Entry visas on temporary suspension – UAE
Kipp wonders whether the local government will soon add any other countries to the ‘temporarily suspended’ list...
October 4, 2012 11:15 by M. Aldalou
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.