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

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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

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / SWITZERLAND – Short-Stay Visa Waiver Agreement Signed

On 31 October 2017, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an agreement (a “Memorandum of Understanding”) on the short-stay visa waiver for holders of ordinary passports.

As nationals of each country could already travel visa-free to the other, there are likely to be few if any noticeable changes as a result of the agreement.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / SWITZERLAND – Short-Stay Visa Waiver Agreement Signed

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Indian Nationals Under 14-Day Visa on Arrival May Not Change Status

Effective immediately, Indian nationals holding a 14-day visa on arrival, issued on the basis of a valid US visa or Green Card, cannot change status to another visa type, such as a tourist, business or employment visa, while in the UAE.

Indian nationals in this situation who wish to change status need to exit and re-enter UAE with a tourist, employment or business visa.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Indian Nationals Under 14-Day Visa on Arrival May Not Change Status

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Abu Dhabi Dependent Residence Permit Requires Abu Dhabi Tenancy Contract

Effective immediately, foreign nationals employed in Abu Dhabi who wish to sponsor family members for initial or renewal dependent residence permits must submit a Tawtheeq (a residential lease registered in Abu Dhabi) In support of the application.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Abu Dhabi Dependent Residence Permit Requires Abu Dhabi Tenancy Contract

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Visa on Arrival Extended to More Indian Nationals

The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates has approved the expansion of the visa on arrival program to Indian nationals who have a valid residence visa from either the United Kingdom or another European Union member state.

The new policy has not yet been implemented.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Visa on Arrival Extended to More Indian Nationals

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United Arab Emirates – Visa on Arrival Extended to Russian Nationals

Russian nationals have been granted visas on arrival to United Arab Emirates (UAE), following the Prime Minister’s approval of a cabinet decree at the end of January.

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United Arab Emirates – Visa on Arrival Extended to Russian Nationals

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