UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Upcoming Police Clearance Certificate Requirement; Recent Changes to Immigration Processes

Effective 4 February 2018, new employment applications must be supported by a police clearance certificate.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Ministry of Interior (MOI), and free zone authorities have all made some important changes that affect how applications are processed.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Upcoming Police Clearance Certificate Requirement; Recent Changes to Immigration Processes

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants.

IRAQ – Exit Visas No Longer Available at Airports – UPDATED

Effective 31 December 2018, the Government of Iraq’s (GOI) Ministry of Interior issued an instruction that the GOI visa offices at the Federal Iraq airports (Baghdad, Basra , Najaf etc.) will resume issuance of Iraqi exit visas ONLY for any MEV or MEEVs that expired before 27 November 2017

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IRAQ – Exit Visas No Longer Available at Airports – UPDATED

This alert was prepared using information provided by New Frontiers Business Consulting.

SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Companies with Five or Fewer Employees Are Exempt from Expanded Expat Fee

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development has announced that Saudi companies employing five people or fewer are exempt from the new monthly expat levy. Companies employing nine people or fewer must pay the levy for the number of employees exceeding five.

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IRAQ – Visa Letters of Approval Limited to Three Months Validity

Effective December 19, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior has begun limiting the validity of Letters of Approval (LOAs) for all visas to three months. Previously, LOAs were issued with varying validity periods depending on visa type, giving LOA holders up to one year in which to enter Iraq and activate or renew their visas.

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IRAQ – Visa Letters of Approval Limited to Three Months Validity

This alert was prepared using information provided by New Frontiers Business Consulting.

IRAQ – Stricter Penalties for Late Visa Activation

Effective 28 November 2017, the Iraqi federal government has imposed a stricter regime of fines for late in-country visa activation.

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IRAQ – Stricter Penalties for Late Visa Activation

This news alert was prepared using information provided by New Frontiers International .

SAUDI ARABIA – Riyadh Chamber of Commerce Offers Online Attestation Services

Effective immediately, the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce has launched online attestation (certification) services for some documents.

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SAUDI ARABIA – Riyadh Chamber of Commerce Offers Online Attestation Services

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Process Changes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

The Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) free zone has removed the Internal Visa Transfer option for foreign employees transferring to a new employer within the DCCA. Employees in this situation now need to use the “Government Transfer” option, which requires a medical test (unlike the Internal Visa Transfer option).

Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi, the original Emirates ID of the sponsor is now required in support of visa applications for dependent family members. The immigration authorities scan the original Emirates ID to check whether the sponsor is currently out of the country, and reject the application if the sponsor is not in the UAE at the time of application submission.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Process Changes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants.