Changing job? No need to cancel family's visas

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Changing job? No need to cancel familys visas

People switching jobs in the country need not cancel the residence visas of their families and the persons sponsored by them when they cancel their own old visas, according to a senior immigration official.

By Adel Arafa

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Published: Wed 26 May 2010, 12:19 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:46 PM

However, they have to deposit a bank guarantee of Dh5,000 for each family member with the Department of Naturalisation and Residency (NRD).

“The employee or resident must apply to the NRD (before the cancellation procedure) for not cancelling the visas of members of his family or those under his sponsorship. He should attach the Dh5,000 bank guarantee, the new employment permit issued by the Ministry of Labour to the new sponsor, and the job offer letter from the new employer,” Major-General Nasser Al Menhali, Acting Interior Ministry Undersecretary for Naturalisation, Residency and Exit Affairs, told Khaleej Times.

The applicant can get the bank guarantee refunded once he obtains the new residency permit. The residence visas of his family members and sponsored ones will be automatically transferred to him without paying any new fees.

He said the latest arrangement follows the instructions of Lt-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, with a view to streamlining procedures for expatriate residents without adding to their financial burdens. The Ministry found that many residents cancelled residence visas of their families and sent them home when they cancelled their own visas even though they have applied for new job visas. The clarification followed a case that came up during the Ministry of Labour’s Open Day session on Monday. An expatriate resident, who got a new job, brought his two wives to the session and told officials he is forced to cancel the visa of his second wife who is in the last stages of pregnancy.

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