Couples seek clarification over TB law change
Expats living in the UAE have opened their hearts about the ordeal of having to live apart from loved ones who have been denied entry to the country because of the laws on tuberculosis ( TB).
Following an article in 7DAYS in September on changes to the law that previously banned people from entering the UAE if they suffered from TB in the past, people affected came forward with their experiences.
7DAYS was inundated with letters and comments from readers who were desperately seeking clarification on the law.
One Indian expat, Shyam Vipin, 34, said that his wife was wrongly diagnosed and she suffers from a different kind of scar than the type associated with TB. By Nawal Al Ramahi
He said that he tried to explain his wife's medical situation to authorities and showed them medical reports to prove it. However, he said no one was able to tell him what the exact procedures are.
Vipin, 34, said: “I've been fighting the same battle for over two years since my wife was wrongly diagnosed with TB and told to exit the country – thus taking the happiness out of our lives.” The Indian national said that his wife, 30, did a medical test for her visa application in November 2014. Vipin, who works in the advertising industry as a creative director, said: “The medical examination found a scar. It showed multiple centrilobular tiny nodules with fibrosis in left upper lobe. “Hence based on these investigations, she has been certified as not suffering from past and present TB. “My wife was banned for life in 2014 as she suffers from a scar and we did all the examinations required to prove that she doesn’t suffer from TB. Medical examinations in Dubai and India cost me at least Dhs40,000.” Vipin added: “When I heard about the current policy on TB it gave me hope and was like a small light at the end of tunnel. “I am married to my wife for seven years and I’m doing whatever I can to bring her to the UAE.” Arslan Khalid, 29, who works as an agent contact director, said: “My wife, 26, was sent to Pakistan because she suffers from TB. I have visited the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH). “The DHA accepted my document and sent me to a medical centre in Mirdif. The DHA asks for a passport copy belonging to the UAE resident, a certificate to determine one’s relationship with the deported person and a passport copy of the banned person. Thankfully, the DHA told me that I will receive approval to get my wife back in the country.”