Saturday, 5 July 2014

Prohibited Mailing Items in UAE


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The following items are prohibited by Dubai customs department from mailing thourgh e parcel or normal mail.

The mailing or courier of following items may bring a hefty fine by the
Dubai customs and loss to the sender.
  • Aerosol products.
  • Butane gas lighters and refills.
  • Firearms, ammunition, and their components.
  • Gold, jewels, platinum, precious stones, and silver except in insured parcels.
  • Perishable infectious biological substances.
  • Perishable noninfectious biological substances.
  • Polished, whitened, artificial, or imitation pearls.
  • Pork products.
  • Printed matter offensive to Arabs and Muslims.
  • Radioactive materials.
  • Radio transmitters and receivers except under permit.
  • Restrictions 
  • Medicines require prior authorization.
Observations 
  1. Shipments, whose value does not exceed Dirham's 500, are exempted from Customs procedures.
  2. Parcels that are not commercial type and contain personal items are generally exempted from all customs procedures in Dubai.
  3. Shipments that exceed 500 dirham's in value and are commercial items shipments must be accompanied by following:
  • Original invoices authenticated by the Consulate of the UAE or Dubai Chamber
  • Authenticated certificate of origin by the Dubai Chamber
  • Packing List of the contents of the package
  • Certificate of exemption from duty, if applicable.
The following Customs Forms are required for fulfilling the customs procedure in UAE:

First-Class Mail International items and Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes require PS Form 2976 and Priority Mail International parcels require PS Form 2976-A inside 2976-E (envelope).

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Leave salary payment in UAE


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As per UAE labour law companies have no authority to ask an employee to go on loss of pay for a definite period other than normal annual leave without the leave salary payment. Employee doesn't need to look the status of company's financial position like whether it is good or bad. Can an employee be forced to go on loss of pay because of financial losses of a company? The answer is "No" as per the federal law regarding employment in UAE.
As per the UAE employment law employees are not responsible for the company's financial liabilities and profit or loss. They are only responsible for their duties as agreed up on by the company in their employment contracts. If they fulfill their obligations as mentioned in their employment contracts, then, it is their right to receive their remuneration.

UAE Employment Law

Article 56 of the UAE Labour law clearly mentions that: "Employees engaged on a yearly or monthly remuneration shall be paid at least once a month. All other employees shall receive their remuneration at least once every two weeks."

Employment law in UAE states that the employees are entitled to receive 30 days leave with pay when they completed 11 months of work. It has to be noted that as per the UAE Law, even in case of liquidation of a company, employees are given priority over debtors. Keeping in view the above injunction of law, no employee can be coerced to go on loss of pay because the company cannot pay the agreed remuneration.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Notary Public in UAE


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Notary Public services in Dubai and other emirates are offered through Courts in the different emirates of United Arab Emirates. Dubai Courts has enabled an e-Notary service where you can apply for a ratification and this will be reviewed by Dubai Courts Notary Public and an appointment will be scheduled for the delivery of service at your own convenience.

Dubai courts is the official authority to make judgements for civil and criminal cases in Dubai. Notary public Dubai services are provided by government through this channel.

In cases like employers not paying the final settlements of your salary and you are in a state to change the job, then you can accept the notarised undertaking letter from the old company and sign the cancellation papers.

In the procedure of changing a job, the worker has to sign a ratification that he received all his benefits and gratuity from his employer. Such ratification is considered an official document.

The only solution you have if the company is not able to pay your dues now, is to have an undertaking letter and get it notarised from the Notary Public in UAE before you start the procedure of changing the visa. Such a document might be valid in court and you will be able to challenge the other official document.

Otherwise, you will have to start suing the company from now and apply for temporary work permission until your case is concluded.

Monday, 2 June 2014

New biometric rule in UAE for Saudi visa applicants


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Visa applicants to Saudi Arabia, including people for Haj and Umrah pilgrims, who are applying from the UAE must now have their fingerprints and photo taken in addition to other regular visa requirements.

The new visa rules went into effect on Sunday. The new biometric procedure for the visa application will cost Dh17. This is implemented to to speed up the entry formalities to the Saudi kingdom.

However, following people are exempted from the biometric rule.

  • Applicants aged below 12
  • Applicants aged above 70
  • Diplomatic visa applicants
  • Persons who cannot complete the process due to a medical reason

The total time taken for this process is 3-5 minutes for the fingerprint and photo capture.

Applicants for visa must visit any of the three VFS Tasheel visa service centres in the UAE — in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah — which process Saudi visa applications.


VFS Tasheel is authorised agent by the Saudi foreign affairs ministry to handle the Saudi visa application process in more than 30 countries.
VFS officials said that the biometrics rule has been made mandatory by the Saudi ministry. They also said that the company does not store or use the biometrics information in any way.

Pilgrims who need Haj or Umrah visas must visit a visa service centre for capturing biometric data. However, their other usual formalities for visa procoess will continue to be managed by an authorised Haj or Umrah agent.

Once the travel agent completes the pilgrim’s Enjaz process, the agent will need to schedule an appointment with the nearest visa centre on the applicant’s behalf.

All visa applicants must make an appointment for the biometrics capture on the VFS Tasheel website - vfstasheel.com.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Dubai Tourist Visa Expiry


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Dubai Tourist visa is issued for a period of 40 days from the date of entry into any UAE port. A visa extension is possible and if you extend the period it will enable you to stay in the country for a total of 60 days.

Dubai tourist visa
Overstaying in tourist visa without extension has some problems. If you didn't inform the sponsor or tour agent about the overstay they may file an absconding complaint in the Dubai immigration department. It will attract police case and legal proceedings against you as per the UAE law. I advice the people to renew their visa if they need to overstay for 2 or 3 days in UAE. Overstaying charges are calculated at the time of exit.

If you got an employment offer while on tourist visa then it is possible to apply for a work permit. You will need to exit from the country to complete the work visa procedure.
Tourist visa renewal is possible by directly contacting your sponsor or tourist company from where you got the visa and pay them the required fees. Then they will renew it by o
nline for twenty more days.

Dubai tourist visa is the easiest option for tourists travelling to Dubai with less procedures.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

How to remove bank account hold due to job change


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In UAE it is a regular rule by banks to hold the final settlement amount if the customer has loans or credit cards. The companies in UAE will submit final settlement cheque along with a letter mentioning that this is their employee's final settlement and they have no further liability for the employee loans or credit cards with the bank. Then the bank will put your account under hold and you have submit some documents to remove this. Unless the account hold is removed you will not be able to make withdrawal of final settlement amount.

Banks in UAE
The following describes the procedure for employees who have resigned from their job and joined another company. As per the bank policy in UAE, customers who have credit cards or loans should submit a Salary Transfer Letter from the new company and a copy of their new visa stamped in the passport. Thisi is required in order to continue with any of the liabilities they have with the bank. 

If the above documents are not submitted after a job change then your account will put under a hold. The submission of Salary Transfer Letter and a copy of new visa stamped in the passport will enable you to make the usual transactions in your bank account. This is done by banks to ensure the safety of their financial liabilities to an extent.

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