UAE Immigration Law
by Al Mubasheri | January 2015
Every country has a bunch of laws and regulations to control the flow of foreigners in and out of its bounders. In UAE, the law governing immigration is contained in The Federal Law No.6 of 1973.
The general rule regarding foreign visitors to the UAE is that all visitors require visas apart from those who are no transit ــ they are passengers who do not leave the airport and citizens of countries that have been exempted by the Government of UAE.
Citizens of such countries that have been exempted do not a visa to enter UAE, but obtain a visitor’s visa at the port of entrance after paying the prescribed fees. This visitor’s visa is valid for 60 days and an extension of the same can be applied for.
In UAE, the Naturalization and Immigration Administration, the International Airport Authority of any of the member emirates and any other body designated by the Ministry of Interior are the bodies responsible for issuing visas and permits to foreigners wishing to enter UAE.
Entry permits are distinct from visas and these may only be obtained from within UAE, from the Headquarters of immigration and Residence. UAE immigration laws and regulations cover the various interests that visitors may have ranging from business to tourism. It is a good idea to have a basic understanding of these immigration laws, both for business and personal purposes.
There are different types of visas and permits which foreigners are required to have, depending on the nature of their visit. There are also procedures that one is required to follow in order to obtain them. These procedures are governed by the Immigration Law and the regulations and decrees issued by the Ministry of Interior.
Types of visas:
Multiple Entry Visa.
96-hour Transit Visa.
60 day renewable Visa.
Various permits include:
Residence for Employees Permit.
Residence with Work Permit.
The UAE immigration law is a federal law so all these procedures and immigrations requirements apply to all the emirates. Even though every visa and permit has its own requirements and procedures, there are general conditions all applicants must first satisfy, these include:
Requirements and Procedures
Be a holder of a valid passport, the passport must be valid for at least six months.
Official authorities must have approves of his entry for the purposes sought.
Must have a foreign or local sponsor who is a resident in the UAE.
The applicant must not have been banned from entering UAE or previously deported from UAE.
Applicants whose passports have Israeli stamps on their passport are not allowed entry into UAE.
It is also important to note that the immigration procedures may change from time to time, so before travelling to UAE, be well vast with the prevailing procedures.
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