Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mission Entry Visa - Dubai

Expatriate doctors, engineers, lawyers and technicians are entitled to obtain the newly introduced Mission Entry Visa, according to an Interior Ministry decision.

Under the decision issued by Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, the visa will be issued to those who come for temporary jobs with the permission of the Labour Ministry.

It is issued for three months for a fee of Dh600 and can be renewed for another three months for an additional fee of Dh1,200, also with the permission of the Labour Ministry.

The decision also entitles these professionals as well as businessmen; company managers, representatives and sales managers; auditors and representatives of companies who visit the country for business to obtain Mission Entry Visas for 14 days.

This visa allows the holder to enter the country once during its validity and to stay for a maximum of 14 days, the decision said.

The 14-day Mission Visa is not renewable and the application for it must be submitted by an authority or company operating in the country at least 48 hours before the arrival of the visitor.

The grace period for the renewal or departure of a visitor on a 90-day visa will be seven days, according to the decision which takes effect immediately.

In all categories qualified for the visa, visitors may bring their wives and children.
The issuance of Mission Entry visas is restricted to establishments operating in the oil industry and any other establishment or sector specified by a decision of the Minister of Labour.

But Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour, said the facilities will also be granted to other projects soon.

Workers brought in must be provided health care and paid sick leave by the company.