UAE Suspends All Visa Types for Pakistani Nationals, Says Local Company

Dubai, UAE: The UAE has halted the issuance of all visa types for Pakistani nationals, according to information from a Dubai-based documents clearing company. Previously, Pakistani degree holders were eligible to apply for visit and employment visas, but recent reports indicate that the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) is not approving new visas.

In recent years, the UAE has already stopped granting visas to Pakistani nationals without educational qualifications. This new development means that visit visas, employment visas, and freelance visas are now unavailable to Pakistani citizens, regardless of their qualifications.

Experts suggest this suspension might be because many Pakistani residents are currently in the UAE. According to data from Global Media Insight, 1.71 million Pakistani nationals live in the UAE, comprising approximately 16.72% of the total population.

Despite the significant implications of this move, UAE authorities have not officially announced it. It is common in the UAE for such policy changes to take effect in the system without formal public announcements, as was the case with implementing the “demographic diversity law“.

Residents and potential applicants should stay updated and check official channels for further information.


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Ahammed Jouhar
Ahammed Jouhar
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