The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that citizens of 13 European Union member states, who hold ordinary passports, will be exempted from the need to acquire pre-entry visas to the UAE. with effect from 22nd March, 2014, in implementation of the decision taken by the UAE Cabinet in this regard. The countries are: Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. As a result of the above decision, citizens of all 28 countries in the EU will be allowed to enter the UAE. without having to previously apply for a visa.
Those wishing to leave UAE or change jobs must have no outstanding penalties.
Expatriates will not be allowed to leave the UAE unless they have paid all their fines in line with new Interior Ministry measures. “Expatriates must not have any unpaid fines or any police cases against them in order to be able to cancel their visa to leave the country or to get a new visa here.
Residents wishing to sponsor family members in Dubai now have to submit their bank statements to the residency department. According to new rules all those who have the low salary or weak profession, applying for a new residency visa for their families must provide a bank statement showing their last three months salary.
Expatriates earning less than Dh20,000 salary will not be able to sponsor their parents on residence visas in the UAE. Before it was Dh10000 or 9000 with accommodation. The new rule requires applicants to provide evidence of either having a minumum salary of Dh20,000 or a monthly pay of Dh19,000 plus a suitable bedroom accommodation.