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Visit visa to the UAE will cost Dh500 from August

Posted by Admin on July 19, 2008

By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
Last updated: June 08, 2008, 16:55

Abu Dhabi: Visit visas to the UAE will cost Dh500 from August 1 following the revamp of the structure and charges of entry documents in line with a cabinet decision, a senior official said. New types of visas have also been introduced.

“Visit visas valid for 30 days will cost Dh500. This cannot be renewed,” said Lieutenant General Mohammad Salem Al Khaili, Director-General of Federal Naturalisation and Residency Department.

“If a person wishes to stay for an extended period, he or she must obtain a visa valid for 90 days which costs Dh1,000.”

A health insurance policy is mandatory for visitors and a Dh1,000 deposit will be collected by the department before issuing visas.

Residents can apply for the visa for their spouse or blood relatives. Sponsoring other relatives will need the approval of senior officials. Only UAE nationals can sponsor friends.

Multiple entries

Some 16 types of visit visas have been defined by the FNRD specifying the reason for visit, such as education, treatment, or for participating in an exhibition or conference.

“A multiple entry visa has also been introduced. The visa [costing Dh2,000] is valid for six months, but a person can stay in the country only for 14 days at a stretch, ” said Al Khaili.
“New types of visas are introduced to keep up with the fastpaced development of the country,” he added.

Student visit visas will cost Dh1,000. To obtain this, a person must be registered in one of the universities in the UAE and must obtain health insurance. Additionally a refundable deposit of Dh1000 must be paid.

Those wishing to undergo treatment must take visit visa for treatment purpose that costs Dh1,000 for 90 day duration.
This can be renewed for a similar period at Dh500.

Those visiting to attend conferences or exhibitions can obtain a visa for this purpose at Dh100.

One-month long tourist visas will cost Dh100, as before. This may be renewed only once. Transit visas will cost Dh100 while mission visas will cost Dh200.

Apart from the 16 new types of visas, complimentary visit visas could be issued by all government departments free of cost to delegates, dignitaries and others.

VISA FEES
Type of visa
Fees in Dhs
Short Entry (visit) Visa
500 (1 month)
Long Entry (visit) Visa
1,000 (3 months)
Multiple Entry Visa
2,000
Entry Visa for Study
1,000
Renewal of Study Visa
500
Entry Visa for Medical Treatment
1,000
Renewal of Medical Treatment Visa
500
Entry Visa for Expos and Conferences
100
Tourism Entry Visa
100
Renewal of Tourism Visa
500
Entry Visa for GCC State Residents
100
Renewal of GCC State Resident’s Visa
500
Entry Visa for GCC State Resident’s Companions
100
Renewal of GCC State Residents Companions’ Visa
200
Mission Entry Visa
200
Transit Entry Visa
100
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More updates about UAE visa rules

Posted by Admin on June 19, 2008

Interior Ministry lifts 6-month re-entry ban

The Ministry of Interior has announced that effective 21 August, it will stop stamping the six-month re-entry ban on the passports of expatriate workers in the private sector whose residence visas have been cancelled. As a result, expatriate workers whose residence visas had been cancelled can now re-enter the UAE on any type of visa, other than employment. Moreover, a source from the labor ministry confirmed that with the lifting of the ban, the ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) would no longer be required for expatriate workers seeking a job transfer. The approval of the old sponsor would be in the form of affixing his signature on the sponsorship transfer application form, which would also bear the signature of the new sponsor. Expatriate employees welcomed the new policy for providing them freedom to change jobs. Employers, however, also want appropriate checks and balances to be in place to prevent anyone from taking undue advantage of the situation.

UAE citizenship for highly-skilled professionals

Labor Minister Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi recently proposed the granting of UAE citizenship to a select category of highly qualified and skilledprofessionals who have the potential to contribute to national development. According to the minister, such a move would allow the country to benefit from the expertise of these professionals.

Interior Ministry introduces new 90-day mission entry visa

Interior Minister Lt. Gen, Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan has decreed the introduction of a new 90-day entry visa. The new three-month visa called, the Mission Entry Visa, will be issued to expatriate workers hired for short-term special projects for an initial fee of Dh600. This new visa canbe renewed for another three months for a fee of Dh1,200. The Mission Entry Visa can be issued to engineers, doctors, lawyers and technicians to carry out an urgent or emergency assignment for a licensed company or a public or private institution duly registered in the UAE. The spouse and children can accompany the visa holder. The new visa was allegedly designed to simplify the recruitment process for the employment of selectforeign temporary workers and, at the same time, put an end to the abuse of the visit visa for employment purposes.

Category A companies predominateThe classification of companies based on the percentage of their work force belonging to the same nationality is as follows: firms with 30 percent or less are under category A, while those with 31 to 74 percent are under category B and those listed as category C are firms with over 75 percent of staff having the same nationality. According to the Labor Ministry, out of some 440,000 companies registered in the UAE, 359,000 are or 81.8 percent in category A; 36,000 are in category B;  and 44,000 are in category C. In terms of number of workers, category A companies employ about 18 per cent or 450,000 out of 2.5 million expatriate workers in the country. However, a senior ministry official cautioned that the data could be deceiving since many of the companies in category A have either closed down or actually employ fewer than four workers, thus exempting them from the mixed-nationality and emiratization requirements.

