No more 6-month visa for job­seek­ers, of­fi­cials clar­ify

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Sh­er­ouk Zakaria sh­er­[email protected]­j­times.com

dubai — The six-month job­seeker visa scheme, which was rolled out for the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the UAE amnesty pro­gramme, ended on De­cem­ber 31, of­fi­cials have clar­i­fied.

Both Amer and Gen­eral Direc­torate of Res­i­dency and For­eign­ers Af­fairs (GDRFA) cen­tres have re­cently been flooded with en­quiries and calls about the six-month tem­po­rary visa scheme for un­em­ployed res­i­dents.

Of­fi­cials have clar­i­fied that the scheme ended to­gether with the amnesty pro­gramme on De­cem­ber 31. There has been no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment yet about the new tem­po­rary visa for un­em­ployed res­i­dents.

The amnesty pro­gramme, which was ex­tended twice be­fore fi­nally end­ing on De­cem­ber 31, al­lowed vi­o­la­tors to mod­ify their res­i­dency sta­tus by get­ting a new spon­sored visa or ap­ply­ing for a six-month tem­po­rary em­ploy­ment visa.

Speak­ing to Khaleej Times, an of­fi­cial at a branch of Amer cen­tre in Dubai said the six-month visa was avail­able only to those who qual­i­fied for the amnesty.

“Only those who com­mit­ted visa vi­o­la­tions be­fore Au­gust 1 were granted that op­tion. The visa scheme nei­ther in­cludes visa vi­o­la­tors after the men­tioned date nor un­em­ployed res­i­dents seek­ing a new job.”

An­other Amer cen­tre of­fi­cial also noted that the scheme is no longer im­ple­mented after the amnesty. “It was ap­pli­ca­ble only dur­ing the amnesty pe­riod for res­i­dency vi­o­la­tors.”

How­ever, a new six-month visa, an­nounced in June 2018 by the UAE Cab­i­net as part of a leg­isla­tive pack­age of visa poli­cies, will soon be ex­tended to job­seek­ers who over­stayed their visa but wished to work in the coun­try.

The new visa scheme that will al­low un­em­ployed res­i­dents to stay in the coun­try to look for a job, how­ever, has not yet been im­ple­mented by the au­thor­i­ties. — KT File

Only those who com­mit­ted visa vi­o­la­tions be­fore Au­gust 1 were granted the op­tion. The visa scheme doesn’t in­clude un­em­ployed res­i­dents seek­ing a new job.”

Amer cen­tre of­fi­cial

It was ap­pli­ca­ble only dur­ing the amnesty pe­riod for res­i­dency vi­o­la­tors.”

Amer cen­tre of­fi­cial

An Amer staff mem­ber as­sists an ap­pli­cant in dubai. cen­tres have re­cently been flooded with en­quiries on the job­seeker visa scheme, which ended with the amnesty on de­cem­ber 31.

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