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Old Apr 14th 2008, 9:13 am
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Hi,

Anyone heard of a limit applied to visit visas. I remember there was talk that you couldn't have 2 in a row and a friend told me yesterday that they said at the Al Ain border post that because he had 4 previous visit visas he couldn't get another one in the future.

Anyone any experience of this beyond what is rumours and hearsay ??
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Old Apr 14th 2008, 9:26 am
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Hi,

Anyone heard of a limit applied to visit visas. I remember there was talk that you couldn't have 2 in a row and a friend told me yesterday that they said at the Al Ain border post that because he had 4 previous visit visas he couldn't get another one in the future.

Anyone any experience of this beyond what is rumours and hearsay ??
http://www.gulfnews.com/uaessentials.../10067130.html

There is a lot of talk on the visit visa front.
Laws have apparently been brought in since that article was issued to further restrict the amount of visit visas a person can be issued consecutively (I believe it is 2 now), but I could not find anything on a quick search.

Since the workers amnesty, there is a general policy of forcing workers here onto official work visas, rather than turning a blind eye to visit visa status.

How much of it is being enforced is anyones guess, as I am sure many people will have wildly differing accounts.
The best bet would be to go with the law, then you have no problem.
When you get a job, ensure your employer will issue you with a resident visa.
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Old Apr 14th 2008, 10:27 am
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Hi,

Anyone heard of a limit applied to visit visas. I remember there was talk that you couldn't have 2 in a row and a friend told me yesterday that they said at the Al Ain border post that because he had 4 previous visit visas he couldn't get another one in the future.

Anyone any experience of this beyond what is rumours and hearsay ??
Ive renewed mine 4 times since July.
1) a UK trip for 3wks
2) a 1month extension don e @ embassy here.
3) a Oman border quick turnaround trip and
4) a uk trip for 10 days

I am still here but visa up end of month??
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Ive renewed mine 4 times since July.
1) a UK trip for 3wks
2) a 1month extension don e @ embassy here.
3) a Oman border quick turnaround trip and
4) a uk trip for 10 days

I am still here but visa up end of month??
lets hope you aren't packing for a long british summer...
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lets hope you aren't packing for a long british summer...
What you mean 3 months in the cool uk summertime
being waited on hand and foot by my mummy.
No Jun/Jul/Aug swellting desert heat
Out on the town everyweekend with my chums from home.
No housework......Hmmmmmmmmm!!
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Originally Posted by twinkle-star View Post
What you mean 3 months in the cool uk summertime
being waited on hand and foot by my mummy.
No Jun/Jul/Aug swellting desert heat
Out on the town everyweekend with my chums from home.
No housework......Hmmmmmmmmm!!
I guess the two times is the actual law and its just not enforced as it should be. and the Al Ain border post, well who knows what happens there, who does a visa run there anyway???
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Default Re: "limit" on visit visas

The limit is 2 months but its not enforced, if you stay longer without rebewing you pay a fine on exit of AED100 per day. It can be extended for up to a month for AED500.

However, easy to just nip to the border and pay AED200 to go in and out of Oman, that's if you go by car.

There doesn't seem to be any restriction on the number of times you can come in and out, we have guys who visit every couple of weeks from the uk and must have come in and out 20 times a year without any bother.
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I understand that it is yet another ones of those issues that depends on your nationality...
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Default Re: "limit" on visit visas

Originally Posted by Spike80 View Post
Hi,

Anyone heard of a limit applied to visit visas. I remember there was talk that you couldn't have 2 in a row and a friend told me yesterday that they said at the Al Ain border post that because he had 4 previous visit visas he couldn't get another one in the future.

Anyone any experience of this beyond what is rumours and hearsay ??
Facts are that this doesn't apply to the nationalities who get automatic visas upon entry as there are many people who have been here for years without issue. Those who need to apply for visas are subject to this rule but I know that again will also depend on nationality.

It is always advisable to get a residence visa though because it makes life much easier...if they wanted to immigration could apply the rule if they don't like you! You're better protected with a residence visa and being sponsored by a company isn't the only way to get one (you can set up a trade license etc) if you are here but not wanting to work officially for anyone.

I know quite a few Brits who have been on residence visas for several years and it's just a big pain in the arse and should be avoided if you can help it.

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Facts are that this doesn't apply to the nationalities who get automatic visas upon entry as there are many people who have been here for years without issue. Those who need to apply for visas are subject to this rule but I know that again will also depend on nationality.

It is always advisable to get a residence visa though because it makes life much easier...if they wanted to immigration could apply the rule if they don't like you! You're better protected with a residence visa and being sponsored by a company isn't the only way to get one (you can set up a trade license etc) if you are here but not wanting to work officially for anyone.

I know quite a few Brits who have been on residence visas for several years and it's just a big pain in the arse and should be avoided if you can help it.

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I was tempted to drop my old company in it with the Immigration people for employing Indians/Pakistani's without Residence permits. But decided against it as I had no gripe with those individuals.
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Default Re: "limit" on visit visas

The only time I have come across this was trying to get 8 or 9 guys into Abu Dhabi for a training course...

All bar one had a GCC residency of some sort, the last guy was a Romanian/Canadian. We were advised that AD was not issuing visit visa's full stop and so had to arrange for a visit visa in DXB, fly him in there and drive him thru to AD......
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The only time I have come across this was trying to get 8 or 9 guys into Abu Dhabi for a training course...

All bar one had a GCC residency of some sort, the last guy was a Romanian/Canadian. We were advised that AD was not issuing visit visa's full stop and so had to arrange for a visit visa in DXB, fly him in there and drive him thru to AD......
Theres always one!!!
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Default Re: "limit" on visit visas

Originally Posted by Norm_uk View Post
It is always advisable to get a residence visa though because it makes life much easier...
I know quite a few Brits who have been on residence visas for several years and it's just a big pain in the arse and should be avoided if you can help it.
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Slight contradiction here or was it a keyboard processing error?
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Slight contradiction here or was it a keyboard processing error?
a slip of the mouse, no doubt
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Slight contradiction here or was it a keyboard processing error?
The official term for it is called typing posts whilst talking on the phone...
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