United Arab Emirates – Immigration Updates

Changes to Dependant Visa Deregistration Requirements

What has changed

Effective immediately, the government authorities at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) no longer require the sponsor’s original passport and Emirates ID for dependant visa cancellation as ┬álong as the sponsor is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or has been outside the UAE for more than six (6) months. Previously, the sponsor’s original Emirates ID and passport were required for the dependant visa cancellation process.

Who is affected?

  • Dependant sponsors based in the DIFC

What to expect

The processing of dependant visa cancellation without the sponsor’s original documents will result in a more straightforward process. Please note that the original passport and Emirates ID will still be required if the sponsor has been out of the UAE for less than six (6) months and their visa is still valid.

What you need to do

  • To ensure that the dependant visa cancellation is processed smoothly, it is recommended to provide clear color copies of the sponsor’s passport and Emirates ID in the absence of providing the original documents.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

 

Dependant Visas No Longer Transferable to an Employment Visa

What has changed

Effective February 2017, dependants who are sponsored by an individual can no longer transition from a dependant visa to an employment visa. Previously, dependants who were under the sponsorship of an individual could transition directly to an employment visa. However, effective February 2017, they will have to cancel their dependant visa prior to obtaining an employment visa.

Who is affected?

  • Dependants under the sponsorship of an individual looking to obtain an employment visa

What to expect

Since a dependent visa can no longer be transferred, applicants should expect extended timelines as they must first cancel their dependant visa and then apply for a new employment visa.

What you need to do

  • Emigra Worldwide will ensure that clear timelines are communicated to the applicant so that they can plan accordingly.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

 

New Biometrics Capture Center Authorized

What has changed

The Emirates ID authorities have now authorized the Umm Hurair-2 (Karama) center for DIFC employees to capture their Emirates ID biometrics. A map of the location can be found here.

Who is affected?

  • Applicants for an Emirates ID

What to expect

The Emirates ID authorities have authorized one more location to capture the biometrics, making it more beneficial and accessible to individuals. Previously, the only authorized Emirates ID center was in Al Baraha.

What you need to do

  • Be aware of the new option for Emirates ID biometrics capture.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

 

Visas on Arrival Now Available for Russian Nationals

What has changed

Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has approved a cabinet decree recommending Russian nationals to be granted visas upon arrival in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The visa will allow citizens of the Russian Federation an entry visa with an initial validity of thirty (30) days, renewable one time only for an additional thirty (30) days, as per UAE regulations.

Who is affected?

  • Russian Nationals traveling to the United Arab Emirates

What to expect

Upon expiration of visa after a maximum of sixty (60) days, Russian nationals should exit the country in order to ensure no fines are levied.

What you need to do

  • Be aware that Russian nationals can now receive a thirty (30) day visa upon arrival which can be extended an additional thirty (30) days prior to receiving their employment visa.
  • Be aware that individuals who overstay a visa upon arrival may incur fines.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.