Construction firms strive to diversify workforce

Assistant undersecretary for labor Humaid bin Dimas clarified that even if the construction industry were not subject to the emiratization quota, the

Labor Ministry would nevertheless recognize the companies’ initiatives to meet the two percent annual quota imposed on commercial companies with 50 or more workers. Hence, construction companies, which rely heavily on thousands of foreign laborers, have a chance to be upgraded from category B or C to category A if they meet the stipulated criteria, as well as the emiratization quota and diversification of culture requirements. This has prompted a number of companies to start diversifying the nationalities of their laborers to conform to the prescribed culture balance.

Visa violations by foreign workers

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs allegedly found 579 cases of visa violations among foreign workers employed in various private companies during the first eight months of the year. Of this number, 287 were on visit visas, 122 on domestic worker visas and 170 on parental visas. The Labor Law requires foreigners who want to work in the private sector to first obtain the necessary work permit or labor card from the ministry.

Shelter for runway Filipino domestic workers

Philippine labor attaché in Dubai Vicente Cabe confirmed that the consulate has provided shelter to more than 60 runaway Filipino domestic workers who were seeking protection from abusive employers. According to Cabe, 90 percent of the runaway domestic workers who have sought refuge at the consulate accused their employers of non-payment of wages while others complained of verbal abuse, ill treatment or sexual harassment. Cabe also expressed concern over the recent surge in the number of runaway domestic workers, which is putting a strain on the shelter’s capacity. Meanwhile, a group of overseas Filipino workers in the Philippines has asked Manila to file a formal protest and to review its diplomatic ties with the UAE in the light of increasing reports of abuses of Filipino domestic workers.

Longer break for outdoor laborers

Last June, the Cabinet passed a resolution allowing a longer mid-day break, from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, for all outdoor laborers during the summer months of July and August. Workers who are denied this entitlement are encouraged to complain to the ministry.

Buraimi students seek clarification

Many expatriate students, mostly from India and Pakistan , who live in the neighboring Omani town of Buraimi , come to Al Ain daily to attend school without having to present travel documents. However, last June the Abu Dhabi police sent a circular to the Al Ain schools saying that the federal law requires these students to secure permits to enter the UAE. A few days before the start of classes this year, there were rumors that the circular has been withdrawn.  Parents have been inquiring on the status of the directive; so far, authorities have not communicated further with the schools. According to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi , about 750 Indian students would be affected by the circular.

One-stop shop for immigration transactions

The Abu Dhabi Naturalization and Residency Department is ready to set up a one-stop Special Services Office to speed up processing of all  immigration and naturalization transactions. The one-stop shop, to be operated by qualified personnel using the latest technology, is intended to enhance UAE’s image as a “modern, red tape-free” country.

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Dubai plans new health coverage

Posted by Admin on June 9, 2008

By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter
Published: June 09, 2008, 23:36

Dubai: A new health coverage system will be implemented in Dubai from January next year. It will allow residents access to basic and essential medical care through a central fund paid for by sponsors, a senior official said.

Each sponsor must pay between Dh500 and Dh800 annually to the Central Health Fund, for each beneficiary. The government will pay the fee for UAE nationals and employer for his or her employees. Husbands or parents will have to pay for their spouse and children.

Simon Hodges, senior adviser with the Dubai Executive Council, said employers would not be required to pay for their employees’ family.

“When it comes to dependents, the sponsors will be obliged to cover the costs of those individuals. If the employer chooses to pay for the individuals [dependents of employees], the system will allow that,” he said.



Benefits

The health fund entitles each individual to basic and essential services, such as child immunisation and outpatient care, at a Dubai clinic as well as emergency care. Plans are afoot to include cancer treatment to the list of services. Individuals may also supplement their health coverage with a private insurance policy.

Qadi Saeed Al Muroshid, director-general of Dubai Health Authority, told reporters that this was the most equitable system.

“The reason behind the change is to improve the healthcare service in Dubai – we believe the people of Dubai, national or non-national, they deserve a higher quality of service [to make] Dubai a safer and healthier place to work,” he said.

Registration

To access the system, each individual has to register at a clinic in Dubai. Residents will only have to pay Dh25 per visit to the clinic regardless of the ailment. The current system tailors the cost to the treatment received.

The new system also opens public and private healthcare facilities to all residents.

Under the present system, only health card holders may access public healthcare facilities, while privately-insured individuals are restricted to private facilities.

But for people who work in Dubai but live in other emirates, such as Sharjah, they may have to separately pay for healthcare if they go to facilities outside Dubai.

Al Muroshid said they are planning to integrate the healthcare funding system with the rest of the UAE.

“The way we are planning our system, [we will be integrating] at the local and federal level,” he added.

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Security details for Holy Week in Dubai – 2008

Posted by Admin on March 19, 2008

Please note that starting Friday March 14, 2008, all those visiting Jebel Ali and Dubai Churches are not allowed to park the cars near the church. There are designated parking spaces close to the churches and from there you can either walk or there are regular RTA special buses picking you up from the parking area and dropping you to the church and vice-versa. This arrangement is throught the holy week untill easter sunday. There are police and RTA officials directing you to the parking lots. 

Security in the church entrance is also tight as there is a security screening of each and every person entering the church premises.

In view of the huge crowd for the Holy week services, it better to leave a little early to get into church on time on account of the above security arrangements.

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Valentines 2008 in Dubai with my fellow Azadeans

Posted by Admin on February 15, 2008

Pictures taken in Biela Dona Deira City Center. Full pinoy force joined together to celebrate the valentines day which is not that much celebrated in the middle east.

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