United Arab Emirate immigration authorities have announced discontinuing the Bangladeshi foreign workers for all type of entry permits. UAE officials had earlier denied imposing such ban on foreign workers holding Bangladeshi passport and still maintain that it is not a ban but a temporary discontinuation of issuance of visas. The authorities had cited security concerns arising from the fake documents used for identification.
Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation and Residency and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, told a local newspaper that UAE has not decided to permanently stop the nationals of Bangladesh to enter UAE and suspension is not a ban.
He said the situation will return to normal once a number of issues are resolved by the government of Bangladesh.
Major General Al Menhali has confirmed that UAE will not issue new visit visas,tourist visas, resident permits or any other type of visa to the passport holders of Bangladesh. However, the visas or residency permits of the Bangladeshi nationals currently residing in UAE will be renewed as usual without any affect of the new decision of suspension.
Major General Al Menhali said, “We are not issuing any new visas to Bangladeshis but we are renewing for those who already have residence visas.” “Other than that, no one will be issued any new visa of any kind,” added Al Menhali.
Recently, authorities in UAE arrested many hundreds of Bangladeshi citizens who tried to enter UAE using fraudulent passports and visas. Al Menhali said that UAE has serious issues with the validity of Bangladeshi passports as thousands of Bangladeshis had tried to use fake documents to gain entry to UAE in near past.
Major General Al Menhali, however, said that suspension will be lifted once the issues with the Bangladeshi authorities have been sorted out without giving any estimated time before the issuance of visas will be resumed.
Bangladeshi nationals are shocked by the UAE decision of visa suspension and believe that majority of the Bangladeshi have become the victim of wrongdoings of a very small percentage of the population.