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Entry visas on temporary suspension – UAE

Bangladesh get temporary suspension

Kipp wonders whether the local government will soon add any other countries to the ‘temporarily suspended’ list...

October 4, 2012 11:15 by

In efforts to stamp down on Bangladeshi nationals carrying fake passports from entering the United Arab Emirates, authorities have said that, until further notice, no Bangladeshi citizens will be granted any type of entry visa. This extreme measure was provoked by thousands of Bangladeshi travelers entering the Gulf country with fake travel documents and forged passports over the last six months.

For those already residing in the country, there is no need to panic, as they will be relatively unaffected neither by this measure nor, according to government sources, will they face a challenge when extending visas or renewing residential permits.

“We are not issuing any new visas to Bangladeshis but we are renewing for those who already have residence visas. Other than that, no one will be issued any new visa of any kind,” said Maj Gen Al Menhali to Gulf News.

Major General Nasser Al Menhali, the Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior wanted to make it crystal clear that this is not a ban nor is it a permanent situation. He did not mention when this ‘temporary suspension’ will be lifted but stated that it would return to normal once several issues are taken into consideration by the Bangladeshi government.

In spite of the Ministry’s claim that current residents in the UAE will be unaffected, according to a report by Gulf News, Kipp learned that a Bangladeshi investor named Mahfuz Qaderi was unable to receive a visa permit for his 14 year old son despite him having valid admission documents from a local school in the UAE.

Kipp wonders whether the local government will soon add any other countries to the ‘temporarily suspended’ list. We also noticed that this suspension comes at an ironic period, coinciding with recent talks between the local government and the Bangladesh Embassy about providing their people with more work in the country.

“Earlier, around 20,000 Bangladeshi were coming to the Emirates each month, but now it has gone down significantly,” said Mohammed Nazmul Quaunine, Bangladesh’s ambassador to The National.

Bangladesh relies heavily on Bangladeshi employees working abroad and remitting money back home to their families so the ambassador admits that the decline of workers in the UAE continues to have a negative effect on their economy as well.

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  1. Sohel on October 4, 2012 5:56 pm

    may I know with regards to family visa for Bangladeshi is it open or closed too !

  2. M. Aldalou on October 4, 2012 10:50 pm

    Hi sohel. If someone is already living in the UAE then they won’t be affected. If it’s an issue of a new visa, family or not, there will be no visas given for the time being.

  3. Tauhidul Islam Tanin on October 4, 2012 11:14 pm

    I got an offer from Abu Dhabi, UAE as Accountant and by the same I worked hard for 10 days and invested money as well to manage, attestation and send my original documents to them in UAE. On the contrary, that company also submitted visa application on my behalf, 1 week ago and till now, no positive result. What will be next? I am really tensed. May Almighty Allah (SWT) help me.

  4. abdul on October 5, 2012 1:05 am

    Have patience something will work out. Its just a temporary step. Hope they resume by next month!!!!

  5. z on October 5, 2012 1:13 am

    Bangladesh is in this mess because of the inefficient and irresponsible MRP contractor IRIS of Malaysia and Dataedge of Bangladesh. Not having systems in place and failing to meet every deadline led to this situation.

  6. md shamim on October 5, 2012 9:53 am

    it is problem our country gov. We hope that this problem solved with discuss our gov. Thank

  7. ahmad on October 6, 2012 11:22 am

    According to a Syrian I was talking to last week, he has made at least three attempts to get visas for people from Syria and he was refused. He has two different trade licenses in Sharjah and Dubai and the papers he submitted for several Syrians were returned with a small Post-it rejection sticker on the passport. “Temporary ban” was what the whispers said.

    But allowing people from Iran and Syria and Egypt will help fill the housing over supply and perhaps some of them will also start businesses and the 50% vacancy levels in commercial space will gradually fill up – unless there is a fear that supporters of the Arab Spring – having experienced the power of street protests – will be less meek than the current residents of the UAE.

  8. Lovely on October 8, 2012 2:15 pm

    I am here last 2 years with my husband visa I have compled BBA from Bangladesh Now I got a job but I cant joint because UAE govt dont issue work permit Now in that situation what will I do plz tell me.

  9. MD.KASHEM on November 11, 2012 12:57 pm

    Please open U.A.E. new visa from bangladeshi passports holders.

  10. MD. SIRAJUL MOIN on November 22, 2012 12:14 pm

    I am a bangladeshi, now i am working in Ajman Free Zone since one & half years. I am looking for a new job in Dubai/ Abu Dhabi. Can you tell me can i join the new. I s there any problem to get a new job.

  11. khaled amir on December 15, 2012 10:38 am

    As i read in news about the banned in issuing of new bangladeshi visa,I am working in a government department and i got a good offer from a private company so is it possible for me to change my visa

  12. RASHED BIN ABDULLAH on January 12, 2013 6:39 pm


  13. sumon on January 15, 2013 3:42 am

    dear sir i want my visa tanesfar in dubai to abu dhabi plz……..

  14. Jakir on January 17, 2013 11:48 pm

    Dear sir,i am working in dubai with 5year,now i want to do change my visa another company but not open our bangladesh visa now i what to do?

  15. Jakir on January 17, 2013 11:57 pm

    Dear sir,please ..please please open for bangladeshis visa

  16. Andrew on January 20, 2013 3:09 pm

    Perhaps I missed the announcement, but I’m starting to think Kipp has become an extension of the immigration department.

  17. M. Aldalou on January 20, 2013 3:15 pm

    You’ve made my day Andrew. My thoughts exactly.


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