Thursday, 24 November 2011

Visas in the UAE

There are several different types of visa available. The most commonly used are Visit visas, tourist visas and residency visas for ex-pats.
Visit Visa: Visit visas valid for 30 days will cost Dh500. This cannot be renewed. A person wishing to stay for an extended period must obtain a visit visa valid for 90 days that costs Dh1,000.
Citizens of the certain countries (listed in the next paragraph) can get a 30-day visit visa free of charge upon arrival, entitling them to stay for 60 days: Britain, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
After this period a visitor can extend the visit visa by a further two months by leaving the country and returning. This can be done twice. When the third visit visa expires the person must leave the UAE for at least a month before returning.
For residents of other countries, the visa must be sponsored by an individual, such as a relative, or an establishment. The application is submitted by the sponsor with all required documents.
Tourist Visa: It is available for tourists sponsored by tour operating companies and hotels. It is issued for 30 days for a fee of Dh100 and an additional Dh10 for delivery. This may be renewed only once.
Student Visit Visa: Will cost Dh1,000. To obtain this, a person must be registered in one of the universities in the UAE and must obtain health insurance. Additionally, a refundable deposit of Dh1000 must be paid.
Special Mission Entry Visa: This is issued for a non-renewable 14 days for a fee of Dh100. Commonly known as a transit visa, it is collected by the visitor upon arrival. It is issued to businessmen and tourists sponsored by a company or commercial establishment or a hotel licensed to operate in the UAE.
Mission Visa: The newly added type of visa, it is issued for the purpose of temporary work in the country. It is issued for a maximum of 180 days. It costs Dh200.
It has been introduced to facilitate Labour Ministry's Temporary Work Permit. An applicant must obtain the permit from the Labour Ministry first to get the visa.
Transit Visa: It is issued to travellers transiting through UAE airports. It issued for 96 hours and must be sponsored by an airline operating in the UAE. The visitor must have a valid ticket for onward flight. There is a charge of Dh100.
Multiple Entry Visa: It is an option for businessmen who are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with a reputable company here.
This multiple visa is valid for six months from the date of issue and costs Dh1,000. However, each visit must not exceed 30 days. The visitor must enter the UAE on a visit visa and obtain the multiple entry visa while he is here.
Residence Visa: A residence visa is required for those who intend to enter the UAE to live indefinitely with a person who is already a resident. It is issued to the immediate kin of a resident for three years for a fee of Dh300.
The residence permit becomes invalid if the resident remains more than six months at a time out of the country.
Parents of residents are issued residence visas after special approval with a renewable validity of one year for a fee of Dh100 for each year. A refundable deposit of Dh5,000 has to be paid for each parent.
Investor Visa: It is issued to an expatriate investor in partnership with a local. The foreign investor must hold a minimum stake of Dh70,000 in the share capital. Like the residence visa, it is issued for three years for a fee of Dh300.
Employment Visa: Employment Visa or Permit is issued by the Immigration Department to a foreign national who wishes to work for a company in the UAE upon the approval of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
It allows the holder to enter the UAE once for a period of 30 days and is valid for two months from the date of issue.
When the employee has entered the country on the basis of the employment visa, the sponsoring company will arrange to complete the formalities of stamping his residence.
Visit visa for medical purposes: Those wishing to undergo treatment must take visit visa for treatment purpose that costs Dh1,000 for 90 day duration. This can be renewed for a similar period at Dh500.
Visit visa for events: Those visiting to attend conferences or exhibitions can obtain a visa for this purpose at Dh100.
A Dh1,000 refundable deposit and proof of health insurance will be mandatory for all visas. Documents required include passport copies, photographs of the visitor and the data of the visitor, including address in home country.
Quick list: Types of visas and fees
Short Entry (visit) Visa: 500 (1 month)
Long Entry (visit) Visa: 1,000 (3 months)
Multiple Entry Visa: 2,000
Entry Visa for Study: 1,000
Renewal of Study Visa: 500
Entry Visa for Medical Treatment: 1,000
Renewal of Medical Treatment Visa: 500
Entry Visa for Expos and Conferences: 100
Tourism Entry Visa: 100
Renewal of Tourism Visa: 500
Entry Visa for GCC State Residents: 100
Renewal of GCC State Resident's Visa: 500
Entry Visa for GCC State Resident's Companions: 100
Renewal of GCC State Residents Companions'Visa: 200
Mission Entry Visa: 200
Transit Entry Visa: 100

Regulations in the UAE are complicated and subject to change. Check with your local UAE Embassy or write to me.

Vithul V Murali 
Al Zaeim Corporate Services 
Dubai Mobile : +971 50 55 73 538
Skype : Vithul.murali

Courtesy : Gulfnews

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Is it possible to appoint more than one manager in the company? Is it a must that the manager should be one of the partners?

We are setting up a Limited Liability Company (LLC) company and we have some queries in this regard: A) Is it possible to appoint more than one manager in the company? B) Is it a must that the manager should one of the partners? C) Is it possible to determine a certain period for the employment of such manager? If no period has been determined, what is the legal period for the manager’s employment in this event? D) Is 51 per cent for the local sponsor a must even if he is not the real partner?
Article No.235 of the Commercial Companies Law states the following: A limited liability company shall be managed by one manager or more [who] shall be selected from the partners or otherwise, provided that they shall not exceed five. Managers shall be appointed in the Memorandum of Association the company or in a separate contract for specific period or without limitation. Article No. 236 of the same law states that if a manager is appointed in a Memorandum of Association without limitation of a specific period, in such an event, such manager shall remain in the company for the duration of the company unless the Memorandum of Association provides for the possibility to remove the same. Finally, the requirement of 51 per cent of the company shares for the local sponsor is a must as per the law. Finally, after attesting the memorandum, I advise the questioner to sign a side agreement mentioning that the local sponsor is not the real partner.

Vithul V Murali 
Al Zaeim Corporate Services 
Dubai Mobile : +971 50 55 73 538
Skype : Vithul.murali

courtesy : Gulfnews

Sunday, 20 November 2011

ID card must for traffic, licensing transactions

ABU DHABI — The Emirates Identity Card is being made mandatory for all transactions at the traffic and licensing departments across the various emirates from the beginning of the month, said Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Ghaith, Director-General for Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior.

“Traffic, Patrols, Motor Vehicles Registration and Driving Licences departments nationwide implement and enforce the mandatory use and producing of ID rule in finalising and completion of the traffic and licensing dealings they provide to the applicants,” he said.
He also added that the receipt on registration, which proves that the applicant has filled in the ID application form online, will also be considered when having transactions.
The decision came on the basis of the fact that ID is an official document to prove the identity of its holder, and that the persons, who have not obtained the ID, should apply for it to have their traffic transactions finalised. He underlined the importance of having the ID to get transactions completed along with maintaining the standards of accuracy and authenticity.
Brigadier Zaabi urged those who have not yet obtained the ID to speed up doing so, as the traffic and licensing departments will not accept and receive any applications without the ID or the registration receipt for obtaining the ID.

Vithul V Murali 
Al Zaeim Corporate Services 
Dubai Mobile : +971 50 55 73 538
Skype : Vithul.murali

courtesy : Khaleejtimes