UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (May 25, 2017) – Proof of medical insurance now required with visa applications
Health insurance applications require a stamped employment entry permit and an Emirates ID registration form
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) has begun requiring copies of medical insurance cards with visa applications, and in particular visa renewals.
What does the change mean? UAE residents submitting visa applications with DCCA should be prepared to provide copies of medical insurance cards in order to have visa applications processed.
Background: In Dubai, all individuals, including foreign employees, must be covered by health insurance from a Dubai Health Authority-approved provider. This requirement has immigration as well as legal consequences, as authorities in Dubai have begun imposing fines for residents who lack insurance onto visa renewal or cancellation fees. DCCA authorities recently began turning visa applicants away if they did not provide a copy of their health insurance card with their application. Dependents of UAE residents must be provided health insurance as well, but, so far, evidence of dependent health insurance has not been checked in the visa process. This is expected to change by December.
BAL Analysis: Companies should take note of the change and make sure all employees have insurance and provide a copy of their health insurance card when submitting visa applications. Those who fail to do so risk having their applications rejected.
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