The UAE has started implementing a new visa fees system from August 1, after it was endorsed by the federal cabinet, local dailies reported.
Visa fees have been hiked for certain types of visas, while new multiple entry visas have now been introduced for students, medical tourists and business visitors.
The move comes in response to “community members’ needs”, a Ministry of Interior spokesperson earlier said. The approved amendments take into account the quality and development of services and support “various aspects of economic, touristic and social activities.”
The complete structure of the new visa fees system is expected to be posted on the website of the interior ministry within the next few days.
Companies that do not change the legal status of their sponsored workers on time will be fined Dhs1,000 for each worker, Gulf News reported.
The government will also impose a Dhs5,000 fine on those who misuse the residency system or submit bogus reports, and repeat violators within a year will have their fines doubled, the report added.
Here are some of the new visa fees:
• Employment visa (public sector): Dhs200
• Employment visa (private sector, freezones, investors): Dhs250
• Residence visa for family members of expatriates (public sector): Dhs200
• Residence visa for family members of expatriates (private sector, freezones, investors): Dhs250
• Residence visa for family members of an expatriate worker sponsored by a national: Dhs150
• Residence visa for domestic helpers (working for Emiratis, GCC nationals): Dhs150
• Residence visa for domestic workers (working for expatriate residents): Dhs200
• Residence visa for real estate owners: Dhs1,100
• Transit visa: Dhs100
• Multiple entry work visa: Dhs2,100
• Study or training visa: Dhs550
• Medical treatment visa: Dhs550
• Multiple entry visa for medical treatment: Dhs1,400
• Visa for patient’s escort: Dhs1,400