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New Mission Visa Dubai

Postby shawarma » 04 Dec 2007, 11:24

New Mission Visa. It looks different from the old Mission Visa in that it's 6 months and anyone can apply. Not implemented yet if I understand this news correctly. Anyone know any more? See also Dubai visas.

From Emirates Today 28 Sep 2007.

New six-month visa will ease staff shortages

Officials plan to press ahead with the introduction of the first new visa in more than 20 years to help companies fill a large number of short-term vacancies.

More than 200,000 illegal workers have left the UAE under a recent amnesty – but this has left some sectors with staff shortages.

To offset the problem, the Ministry of Labour is planning to introduce a so-called mission visa, which will allow people to live and work in the UAE for up to six months.

Under the proposals, the mission visa would be open to all businesses for any type of employee.

The ministry first floated the idea of a short-term work visa in March, but at that time there was little interest from the business community because staff shortages were then not a problem.

“It was easier and cheaper for employers to offer jobs to visit visa holders who came to the UAE to find work, Ahmad Kajoor,” the assistant undersecretary of the Ministry for Planning and Manpower Affairs, told Emirates Today.

He said the revised visa will be open to all companies, regardless of size.

He said businesses will be classified in two categories – companies that need temporary staff in limited numbers, such as schools, clinics, hos pitals and tourist operators, and those that require temporary staff in large numbers.

However, in each individual application, the ministry will evaluate the actual need for short-term staff, he said.

Mission visas will no longer bind businesses and their employees into a long-term contract as the typical threeyear work permit does, he said yesterday.

“It will help employers to assess the efficiency and competency of the employees.

It will also give employees the opportunity to study the work environment during the six-month period,” he said. Kajoor said he expected employers needing temporary staff would opt for mission work permits rather than risk offering jobs to visit visa holders and paying heavy penalties.

“Now, employers would not risk employing illegal workers and the heavy fines, imprisonment terms and potential business closure that comes with the illegal practice.

“Companies that hire visit visa holders can be fined as much as Dh50,000 per employee,” he said.

Ashok Pillai, general manager at Fast Track Recruitment in Dubai, gave the plans a cautious welcome.

He said: “The Labour Ministry already announced plans for a six-month employment visas, but there were not many takers as the fees of the mission work permit is Dh1,200, whereas it is Dh100 to obtain a visit visa and Dh500 for a three-month extension.

“Pillai said changes in the rules might make the new visa more attractive.

He said: “Although, the present rules do not allow employees to change from a visit to an employment visa, but mission work permits may be transferable to employment visas. And, government revenue will go up,” he said.

“Qatar has already started issuing six-month employment visas and it is proving to be successful there.” Siddiq Suleiman, manager of a contracting company in Jebel Ali, said he believed the ministry was close to reaching a decision.

“I went to the Ministry of Labour to inquire about applying for new visas. Officials there told me to wait because they are planning to introduce mission visas soon.

“Many companies are facing a shortage of staff, especially skilled workers, and mission visas would be a great help,” he said.

The site manager of a leading construction firm said the new category would be welcomed by desperate employers. “Skilled labour shortages are hurting the entire construction industry in the UAE,” he said.
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Re: Mission Visa Dubai

Postby broshkan » 06 Nov 2008, 14:45

i would like to know, during the 6 month auto ban time. i can get mission visa or not. pl reply with proof
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Mission Visa ban period

Postby shawarma » 27 May 2009, 14:35

Hello broshkan and welcome to the Dubai forums.

Sorry, I missed this but no, I don't think you can obtain a mission visa during the ban period.
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Re: New Mission Visa Dubai

Postby moonrathna » 19 Jul 2016, 13:34


We have 4 mission visa quota,

I would like to bring employee in mission after 3 or 6 months I can transfer his visa to employments by keeping him inside UAE or should I exit him,

What are the clear charges for the same? Medical to be done again?

Shed some lights on this doubt,

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Work and visit visa status change in UAE

Postby shawarma » 11 Oct 2016, 16:10

moonrathna wrote:I would like to bring employee in mission after 3 or 6 months I can transfer his visa to employments by keeping him inside UAE or should I exit him,

This topic about mission visas is very old (started in 2007) so the information here is probably not up to date.

If visa transfer (or status change) is done inside the UAE there is an additional fee of AED 500 or more. For exit and re-entry that fee doesn't apply, but then you need to pay for a visa flight to a nearby country.

Until end of 2015 the rule was that changing from tourist visa to employment visa required exit from the UAE, but from a visit visa you could pay the fee to do a status change in the UAE. I don't know what the rule was for mission visa.

From the beginning of 2016, apparently the requirement to exit the UAE for status change no longer applied for tourist visas (or any other type of entry permit), but the wording in various reports about that was confusing so I suggest you contact Dubai immigration to get the most recent and reliable information. They are usually helpful if you can get through on their phone line. Don't rely on government websites (or other websites) having up to date information, phone the immigration department. And phone the Dubai office, even if you are in a different emirate.

They can also tell you the fees and if you need to do the medical again.
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