IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Immigration authorities in all Dubai free zones and the mainland are adopting a restrictive policy toward certain Indian nationals seeking to change status in-country.
What does the change mean? Changes of status to employment and residence permits will not be approved in-country for Indian nationals who entered the UAE on a 14-day visa-on-arrival on the basis of being a U.S. green card holder; they must leave the UAE and apply for a change of status abroad or return on a tourist visa and apply in-country for a change of status.
BAL Analysis: The new policy only applies to Indian nationals who are U.S. permanent residents and entered the UAE on that basis. Indian nationals who entered the UAE on a visitor visa obtained at a consulate or who have a canceled or expired visa may continue to apply for a change of status in-country.
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