Major Change Of Rules Now In The Acquisition Of The UAE Visa

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Major changes in the UAE Visa rules

The United Arab Emirates has brought about a new change in the rules of their visa application for various applicants to apply for the visa.

Previously, there was a mandatory deposit of a sum of Dh3,000 per worker which is now replaced by a new kind of insurance scheme by the government.

On Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, was when the meeting was held and the UAE Cabinet has approved reforms including the replacing of the bank guarantee system for private sector employees, with a low-cost insurance scheme. This will release Dh14 billion back to the private sector companies and will further lower the cost of doing business.

To what took on at the meeting or the conference that was held, this is some of the brief stories and the discussions:

AT A GLANCE: Major changes announced by UAE Cabinet

• UAE Cabinet announces decision to abolish mandatory bank guarantee for labour recruitment and replace it with a low-cost insurance system.

• New visa facilitation procedures for visitors, residents, families & people overstaying their visa also adopted.

• UAE exemption of transit passengers from all entry fees for first 48 hours approved. Transit visa extension for up to 96 hours for a fee of Dh50.

• Cabinet decision grants people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” stamp on their passport.

• New 6-month visa to be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. Temporary visa to enhance the UAE’s position as a land of opportunities, a destination for talents and professionals.

• UAE grants those who entered country illegally a chance to leave voluntarily with a ‘no entry’ stamp for 2 years, if they present return ticket.

• UAE Cabinet allows individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa to do so for a fee, without having to leave and re-enter the country.

• UAE Cabinet adopts resolution on empowering ‘People of Determination’, enabling them to equal access the job market.


Abu Dhabi:  The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday made a possible solution and adopted a number of strategic decisions with best regards to foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package of visa facilitations in the country.

A new insurance scheme for workers’ guarantees has been introduced. The previous mandatory deposit of Dh3,000 per worker is now replaced by a new insurance scheme that cost only Dh60 annually per worker.


The decisions were approved on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting chaired  His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The newly created scheme secures workers’ rights in the private sector and reduces the burdens on employers. It allows businesses to recover approximately Dh14 billion, representing the value of current guarantees paid by employers, which will enable them to further invest in the development of their business. The system also enhances the ease of doing business in the UAE, which effectively contributes to market prosperity and growth.

On the discussion, the purpose of the new system aims to achieve a wider coverage of the rights and entitlements for the workers. The value of the insurance policy in the new system is Dh60 per year for each worker and covers the workers’ entitlements in terms of end of service benefits, vacation allowance, overtime allowance, unpaid wages, worker’s return ticket and cases of work injury, in which the insurance coverage amounts to Dh20,000 per worker.

The Cabinet also adopted a number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying their visa to cater for a wider segment of the society. The Cabinet approved a new legislative package, including a review of the current residency system to allow a two-year extension of the residency period for the dependents of their parents after finishing their university studies.

A new decision has also been approved to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. Transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.

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