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Policy Changes Adopted by UAE Cabinet


Chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE Cabinet has adopted several sweeping reforms namely concerning foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector and visa facilitations.  
The Cabinet introduced a new insurance scheme for foreign workers in the private sector. Previously, it was mandatorily for employers to deposit a guarantee requirement of AED 3,000/- per employee. The new reform introduces a new comprehensive worker insurance scheme of AED 60/- per worker only, granting an insurance coverage up to AED 20,000/- that would include work injuries, remuneration for extra hours, plane ticket, vacation allowance and end-of-service benefits.
The Cabinet also introduced facilitation reforms for residents, visitors and/or people overstaying their visa in the UAE which includes - and is not limited to - a chance to voluntarily depart without a “No Entry” passport stamp.
Further, the Cabinet passed a decision allowing the adjustment of visa status(es) in the UAE without having to leave and re-enter the country and the possibility to stay in the country for up to six (6) consecutive months.
In addition to all above, the Cabinet has also approved a decision to exempt passengers in transit from all entry fee(s) for the first forty-eight (48) hours which can be extended up to ninety-six (96) hour(s) for a fee of AED 50/-. Further, the process of obtaining a transit visa is anticipated to be facilitated by the formation of express counter(s) across airports in the UAE.
Source: Dubai Media Office
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