UAE: Job Visa Rules Changed; Expats life is easier now!

UAE has just announced major changes to foreign worker insurance procedures, as well as visa legislation.

The Cabinet of the UAE, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, adopted a number of new strategic decisions with regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package of visa facilitations.

  • A new insurance plan costing 60 dirhams annually for workers’ guarantees will replace the mandatory deposit of 3,000 dirhams ($817) per employee, the state-owned WAM news agency reported.
  • New visa facilitation procedures for visitors, residents, families & people overstaying their visa also adopted.
  • UAE exemption of transit passengers from all entry fees for first 48 hours approved. Transit visa extension for up to 96 hours for a fee of Dh50.
  • The Cabinet decision also grants people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” stamp on their passport.
  • New 6-month visa to be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country.  Temporary visa to enhance the UAE’s position as a land of opportunities, a destination for talents and professionals.
  • UAE grants those who entered country illegally a chance to leave voluntarily with a ‘no entry’ stamp for 2 years, if they present return ticket.
  • UAE Cabinet allows individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa to do so for a fee, without having to leave and re-enter the country.
  • UAE Cabinet adopts resolution on empowering ‘People of Determination’, enabling them to equal access the job market.
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These changes will have a huge positive impact on expats’ lives in the country.
Source Credit: Gulf News

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