It is mandatory to cancel the visa for all expatriate / resident visa holder when they are relocating from Dubai. This article details how to file DNRD (Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department) visa cancellation or MOL (Ministry of Labour) under various circumstances.
Based on your visa status, the visa cancellation process may vary. Please find below the visa cancellation process in different cases.
UAE work visa procedure for cancellation should be initiated by the employer or sponsor. If you are working in Free Zone, Free Zone Authority will be the sponsor to apply for the employment visa cancellation procedure in dubai. Following are the required set of documents to cancel work permit / labour card / UAE employment visa.
For Dubai residence visa cancellation, following documents are required
If you have a family under your sponsorship, it is mandated to cancel family visa before initiating the cancellation process of Work Permit. The following documents are required for cancellation of the family residence visa.
While changing job within Dubai, the previous emirates residence visa and work permit will be canceled. After obtaining No Objection Certificate from the previous company, you need to transfer the sponsorship to a new employer and get a new permit issued by MOL. According to latest news, there is no need for visa cancellation procedure for residence visa of family members under your sponsorship when you change the job. You need to provide a bank guarantee of 5000 Dhs for each member to DNRD. Please click here for relevant information.
If you have a valid residence visa, and if you stay outside UAE continuously over 6 months, the visa will become invalid or expired. But if the legal procedures for UAE visa cancellation process is not completed, you may be denied new visa by UAE.
In such circumstance, the following documents are required for visa cancellation process in UAE:
The procedure of UAE visa cancellation while the sponsored is outside the UAE for less than 6 months. In this case the Documents required to cancel residence visa are
If you have a work permit issued by DNRD and MOL, following documents are required for UAE work visa cancellation procedure.
AED 120 is charged for cancellation process, if the visa holder is outside UAE.
These single entry visa will be automatically canceled when you are exiting the country within validity period. If not departed within the period, a fine of AED 100 is charged daily.
The below mentioned documents should be submitted at DNRD for canceling maid's or domestic worker's residence permit and labour card.
On the departure day, Check in the maid and obtain the boarding pass for the maid. In the immigration you may need to furnish the documents along with the boarding pass to complete the cancellation process. To Sponsor a maid, please read about Procedures for sponsoring maid in Dubai
To avoid outstanding debts in UAE, it is necessary to terminate your bank account, loans & credits card. Most of the employers can ask for clearance certificate from bank. Hence Dubai visa cancellation during bank loan is not possible. Your bank may freeze your account once you put your resignation. So please plan accordingly to ensure the cash is withdrawn from your account.
It is also necessary to terminate your electricity, water connection and telephone lines. Your employees will also require for the clearance from other utility departments for initiating the Dubai work visa cancellation procedure. Your telephone connection may be disconnected once you put your resignation. Hence it is ideal to have an alternate phone connection.
If the accommodation is provided by the employer you may need to vacate within the grace period mentioned in the contract . Before resignation, plan for the stay till you leave the country.
Once the visa is cancelled, you will have a grace period of 30 days within which you need to exit the country. After that for every day overstayed, a fine of AED 25 should be paid for first 6 months, AED 50 next 6 months and AED 100 beyond that.
Visa cancellation is necessary to avoid any complication for future entry to UAE and other GCC countries.
If the employer is not officially notified about your departure, then you can be declared as absconding. This can result in a ban to enter or work in UAE for a specific term. You might lose the final salary and gratuity.
If you have outstanding debts, you may be subject to imprisonment at any attempt to re enter the country even in transit.
NOTE: By law, no employer could detain the worker if they have submitted the resignation within the notice period. In case, employer detain the employee beyond notice period, employee can raise complaint in Dispute section of Ministry of Labour.
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