2017 Visa Overstay Rules Regulations | Visa on Arrival | Fines
UAE has been very generous over the years allowing 51 Nationalities to obtain a visa on arrival at any of the ports and borders in the UAE. Over the years many expats have abused the visa on arrival facility and have opted to do border run’s rather than obtain a residency visa and be sponsored through the proper routes. Expats have also had the privilege of staying on a visa overstay status until they found employment.
Until recently, the Department of Naturalization and Residency have changed the regulations meaning that if you have a visa on arrival status you can no longer enter in and out of the country 3 consecutive times. This includes Airport to Airport round trips.
The regulations also highlight that if you have entered in the UAE and have a visa on arrival status and you happen to overstay, you will not be able to apply for a visa while you are in the country and complete the status adjustment procedures, you will be required to exit the country and re-enter on your new employment visa.
This rule is also applicable for individuals who have entered the country on a tourist visa and have overstayed, they will no longer be able to apply for an employment visa in the country and complete the status adjustment procedures.
The 2017 Visa Overstay Rules and Regulations are definitely in full effect.
What is a status adjustment for those who are unaware of the terminology?
It’s when Immigration has to change your status in the immigration system from a ‘tourist’ or a ‘visitor with a visa on arrival’ to an employee of the sponsoring company. Status Adjustments are required to stop any penalties from accruing on the initial visa.
What are the Nationalities eligible for Visa on Arrival?
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- India (limited)
- Ireland, Republic of
- Netherlands (NL)
- New Zealand (NZ)
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom (UK)
- United States (USA)
- Vatican City