It was already a minefield, at least for processing, but now Dubai Immigration and Nationality has compiled a list of several categories to include all types of travelers. The reason is that the “visitor visa”, which was granted upon entry into some countries or purchased using the ticket from other countries, for example, the Philippines, has been abused. People would enter on a visitor visa, and after 30 days, they entered what is called the current visa. It’s the practice of leaving the country to come back on a new 30-day visitor visa … and it continues.
This will then run up against the employment ban, which is a very touching subject. The law still states that if someone leaves their workplace in the first year, they will be responsible for an immediate 6 month work ban. This relates only to employment and is distinct from the immigration ban, which lasts for one year and is usually pronounced for crimes of a serious nature such as theft or other crimes punishable by law.
To take advantage of the 6-month work ban, many workers will continue to work on the “ ban ”, leaving the country twice, until the ban ends, then they can go to the sponsorship of the new employer.
At this point, it’s safe to say that most administrative roles don’t trigger a ban if the employee leaves, and there are many large companies that don’t ban employees at any level. It’s refreshing, as some companies are abusing the base and threatening to ban people if they quit or ask for a raise/salary.
The contract explains the role and the most common for low-paid employees, the duration of the contract. If the employee violates this contract at any time, he is responsible for the ban.
CNO (No Objection Certificate)
The certificate of no objection is what is needed to transfer “safely” from one job to another. If you choose to leave a company during the term of the contract and your employer is happy to let you go, they still need to submit an LWOP. It is actually a short message stating the employee’s name, passport number, company contact details, or employer contact details (if working for an individual) and clearly communicates their agreement to allow the employee to relocate without being banned to the next employer. The employee was reportedly granted “release”. This message appears during the visa process, and as long as a no-objection certificate is obtained, there is no applicable prohibition.
The visa process
The visa process can be tedious, so the task is done by a “PRO” or company public relations officer (but not in the advertising sense or marketing role). If a person applies for a visa for a housekeeper, driver, etc., there are “incorporation” companies that will do this for a fee. Very brave people can go to immigration on their own, but it can be a very long and arduous process as you move from one office to another; To get a signature, pay a deposit, get a translation or wait for a stamp. Sincerely recommend using a startup, which uses its usual contacts to migrate, while you have a coffee!
It is also necessary that a person with a processing visa be forced to leave the country to switch from visitor visa status to work visa status. Previously this (some nationalities) could have been canceled if you had paid a fee. In the past, it was not necessary to return to your home country, but stricter laws are now reintroducing it. At the time of this writing, it is still unclear whether all nationalities need to travel to their home country i.e. UK citizens, the EU, and Americans. In either case, in order to process the visa, it is necessary to leave Dubai back and then come back to your new situation. This is called “visa activation”. You travel (often) to Qatar (around 45 minutes), enter the airport terminal, do not go through immigration but go through transit, enter the departure hall and come back directly in the same plane that you left. It was also possible to drive to Hatta (another emirate in the United Arab Emirates) and stamp your passport there – although the point behind that is that you have to drive your car to the Omani border, but it doesn’t seem always be taxed.
This is a prerequisite for having and passing a medical examination before your visa is finally processed. This involves a blood test and a chest x-ray. If you are HIV positive or have hepatitis C, you will be immediately refused and deported. This is under discussion, but so far (September 2008) the rule remains. It is also imperative to have valid medical insurance to enter the country, even with a tourist visa.
Visa requirements to enter Dubai vary widely between different nationalities and it is always advisable to check the regulations before traveling. Currently, any nationality entering UAE needs a visa except citizens of GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia), GCC expatriate residents (some nationalities and professions), and UK citizens entitled to reside in the UK. The following EU citizens also receive visas on arrival from nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Vatican.
In addition, nationals of Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea in Asia, as well as those of the United States of America and Canada now receive visas upon arrival.
GCC nationals can stay more or less as long as they wish. UK citizens can stay for one month and then apply for a visa for another two months. European, American, South African, and Australian citizens can obtain a visit visa from the UAE embassy in their respective countries prior to departure. Please note that Israelis and travelers whose passports bear Israeli stamps will be refused visas.
For all other nationalities, a visa must be applied for before the visitor enters the country, either through their respective embassy, a local UAE sponsor, or a local hotel.
This visa is issued by tourist companies and is valid for 30 days. You cannot renew or extend it. If the visa holder of the tourist visa stays more than 30 days, that person has to pay a fine per day plus some fee is for a pass.
The visa is issued by the Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department. It is stamped for 30 days validity, but it is valid for 60 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days by paying a certain amount. The extension must be done before the 60th day. If the visitor stays longer than 60 days or more than 90 days (after the extension), they will have to pay a fine per day plus a fee for a pass.
Some passport holders can enter the UAE without obtaining a visit visa prior to arrival and stay there for up to 30 days.