UAE charges visa fee to curb expatriates inflow
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’ Ministry of Interior recently announced that foreigners applying for entrance visas to the UAE will now on have to pay a deposit as a pre-requisite for obtaining the permit, reported Khaleej Times.
In a bid to reduce the misuse of tourist visas for bringing expatriate relatives into the country to look for employment, the new fee will be equal to the value of a return air ticket to the home country of the visitor. A sponsor bringing his relatives into the country on a visit visa must provide the airfare along with required documents to the Ministry’s naturalization and residency department.
The UAE implemented a number of rules that drastically restricted the issuance of visas for families of expatriates in 1994. An expatriate seeking visas for his family should have a monthly income of 4,000 Emirati dirhams ($1,100) if the employer provides accommodation and at least Dh 5,000 dirhams if not so. Businessmen will be allowed to bring in family or servants only if their share in a limited liability firm is no less than Dh 70,000. — (menareport.com)
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