No new UAE visas for Bangladeshis

Suspension is temporary and is not a ban, official confirms

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Residents apply for Visa at the residency deptartment inDubai.
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Dubai: Authorities in the UAE have stopped issuing all kinds of entry permits for Bangladeshi passport holders because of security concerns over identification and fake documents.

Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation and Residency and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, told Gulf News the suspension of issuing visas is not permanent and is not a ban.

He said the situation will return to normal once a number of issues are resolved by the government of Bangladesh.

For the time being, Major General Al Menhali confirmed there will be no new visit visas, resident visas, tourist visas or any other kind of visa for Bangladeshi nationals.

Current Bangladeshi visa holders in the UAE will not face any difficulties in extending their visa or renewing residency permits.

“We are not issuing any new visas to Bangladeshis but we are renewing for those who already have residence visas.

“Other than that, no one will be issued any new visa of any kind,” said Maj Gen Al Menhali.

He said the step was taken recently but did not specify when the restrictions would be lifted.

He also explained the UAE is concerned over the validity of the passports.

Gulf News learnt that there are thousands of cases of Bangladeshi people caught trying to enter the country with forged passports.

Weeks before the visa suspension, hundreds of Bangladeshis were arrested for entering the country with illegal documents.

Many were found carrying forged passsports and forged visas.

Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi father told Gulf News his 14-year-old son has been denied entrance to a Dubai school because of visa issues.

Mahfuz Ali Qaderi, who works as an investor in Dubai said: “When I decided to start a business here, at the same time I wanted to admit my 14-year-old son in Dubai.”

He said in July this year the school authority confirmed his son’s admission after interviewing the student who was here on a visit visa.

The father said that the school confirmed the admission of his son.

“As per the confirmation letter of the school, I took all necessary steps and paid accordingly.

“Based on that my son got the transfer certificate and I collected a visit visa for him to attend the school,” Qaderi said.

Qaderi said his son had been attending the school in Dubai since September this year.

“My son is still on a visit visa and the school authority preceded his visa as a student of the school.

“But on the 25th they were informed by the Tecom authority that all Bangladeshi visas are stopped and that they cannot proceed with it,” he said.

The confused father tried to contact the authorities to clarify the issue and understand the rules of UAE.

But he has as yet been unable to get an answer.


  • mahbubur rahman

    Oct 4, 2012 6:18

    Please open new visas for the Bangladeshi

  • Kafil Majumder

    Oct 4, 2012 5:33

    It is very sad news for all Bangladeshi's. Why we will be sufferer forthe mistake or crime of a few Bangladeshi citizen. We hate them who areinvolved with crime. Beside this I hope that the UAE Gov't will reviewthe decision.

  • Mohammad Anwar Hussain

    Oct 4, 2012 4:59

    This is a shocking news for me. I was selected for a job there. I have submitted all genuine papers. It is true that some agencies send people there with forge papers. I also appreciate the decision the UAEgovernment take. But as well as I urge Bangladeshi government to takethe correct initiatives to solve the problem. I hope this will cure verysoon. INSHALLAH!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oct 4, 2012 4:56

    Even though I was born, raised and educated here in the UAE, it seemsthat this rule is going to affect everyone equally - whether you havelived here for a day or for decades. If I do get a better job offer Icannot accept it because of the current rules ...where is the sense inthat? Hope this issue gets resolved soon!

  • Gazi Naeemul Karim

    Oct 4, 2012 4:16

    I am a Bangladeshi but was born and brought up in Dubai and have beenliving here for 28 years. My dad came here in 1979 and since then he washere. I applaud the steps UAE authority has taken regarding thismatter and how stringent policies are becoming. Though they are renewingvisas of people who have resided here for such a long time but questionis will they be able to apply and change visa to a new as it requiresand exit and entry stamp which means a new visa will be issued. I praythat this doesn't take much time.

  • Anonymous

    Oct 4, 2012 4:11

    This country has given us a lot of opportunities to maintain our standardof living and did not let anyone to compromise with the safety of thisland. I salute our late leaders who gave us the chance to be here. Todayjust because of few people the whole of Bangladeshi community is facingthe problem and I blame those people who for the sake of money give fakepromises to innocent people of our country. It is not that they are bornto be criminals but to repay the loans they took for the visa from theirtribesmen.

  • Anonymous

    Oct 4, 2012 4:05

    This is not a wise descision for a cosmopolition city like Dubai,Because many multinational company have their headquarter there wherethey need to bring people from all over the workd including Bangladesh.If they get effected it will be a bad impression. On the otherhand there is many many ways to verify Bangladeshi passports oreducational certificates. Dubai immigration should have more technology to veryfy such documents or passports rather thansuch restriction. There are good and bad people everywhere, but if theyshould not be treated as same way. I believe this is a temporaryrestriction and will be resolved within a month...

  • Tauhidul Islam Tanin

    Oct 4, 2012 3:32

    I got an offer from Abu Dhabi, UAE as Accountant and by the same I worked hard for 10 days and invested money as well to manage and send my original documents to them in UAE. On the contrary, that company also submitted visa application on my behalf, 1 week ago and till now, no positive result. What will be next? I am really tensed.May Almighty Allah (SWT) help me.

  • Anonymous

    Oct 4, 2012 3:19

    I thought it's not good dicision. If any problem, they can bring it to the notice of the embassy and certify all documents to UAE embassy in Bangladesh like asthey check about academic certificate.

  • Asad

    Oct 4, 2012 2:31

    This rule is good for UAE.

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