Issues with issuing Visas
It’s not just the Canadians with issues: Moving the goalposts for visa entry to the UAE is not in anybody’s interest, least of all the country.
November 11, 2010 5:23 by Eva Fernandes
So now we have the new visa demands. For their part, Canadian residents have expressed their distress at the news to the local media. One such Canadian residency holder complained to Emirates 24-7: “…Family bonds are maintained by people like me with frequent visits to each other…my family members, who already have Canadian passports, can come and visit me any time in Sharjah as they could get a visa on arrival. But now things have changed… My son has decided to work during the Christmas break and was planning to take his leave in January to come and visit me. He can still do that. But now (there is)… spending time and money and hassle that earlier was not required.”
Kipp has to make a point here. Money and hassle? Forgive us if we don’t have too much sympathy – the trouble of bureaucracy in the UAE is not particular to Canadians alone.
But that aside, Kipp doesn’t think very highly of the UAE’s strategy to problem-solve in the democratic arena: let’s just hit back by revoking their visas.
The UAE is acquiring a bit of a contentious track record with its dealings with visas. This year Gulf News reports of the sudden change in the issuance and renewal of investors visas: what happened to them, you ask? They are obsolete. What this means is people who did buy property in the UAE with the express ambition of securing their future by in the country are left standing with their mouths hanging open, with no official reasons given to them. Consider the case of Dr. Horst Hoeller, a retired Austrian, who bought his three-bedroom flat in Jumeirah Beach Residence in 2003 and just found out this October that his investor’s visa is no longer valid.
It’s not front page news, we know. But this is spur of the moment in visa regulation. These almost knee-jerk reactions do little for the UAE’s reputation abroad nor its appeal for visitors and workers.
Maintaining its image as the business hub in the Middle East not to mention a popular tourism destination requires a certain amount of stability that is betrayed by impromptu tantrums as with Canada, or moving the goalposts for wealthy investors.
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