arrival for expatriate residents of GCC countries.

According to officials from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai)  - the visa facility will be available only through online for expatriate residents of GCC countries who wish to travel to the UAE.

Khaleej Times reported this new visa rules for GCC expatriates on Tuesday that expatriates residents will no longer need to wait in the queue to make payment for UAE visa entry permits upon arrival at the airport. Lt. Colonel Talal Al Shanqeeti, Assistant of the Director-General for Airport Affairs at the GDRFA-Dubai, said that the visa service, so far, is available both online and at the airport upon arrival. “But from October 2015 onwards, the service will be only available online in GDRFA website and there will be no visa applications at the airport upon arrival for this category” he said.

Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of the GDRFA-Dubai, said that the residency department in Dubai is working to create the procedures for all visitors and residents to the country and also to make their visit to Dubai an enjoyable experience.

He said it is for this reason that the GDRFA-Dubai introduced the online visa service for expatriates residing in GCC. Domestic helpers and others accompanying GCC citizens should apply for a visit visa and pay the fees online without having to stop at the airport to apply for the visa or to pay the fees.

“We encourage everyone coming from GCC countries to apply for the entry permits through online,” he said. Lt-Colonel Al Shanqeeti said that the GDRFA-Dubai will distribute brochures in Arabic and English to all visitors to Dubai from any of the GCC countries in order to raise the awareness on how to use the new service.

Also, the employees of the passport control counters at the airport will conduct a questionnaire on the new service to find out if people are aware of this services and if they know how to use it.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Fines increased for Not Renewing Labour Cards


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electronic labour card in uae
The Ministry of Labour has informed business owners with accumulated fines resulting from non-renewal of labour cards or those unextracted by 31st Dec 2014, to take advantage of the grace period to settle all fines by paying a Dhs.1,000 per labour card violaton. The move is a part of implementation of the new electronic labour card in UAE.

The Ministry notes that as of 05th March 2015, they will implement new administrative penalties, starting by a Dhs.500 fine issued for not signing an electronic work agreement with employees within 60 days from their arrival to the country or the amendment of their residency status. 

Moreover, Dhs.500 fine will be imposed on firms that do not apply or renew electronic labour cards within 60 days from signing those contracts. Additionally, the above mentioned fines increase by Dhs.500 per month.

This is a part of the Ministry of Labour's earlier decision to replace the old plastic labour cards and employment paper contracts with electronic ones starting from July 13 2014. The implementation decision was then issued by HE Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour.

Plastic Labour cards due for renewal after July 13 will need to apply for the new system and replaced with electronic permits which are valid for two years. Electronic labour card in UAE is a part of the governments initiative to serve public through electronic systems which will reduce the time for processing documents.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Liable to repay loan even if job in UAE is LOST


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With regards to Loan repayment in UAE, it must be noted that the personal loans against an individual should be repaid on installment dates or settled irrespective of whether such individual has a job in UAE or not employed. This is applicable even if his job in UAE is lost.

UAE Loan Repayment Calculator
A person writes a Security Cheque for Personal Loan
What will you do if you have a bank loan, and lost the current job and not able to get another job in the validity period of the current employment visa.

Firstly you should inform your banker about the job insecurity and inform them that you will be unable to pay the loan installments.

In the above circumstances some legal procedures will be taken by the bank to secure the repayment of loan.

However, it should be noted that, prior to disbursement of loans, banks enter into detailed loan agreements with the borrowers. The terms and conditions will be written in this agreement for repayment of loan in the event the borrower loses his employment or any other source of income.

Usually under these circumstances, banks will try to invoke all the conditions for securing repayment of the loan set forth in the loan agreement in the event of a payment default which may include presenting of the security cheque issued by the borrower in favour of the bank against the loan along with any other securities provided by the borrower.

Further, you may talk with your bank and they may consider negotiating and settling for rescheduling of the loan repayment installments till you have another source of income. You may use a UAE Loan Repayment Calculator to find an installment schedule suitable to your budget.

This will happen based on the mutual understanding between the bank and the borrower, and also the policies of the bank on repayment of loans.

Smart System: Online UAE visa fees payment Now possible


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Asa part of the governments' initiative to develop smart apps for transactions, the Ministry of Interior has now introduced a new electronic service via the smartphones application (UAE MoI).

Ministry of Interior - MOI Smart Apps
Ministry of Interior - MOI Smart Apps
Customers can now make online payment of financial documents and health insurance fees which is required to obtain long term; short term; and domestic workers' visit visas and does not need to visit the related centers and concerned authorities.

Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Chairman of the Ministry of Interior’s E-transformation Higher Committee said: “This new service is in pursuance of the Federal Government’s strategy and aims at streamlining customers’ procedures”.

Major General Al Raisi also indicated that the Ministry of Interior is working on re-programming services so as to be obtained by the customers hassle-free through the available information technology means.

Customers can now pay financial document and health insurance fees needed to obtain long term; short term; and domestic workers' visit visas without the need to visit the related centers and concerned authorities.

“These services facilitate customers’ procedures and save their time and effort without the need to visit service centers, health insurance offices, and banks. They can now directly obtain the required service via the Ministry of Interior’s applications,” he said.

Moreover, he also noted that this added service contributes to reducing the time required to complete the procedures with less paperwork; in order to protect the environment, increase production efficiency, and reduce time and effort for customers to obtain different services.

Major General AL Raisi stressed the Ministry of Interior’s interest to provide all official documents, visas and certificates electronically. He urged upon the public to avail of the services via the smartphones application (UAE MoI) via its website: www.moi.gov.ae.

In conclusion, the MOI official noted that individuals who need further information can feel free to contact the toll-free number of the MoI Services Center: 8005000 or the email: mobile@moi.gov.ae

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Visa denied for Live-in Relationship


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Immigration department has issued warnings for people who violate rules and will have problems for their visa and living in UAE.

Top immigration official Ibrahim Al Madbouli said that ONLY married couples will get family residence visas and they should present marriage certificates. A man will not be able to sponsor a woman if he has not married her, but she can come on a visit or a job visa.

People who are living with pre arrangements and live-in relationship will have to face consequences.

“We have come across a number of cases in which unmarried couples approached the department to legalise their status. If a woman who has a valid residence visa get pregnant out of wedlock, she might face problems as she has to be married to get a birth certificate for the child and only if there is a birth certificate, the child will get a visa,” said Al Madbouli.

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