Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quick list: Types of visas and fees

by Zainulthplus Tag

The following is a quick list of the new visa fees implemented in UAE 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

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

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.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

UAE Immigration announces New Visa Fees

UAE Immigration has announced new visa fees and rules with effect from Aug 2014. The latest policy implements new multiple entry visas for students and medical tourists.

UAE Visa Fees 2014

The UAE has started implementing the new visa fees structure from August 1, after it was endorsed by the federal cabinet in Abu Dhabi, local newspapers reported. The federal cabinet of United arab emirates is the final authority to issue new laws and rules in the seven emirates.

Visa fees have been increased for certain types of visas. At the same time, new multiple entry visas have been introduced in the new system and it is available for medical tourists, students, and business visitors.

The move comes in response to needs of UAE residents and community members, a Ministry of Interior spokesperson said to the local media. The complete schedule of the new visa fees system will be posted on the website of the interior ministry within the next few days and will be updated with you once it is available.

Companies in UAE that do not change the legal status of their sponsored workers on time will be imposed with fine of Dirhams 1,000 for each worker.

The government will also impose a fine of Dhs5,000 on companies or individuals who misuse the residency system or submit fake reports. The repeated violators within a year will have their fines doubled.

Following are some of the new visa fees with effect from Aug 2014:

  • Employment visa (public sector): Dhs200
  • Employment visa (private sector, freezones, investors): Dhs250
  • Residence visa for family members of expatriates (public sector): Dhs200
  • Residence visa for family members of expatriates (private sector, freezones, investors): Dhs250
  • Residence visa for family members of an expatriate worker sponsored by a national: Dhs150
  • Residence visa for domestic helpers (working for Emiratis, GCC nationals): Dhs150
  • Residence visa for domestic workers (working for expatriate residents): Dhs200
  • Residence visa for real estate owners: Dhs1,100
  • Transit visa: Dhs100
  • Multiple entry work visa: Dhs2,100
  • Study or training visa: Dhs550
  • Medical treatment visa: Dhs550
  • Multiple entry visa for medical treatment: Dhs1,400
  • Visa for patient’s escort: Dhs1,400

Friday, 25 July 2014

Civil case possible for not providing visa

Civil case is possible in UAE against a prospective employer if they fail to provide a new visa.

If you had resigned from your previous employment after getting another offer letter and cancelled your visa. But your new prospective employer has not started any procedure for obtaining a work visa for you and the new company is not responding in any manner. Can you file a complaint against the new company or employer?

The Ministry of Labour does not have the appropriate
jurisdiction in this matter since there is no employment relation between you and your prospective employer.

In this situation, you may continue to follow up with the future employer for information and updates on your work visa. If you find that the prospective employer is not responding to your enquiries within a reasonable period, you may consider civil case, claiming for compensation in view of the fact that the employer induced you into leaving your job by promising a new job and then failing to fulfill their obligations.
The compensation may be claimed for employment loss and monetary benefits, mental harassment and also for breach of contract. You should have an original offer letter signed by the new employer with details of new job.
You should have sufficient proof to support your compensation claims at the court of competent jurisdiction. Letters and email communication from the prospective employer will add more support for the case.

It is advised that you appoint a legal practitioner in the UAE to provide you with necessary help in this case.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Prohibited Mailing Items in UAE

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.
  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).

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