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Dubai Visit Visa rules are more stricter now

Dubai Visit Visa RulesUAE residency departments have adopted stricter visa rules, banning tourist, visit and conference visas for workers from certain labour exporting countries.

The Federal Residency Department, which oversees residency departments across the country, has decided to adopt stricter regimes for tourist, visit and conference visas to curb the influx of blue-collar workers from many labor exporting countries into the country,” said the official who wished not to be named.

The new regime bans visit visas for some workers, especially from traditional labor exporting countries to the UAE, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and The Philippines, and sets a university degree as a prerequisite for obtaining a visa, plus other requirements.

Gulf News quotes a senior official saying the rules are implemented to better protect citizens and residents by preventing foreign criminals from coming to the UAE.

Categories banned from obtaining tourist, visit or conference visas include electricians, pipe fitters, masons, farmers, drivers, tailors and cleaners. The requirements include round trip tickets, proofs of a confirmed hotel booking and and enough money to finance the stay.

The move was prompted by the recent arrests of scores of foreigners on tourist, visit and conference visas, who were either engaged in organized crimes, human trafficking or were found unemployed and looking for jobs or begging in the streets, or near hospitals, mosques and malls, according to the source.

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Visiting Dubai? New Entry Permits to be issued One Month after Exit

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In a recent revelation by Department for Residency and Foreigners Affairs, new entry permits for visitors will be issued one month after they exit UAE.

Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of the Dubai General Department for Residency and Foreigners Affairs, recently told the media that, “A visitor needs to get a new entry permit to re-enter the country once he or she leaves the country for any destination. The new entry permit will be issued only after one month from the date the visitor leaves the UAE.”

This means that visitors who have entered UAE and now want to visit neighboring states like Oman or Bahrain and then return to UAE can not do so, as new visas will be issued only after a gap of at least one month.

The rule applies even if the visitors leave the country before the expiry of their entry permits. They have to wait for one month before applying for another entry permit.

Visitors who are interested in frequent entry and exits should take Multiple Entry Visas. These visas are especially suitable for businessmen who are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with a reputable company here. A Multiple Entry Visa is valid for six months from the date of issue and costs Dh1,000. However, each visit must not exceed 30 days.

Visit, tourist and transit visas are only for single entry.