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Dual residency for expats backed by GCC immigration chiefs

Dual residency for expats backed by GCC immigration chiefs


Moves to introduce dual residency for professional expatriates living in the GCC have been officially backed by the Gulf’s immigration chiefs, at a meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.   

The reccomendation will now be sent to each government and if approved would see all expatriates with “first degrees”, such as doctors, engineers, businessmen and lawyers, being free to live and work in all six Gulf states without having to gain new residency permits.

This would make it easier for companies to deploy staff to different offices in the region, agreed delegates at the 24th meeting of the GCC director generals of naturalisation and residency departments.

 Acting director general of the UAE's Ministry of Interior Naturalisation and Residency Department said he strongly supported the move in an interview with UAE daily Khaleej Times.

Brigadier Nassir Al Awadi Al Menhali told the newspaper the UAE was already studying how to implement the system.

"The UAE supports all the ways to facilitate the expatriates and nationals movement among the GCC countries," Al Menhali said.

However, it would be up to each country to set up agreements with other Gulf states to establilsh double residency visas, he added.

"The GCC director-generals agreed that the GCC residents can enter as usual under the current laws, while each country has the right to approve the mutual residency with the other countries, according to the naturalisation and residency laws and regulations," he explained.

GCC residents looking for new jobs would also be allowed to enter other Gulf states on visit visas, before securing employment, he said. 

"We allow the GCC residents to enter the country on visit visa(s) in accordance to the naturalisation and residency law, and in case of finding a job they can apply to get the residency."
Roll-out across the GCC of the e-link immigration system set up between the UAE and Oman was also in the process of being finalised, said Colonel Ahmed Fahd Bu Hindi, deputy secretary general of security affairs at the General Secretariat of GCC.




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