Visa in 24 hours for these UAE workers

Dubai: Visas for the thousands of employees working at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) will now be processed within 24 hours.

Jafza on Monday signed a deal with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDFRA) that seeks to fast track and improve visa processing for people working in the emirate’s major business hub.

The move is expected to benefit more than 150,000 workers employed in at least 7,500 companies.  “The time taken to process visas and related transactions is being cut to 24 hours,” the company announced in a statement.

The agreement between GDFRA and Jafza is also seen to boost productivity within the businesses operating in the free zone.

Jafza is home to thousands of companies, many of which are catering to major markets in the region and the rest of the world. According to the latest figures, trade between Jafza and India alone reached over $3.4 billion in 2017.

Those dealing in automotive and spare parts also recorded business worth Dh39.5 billion in the same year.

“Simplifying business process results in increased efficiency and more productive companies and employees,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and chief executive officer of DP World.

“The agreement represents a new phase of cooperation with the GDFRA and integrates business practices as directed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.”

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