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Information about mandatory services such as medical check-up and police verification, before applying for an employment visa in the UAE, can now be completed at the touch of a smartphone button.
The UAE Embassy in New Delhi launched a smartphone application on Tuesday aimed at providing consular services and travel advice to Emiratis visiting India as well as Indian nationals residing in or considering moving to the UAE.
The app will instruct users on the documents required for visa application, medical check-up, and police verification processes to be followed before applying for an employment visa in the UAE from India.
Furthermore, applicants can now complete medical check-up and police verification in their home country before arriving in the UAE.
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UAE’s Ambassador to India, Dr. Ahmed Albanna, revealed to media persons that the mission will now offer various services electronically, and the new app also conforms to the Digital India Initiative. He was quoted speaking to an international news agency: “The app is dedicated to providing information and the information actually serves both UAE nationals visiting India and also Indians trying to gather information to visit the UAE and also those going to work in the UAE.” The app is available for both Android as well as iOS platforms. Moreover, according to an official Embassy statement, the app is like a map providing information about key destinations and points along with proper guidance to help process and resolve issues. The app also provides address and coordinates to locations of the mission’s embassy in New Delhi as well as the Consulate General’s address in Kerala and Mumbai.
A report in the Indian daily revealed that the UAE currently has three visa centers in India – Delhi, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram – and the one in the national capital alone issued about 50,000 work visas last year. A total of 1.6 million Indians visited the UAE last year, while Indian visitors to Dubai alone crossed the 1 million mark during January-September 2017.
For UAE nationals, it provides services such as ‘Twajudi’, a service aimed at helping any national return in case of emergency, and help in the case of loss of passport, children return document, UAE citizen presence abroad, escort treatment for medical cases, financial matters emergencies, etc. “For Indian nationals, the app provides visa and attestation information to help in bridging the gap information to smoothening the overall process,” Albanna said.
Complete the process in India
The UAE Embassy’s Consular section has also ironed out and simplified the employment visa processes.
A call to the Embassy in Delhi revealed that processes such as medical check-up, police clearance that was earlier done in the UAE, can be now completed in India. The new process was embedded with a pioneering practice known as ‘Exporting the Border’, in which the applicants can complete the whole visa issuance process in their home country.
“It enables them to use the smart e-borders system to access the UAE freely. Also, the UAE has inaugurated several visa service centers around the globe, one of them is the New Delhi visa center and the Consulate General in Kerala.”
Applicants can process their medical and paperwork through 17 Gulf Approved Medical Centers Association (GAMCA) in India, located in major Indian cities including, Mangalore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Jaipur, Trichy, Kozhikode, Goa, Kolkata etc. Furthermore, there are 114 medical centers spread across India.