x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Have you been affected by the new visa rule changes?

Officials and members of the public are bracing for widespread changes to visa rules being launched today.

Officials and members of the public are bracing for widespread changes to visa rules being launched today, although immigration officials admit they will only be able to implement them gradually. While 33 nationalities, including people from the UK, the US and much of Western Europe, are exempted from the new rules, those from countries such as India, Pakistan and the Philippines - key sources of labour for the UAE - will be affected. Leading companies have also warned that the laws could lead to staff shortages, delays in visa processing and losses in revenues.

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