New Immigration Rules in Dubai’s Financial Hub: What You Need to Know

Great news for those working in the Dubai International Financial Center Free Zone (DIFC)! There have been some changes to the immigration rules that you’ll want to know about.

First off, the maximum validity period for non-sponsored employment permits has been reduced from three years to two. This change seems to be in line with the duration of the employment residence permit. What does this mean for you? Well, it means that employers of foreign nationals will need to renew their employees’ work permits more frequently, which might lead to increased costs.

But don’t worry, there’s also some good news. The DIFC has introduced new services to make immigration applications easier and more efficient. For example, if you’ve been outside the UAE for more than six months for valid reasons like medical or educational purposes, your employer can now submit an online application on your behalf for a re-entry certificate. This will help facilitate your return to the country without the need to cancel your employment residence permit.

Also, if you need to update your personal information on an already-issued employment entry permit, you can now have it amended directly. Previously, you would have had to go through the process of cancelling your employment permit and then applying for a new one, which was time-consuming and costly.

Overall, these changes aim to simplify the immigration process for everyone involved, making it easier for employees and employers alike.

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