UAE Simplifies Work Visa Procedures For Indian Citizens
”Much of the procedures like medical check up, police clearance that was earlier done in UAE will now be done in India , he said. For this purpose a new mobile app on Android platform was launched today by the Embassy here.
The app which is currently in Hindi and English will soon be rolled out in Malayalam too as a large number of people from Kerala want to go to UAE for jobs.
The envoy also said there was some significant progress in the matter of expediting UAE investment in India. A major breakthrough was in the offing in sorting out problems linked to investments y the DP World, a leading operator of mine and inland ports, and the problems related to Etisalat and Emmar were also being taken up, the envoy said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going on a three -nation trip of West Asia, which includes UAE. It is understood that Mr Modi will through this visit try to give a push to the 75 billion dollar investment promised by the UAE during his visit to the country in 2015.
Mr Banna said one to 1.5 Billion dollar new investment through FDI was coming to India soon, and it will be separate from the sovereign fund promised during Mr Modi’s visit.
This investment will be in logistics, dry ports and port management. Replying to a question, he also said that the ”legacy issues” faced by Etisalat, Emmar and DP World were discussed at the meeting of India-UAE task force on investment in Abu Dhabi on January 14.
Etisalat is a telecommunication giant and Emmar is a real estate major of UAE. Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority(Adia) chairman
Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, who co-chaired the meeting, also discussed new business opportunities, he said.UAE has so far invested 10 bn dollar in India, out of which four billion dollar is FDI, the envoy said.
He said he was very happy that Mr Modi would be paying a state visit to his country. He said the new app launched by the Embassy was a step in the direction of bringing the people of two countries closer by facilitating and simplifying the visa application process.
Mr Banns said a Centre had been set up for the purpose in Vasant Kunj here and many more such centres would be set up in other cities of India, so that people of these cities do not have to travel to Delhi frequently for getting the visa.
About 1.6 million people visited UAE from India last year. Indian visitors to Dubai alone crossed one million mark in January to September, which was a 20 per cent increase over the 2016 figures in the same period. UAE has the largest expatriate community in Indians who number more than 2.6 million.
(The writer is freelance senior journalist and is specialised in Foreign Affairs )