UAE – Government Offices to Close during Upcoming Holidays

Posted on November 9, 2015

In observance of national holidays, government offices in the United Arab Emirates will close during December 1st-5th and they will reopen on December 6th. Martyrs’ Day honors the country’s veterans and is celebrated on December 1st. The UAE also celebrates… Read more »


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – EU Nationals Now Eligible for 90-day Visas-On-Arrival

Posted on August 14, 2015

In May of this year, the United Arab Emirates and the European Union signed a visa-free travel agreement that has now made 90-day visas-on-arrival available to EU nationals traveling to UAE. Ireland and the United Kingdom did not sign this… Read more »


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Implementation of “Zero Overstay Policy”

Posted on February 20, 2015

The UAE government has implemented a “zero overstay policy” in order to ensure compliance from foreign nationals on visa policies. Effectively immediately, for every overstayed day, foreign nationals will be fined AED 200 (about $54 USD) at the airport upon… Read more »


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dubai Free Zones Revert Back to Physical Visas

Posted on November 6, 2014

After experiencing issues coordinating Dubai’s new electronic entry visa system with the Dubai Airport, all of the Free Zones have since reverted back to the previous process of physically issuing visas. All visas and employment permits are affected by this… Read more »


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Government Offices to Close for Holiday

Posted on September 19, 2014

In observance of the national holiday Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of the Sacrifice,” government offices will close for five days in early October. Although exact dates cannot be confirmed until the lunar moon is observed on September 24th or 25th,… Read more »


UAE – Immigration Reform Law Means Significant Changes

Posted on September 4, 2014

The immigration reform signed into law by the UAE Minister of the Interior will restructure the country’s short-term visa programs and also includes changes to processing fees. New Short-Term Visas Following the reform’s implementation, the UAE will offer three types… Read more »


UAE – Dubai Makes Switch to Online Application System

Posted on May 19, 2014

Effective immediately, any new and renewal Employment Entry and Residence Permit applications from companies with five or more employees must be filed online using Dubai Immigration’s eDNRD e-services platform. This change only affects companies that are doing business on the… Read more »


UAE – Updated Foreign Employee Data Requested from TECOM Free Trade Zone

Posted on May 12, 2014

All companies that operate in the Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media (TECOM) free trade zone must confirm that TECOM has an updated list of all sponsored foreign employees’ names and salaries. These companies have until June 10th, 2014 to… Read more »


UAE – Mandatory Online Filing for Employment Entry and Residence Permit Applications in Dubai

Posted on May 12, 2014

Any new and renewal Employment Entry and Residence Permit applications from companies with five or more employees will have to be filed online using Dubai Immigration’s eDNRD e-services platform, as paper applications will no longer be accepted at Dubai Immigration…. Read more »


UAE – Visa on Arrival Extended to Thirteen More EU Countries

Posted on March 10, 2014

Effective March 22, 2014, citizens of thirteen more European Union (EU) Member States will be granted visas on arrival in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the addition of Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus,… Read more »