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Everything you need to know about the UAE’s new visa and foreign workers plans



The UAE cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced a number of new visa regulations including the introduction of a six-month visa for job seekers.

Other key initiatives also include the decision to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours in the country (for a fee of AED50, it can extended to 96 hours).

The cabinet also signed an agreement allowing visitors who have overstayed their visa to voluntarily leave the country without a “no entry” passport stamp.
A new six month visa will be introduced for job seekers who have overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. The temporary visa aims to enhance the UAE’s position as a land of opportunities and a destination for talents and professionals.

The cabinet also agreed on a new insurance plan for workers. Previously, a mandatory deposit of AED3,000 was required per person, it now just AED60 per person. The new insurance policy will cover the workers’ entitlements in terms of end of service benefits, vacation allowance, overtime allowance, unpaid wages, return tickets and cases of work injury. The insurance coverage will amount to AED20,000. The new system aims to achieve a wider coverage of the rights and entitlements for workers.

The cabinet also approved a new legislative package that allows to “talented and outstanding” students to extend their residency by two years, allowing them to finish their studies.

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