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DUBAI – Companies found employing workers on visit visa will be slapped with a fine of Dh50,000, a UAE-based law firm reiterated.
“In the UAE, working under visit visa is illegal. The firms that make employees work on visit visa will be fined Dh50,000,” Abdulla U.C., legal consultant of FranGulf Legal Consultants, told Expatmedia.net. Violators can be reported to the Economic Department for legal action.
Visit visa or tourist visa holders caught working for companies will also face punishment, Abdulla said. “In most cases, the employees working on visit visa will be deported to their home countries,” he said.
Hundreds of visit visa holders from Pakistan and India were stranded at Dubai airport since last week for failing to pass the country’s entry requirements.
Authorities said the travelers, mostly blue-collar workers, failed to meet entry requirements, including a return ticket, a hotel booking or a relative’s reference, and pocket money of at least Dh2,000.
Last week, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai reiterated stricter requirements for travelers from five countries, including Pakistan and India.
On Tuesday, the Pakistan Consulate General said Pakistani travelers heading to Dubai on visit visa or tourist visa will be screened twice: at check-in counters in Pakistan and immigration counters in Dubai.
“If officials suspect that a passenger on tourist visa is flying to Dubai to [look for a job], he will not be allowed to fly,” a consulate official said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Consulate in Dubai urged travelers to “respect immigration rules” and get the “right visa” if they are coming for a purpose other than tourism.
“Nobody should travel from India to the UAE on a visit or tourist visa looking for a job,” the mission reiterated.
Since Tuesday last week, a total of 1,374 Pakistani passengers were denied entry in Dubai. The stranded passengers have since been repatriated. Around 300 Indian passengers were also stopped at the airport, with 80 allowed entry later and the rest sent back to India on repatriation flights. ICA/Expat Media
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