United Arab Emirates – Original Documents Required and TECOM Delays

What has changed

Effective November 15, 2015, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) announced that all visa applicants must now submit original documents only for scanning at typing centers. Previously photocopies of some documents were accepted.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All visa applicants submitting documents for scanning at typing centers

In addition to requiring original documents, applicants are recommended to have the following:

  • Original passport and Emirates ID of the sponsor
  • Original passport and Emirates ID of those being sponsored
  • A color photo¬†with a white background¬†of the sponsored persons
  • labor contract, labor card, salary letter for those employed in private sectors, free zone and government
  • Trade license if the sponsor is a partner or investor
  • Original tenancy contract
  • Attested birth and marriage certificates, if applicable
  • IBAN number of the sponsor (which is now mandatory)

New conditions are applicable to all GDRA branches and typing centers across the emirate.

Additional UAE Immigration News

Please note that currently, there have been delays for processing of all applications with TECOM authorities due to internal changes within TECOM. TECOM is not providing a client update or a written confirmation with regards to immigration changes, if any, and applicants are being notified of any changes once the application has been submitted.

Additionally TECOM has implemented a new restriction where dependent applications sponsored by a female employee will not be accepted by TECOM authorities. The application for the dependent has to be filed directly at the main immigration (DNRD) office/centers.

Emigra will continue to follow up with TECOM authorities to process the applications in a timely manner and for any immigration updates.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra can assist with collecting all original documents and getting the application typed at the tying centers, where ever possible.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

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.