DECISIONS BY THE CABINET
Reforms to the UAE’s visa and labour insurance laws were announced by the Cabinet on Wednesday.
Chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, the Cabinet approved eight decisions to improve economic competitiveness, increase tourism and retain talented students.
These reforms will affect travel, private sector companies and students seeking employment. So what has changed?
Students dependent on their parents for a visa are now eligible for a twoyear residency visa upon graduation, giving them a chance to find jobs.
The reforms have also eased penalties for those who have overstayed their visa and for anyone who has entered the country illegally.
Such offences would have met with a ban, but now those residents who overstay can choose to leave voluntarily, without a “no entry” stamp on their passport.
A six-month visa will be introduced for job seekers who have overstayed but wish to work.
As for individuals who entered the UAE illegally, they too will be given the opportunity to leave voluntarily with a “no entry” stamp on their passport for two years given that they provide a valid return ticket.