Effective March 17, 2016, the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) will require a birth certificate for all new, renewal, or transfer of employment visa applications if the applicant is from a non-Arab country but holds a previous nationality or ancestral existence from an Arab country. Birth certificates must be attested by the UAE Embassy in the home country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.
Previously, birth certificates might have been requested upon review of an application on a case by case basis. It is now mandatory to submit birth certificates at the initial stage of the application.
Also, pleas note the Emirates Identity Authority office hours are now 7:00 am to 5:00 pm GST.
What you need to do
- Affected applicants must take into consideration the additional time needed to get the birth certificate attested.
- Emigra Worldwide can assist with birth certificate legalization when possible.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how this may impact you or your clients
The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.