Amendments for the rules in visa fee and fines will be effective starting August 1 as a result of a Cabinet decision.
The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Ministry of Interior announced that their procedural and services preparation were done to guarantee adaptable execution of the new visa and fees system across the residency, naturalization, and ports affairs sector.
According to the report, the issuance of the new set of entry permits and visas will be introduced like multiple entry permits for visit or work; entry permits for medical care and attending conferences and the launching of study visas.
As per the decision inked by the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, a refundable deposit costing Dh5,000 will be required for cancelling a sponsor’s residence visa not including or not affecting the visas of the sponsored family members. The deposit will be refunded once the sponsor adjusts their status. For the humanitarian cases determined by the Minister of the Interior, a Dh5,000 refundable deposit will be collected and a collection of Dh3,000 redeemable deposit for sponsorship of each family member for a female investor.
A fund will be arranged for the expulsion of violators of the residency rules. The capital for the fund will come from cash deposits after applicants fell short or did not succeed to honor their obligations under the law. A Dh100 fine will be levied on users of residency department portals who did not fill in applications correctly. Individual applicants who fail to honor any affirmation or affidavit will be fined Dh500, while Dh2,000 will be charged for corporate applicants. Companies that fail to change the legal status of their sponsored workers on a specified time will be fined Dh1,000 for each worker, while failure to inform or report any change in the company’s details to the ministry will cost Dh1,000.
Those who mishandled the residency system or handed out false reports to the residency departments all over the country will be obliged to pay Dh5,000. Fines will be doubled up to Dh50,000 for those who will repeat or make multiple offense within a year.