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.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Six year jail for Tenancy contract forgery


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Tenancy contract forgery is becoming a serious issue in Dubai. People are get caught in the nets of fraudulent PROs, who offer to make arrangements for tenancy contracts and get ejari certificates for residence visa process. Becoming a part of this method will end you with the legal proceedings. 

Tenancy Contract Dubai - Ejari
Sample of Tenancy Contract Dubai - Ejari
The procedure to get a tenancy contract registered with the Dubai Land Department’s Ejari system is very simple. There are various authorised typing centres across the emirate providing this service. Still some people fall prey to online ‘fraudsters’ who ‘sold’ them fake registration certificates.

Whether it is a lack of awareness about the Ejari process and the concerned law or just avoiding it, several residents still approach some ‘brokers’ or PROs who post their services through online websites to help them get the tenancy contract registration certificate and get the family visa transaction done. Obtaining such fake certificates will end you in the Dubai Courts, for criminal cases for aiding and abetting other accomplices for forgery. 

No tolerance for fake Documents

Counsellor Ali Humeid bin Khatem, Advocate-General and head of the Naturalisation and Residency Prosecution, told that the claim of innocence by some defendants in such crimes will not taken into consideration. “They claim to be innocent and that they are victims of fraud even as they tried to trick the law by using a forged document. They don’t even have an authentic tenancy contract and they seek the help of such fraudsters to acquire one.”

The PRO or broker, in such cases, is also traced through the typing centre where he submits the fake document even if he is in another emirate. “We will not spare any effort to bring them to justice.”
Some claim to have paid up to Dh1,000 or more to the “PRO” to complete the procedure to get necessary documents including the Ejari certificate while the certificate costs Dh195 only.
“None would pay such a huge amount if he is not aware he is doing something wrong. They can’t claim to be gullible since they have tried to break the law by committing or aiding and abetting in forgery,” Bin Khatem pointed out.

The tenancy contract is a guarantee by the applicant that he has a good accommodation to receive his family members before he can obtain a visa. It is not an obstacle for not providing visas but to ensure that they would take care of their families and secure them a decent accomodation during their stay in Dubai.

The top prosecutor said that the residents, who required to apply for visas for their family members, should, indeed, have an accommodation, whether rented or owned.

The tenancy contract registration certificate is a document proving that the tenancy contract is authentic.

Ejari is an electronic system started by the Land Department at authenticate the tenancy contracts in Dubai. Thanks to the Ejari system, forgery cases are being easily detected and exposed.

Ejari Certificate Process
  1. A resident can apply for an Ejari Certificate through any typing centre in Dubai.
  2. The applicant should submit:
  • Emirates ID
  • Passport Copy
  • A recent DEWA Bill
  • The original Tenancy Contract or the title deed copy of property or residential unit.
Residents still fall victim

The Naturalisation and Residency Prosecution has been warning, through the media, residents against forging tenancy contracts to obtain residence visas for family members, But some people, currently caught in the middle of legal cases because of the forgery, are claiming to be innocent victims of fraudsters who would simply vanish after the forgery is exposed.

People are giving money for arranging tenancy contracts to evade the huge rent amount required to obtain residence in Dubai. Such people will be charged by court with aiding and abetting these fraud PRO's in forging and using that forged tenancy contract registration certificate.

Attested Tenancy contract is a part of the documents required for the visa processing to obtain a residency visa for the family.

Paying cash for a forged document is a big mistake and will cause legal trouble and would possibly end up being jailed and deported. You could be caught at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) when you will went there to complete the visa process or to collect the visa.

Penalty for forgery

According to Article 217 of the Federal Penal Code, whoever forges or uses an official forged document shall be sentenced to a period not exceeding five years in prison. According to Article 121 of the same law, the courts, both Criminal and the Misdemeanours, may order the deportation of the accused, if found guilty, in forgery cases.

“The crime of forgery bears a penalty starting from three years in jail. However, the court may sometimes give the defendant six months in jail if extenuating circumstances were found in the tenancy contract forgery case,” said Bin Khatem.


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