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Updated December 2023

The UAE has long since lifted its COVID-induced visa ban on Pakistan. However, recently, the country has been in news again for refusing work visas to Pakistanis from a select few cities.

Are the rumours true? Has UAE stopped issuing work visas to Pakistan? Keep reading to find out.

Pakistan work visa ban

Recently, news started to circulate on social media that the UAE has stopped issuing work visas to Pakistani passport holders coming from the cities of Dera Ghazi Khan, Kasur, Kohat, Quetta, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Sheikhupura and Sukkur. There is also a rumour that the UAE has suspended visa issuance for unskilled Pakistani workers.

However, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Office has shut down the rumours, confirming that no such work visa ban is in place. Consulate General of the UAE Karachi Bakheet Ateeq Al Remeithi has also denied such reports, calling them “fake news”. It also goes the same way for the visa suspension for the unskilled workers rumours, which are dismissed as “baseless” by Pakistani officials in the Gulf.

For more details about UAE visas, you can check out our article on the new UAE visa rules in 2022 below:

UAE Visa Stamping 2023: How to Obtain Your UAE Residency Under the New Visa Stamping Rules?

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