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Essential Checklist to Safeguard Against Visa Frauds in the UAE

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In recent years, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a magnet for job seekers from around the world, offering promising opportunities and a vibrant lifestyle. However, with the surge in demand for employment visas, the risk of falling victim to visa frauds has also increased. To ensure a smooth and legitimate process, it is crucial to adhere to a mandatory checklist. Here are some essential steps to avoid visa scams and safeguard your journey to the UAE:

 

1. Verify Company Legitimacy: Before accepting any job offer, verify that the company legally exists. Utilize the National Economic Register to search for the company’s English and Arabic names and gather comprehensive company details.

 

2. Official Offer Letter: If you receive a job offer in the UAE, ensure that the offer letter is issued by the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). This step, mandated by Administrative Resolution No. 38 of 2022, adds a layer of authenticity to your employment agreement.

 

3. Employment Visa Issuance: Upon accepting the offer letter, your employer will facilitate the issuance of an employment visa for entry into the UAE. It’s essential to verify the validity of this visa, as it sets the foundation for your legal stay in the country.

 

4. Visa Validity Verification: Whether your entry permit/visa is issued from Dubai or other emirates such as Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, or Fujairah, verify its validity through the respective platforms. For Dubai-issued visas, check the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) website, while for other emirates, utilize the eChannels platform.

 

5. Recruitment Expenses: According to UAE’s labor laws, the employer is obligated to cover recruitment expenses. Be wary of any requests for payment related to the recruitment process, as legitimate employers bear these costs.

 

6. Residence Visa Processing: Understand that the processing of your residence visa can only commence once you are inside the UAE on an entry permit. Avoid engaging with any entity promising to process your residence visa while you are outside the country.

 

By adhering to this mandatory checklist, prospective expatriates can mitigate the risk of falling prey to visa frauds and ensure a legitimate and secure transition to the UAE. Remember to stay informed about UAE visa regulations and seek guidance from official channels such as the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) for a hassle-free experience.

    Author: Archie S.
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