Good news for the Indians residing in the UK or the European Union on a resident visa. They are now capable of applying for a visa-on-arrival for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The process from now on will be simple and expedite for family and friends visiting the UAE.
The news was reissued by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai conveying a reminder to the residents of the UAE. According to the video uploaded by the GDRFA on their social networking sites this week, “Indian nationals holders of normal passports with the UK and European Union countries’ resident visa, can now avail entry permit or visa-on-arrival on all the entry points to the UAE. One condition that is to be taken care of is that the validity of the resident visa must not be less than six months.”
In order to get this visa-on-arrival, Indian passengers need to approach the Marhaba Service Counter upon arrival. The fee for the initial entry permit will be Dh100 plus Dh20 as service tax. After the payment of the fee, the passenger can later move on to the passport control. The longest validity one can get on the entry permit is 14 days which can be extended by an additional 28 days by paying a renewal fee of Dh250 and Dh20 service tax.
Indian students are found all across the world excelling in almost every field. The UK has been one of the most preferred locations for pursuing education for the students in India. With about 21,500 student visa applications, India has become the second largest country to issue student visas for the UK. On number one is China and India is followed by the US securing the third rank.
The statistics were provided by the Harry Booty, the regional communication manager at Visas and Immigration in UK Home Office. He also added that China is dominating with about 1,00,000 student visas and the US has approximately 15,000 Tier-4 student visas. “India has experienced a persistent rise in the number of student visa applications. The figure has doubled in the past three years,” he said. Among the Indians, most applications were received from Mumbai and Delhi, and state-wise, Telangana has produced the highest number of applicants.