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 in Dubai.
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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

    04-Oct-2012 18:18

    Please open new visas for the Bangladeshi

  • Kafil Majumder

    04-Oct-2012 17:33

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

  • Mohammad Anwar Hussain

    04-Oct-2012 16:59

    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 UAE government take. But as well as I urge Bangladeshi government to take the correct initiatives to solve the problem. I hope this will cure very soon. INSHALLAH!!!

  • Anonymous

    04-Oct-2012 16:56

    Even though I was born, raised and educated here in the UAE, it seems that this rule is going to affect everyone equally - whether you have lived here for a day or for decades. If I do get a better job offer I cannot accept it because of the current rules ...where is the sense in that? Hope this issue gets resolved soon!

  • Gazi Naeemul Karim

    04-Oct-2012 16:16

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

  • Anonymous

    04-Oct-2012 16:11

    This country has given us a lot of opportunities to maintain our standard of living and did not let anyone to compromise with the safety of this land. I salute our late leaders who gave us the chance to be here. Today just because of few people the whole of Bangladeshi community is facing the problem and I blame those people who for the sake of money give fake promises to innocent people of our country. It is not that they are born to be criminals but to repay the loans they took for the visa from their tribesmen.

  • Anonymous

    04-Oct-2012 16:05

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

  • Tauhidul Islam Tanin

    04-Oct-2012 15:32

    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

    04-Oct-2012 15:19

    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 as they check about academic certificate.

  • Asad

    04-Oct-2012 14:31

    This rule is good for UAE.

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