I am from Islamabad, Pakistan. My brother got a work visa for UAE via a travel agent who's not trustable. So I want to verify that the visa is real. How can I do that? Or can anyone done it for me?

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    The name and passport number should be redacted. – Gayot Fow Oct 31 '15 at 10:59
  • Thanks @GayotFow, But what about my question..??? – Imran Tishna Oct 31 '15 at 11:26
  • No clue. Except to say that travel agents in south Asia are a known and widely condemned source of visa fraud. – Gayot Fow Oct 31 '15 at 11:41
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    It seems like a fake permit, check this page: ednrd.ae/portal/pls/portal/… the number of the permit does not match the allowed format in the official validity check page – Nean Der Thal Oct 31 '15 at 12:43

I have doubts as to the legitimacy of this document. Comparing it with a visa I recently had issued for someone from Pakistan, I find the following issues:

  1. The actual visa copy has a watermark; which is visible even if you print and scan it.

  2. There is a stamp on the bottom right.

  3. The Expo 2020 stamp is on the bottom left.

  4. The visa includes a page of instructions.

  5. The visa number is written unique number / year / sequence (at least on this version).

Further, "e-visas" are reserved for short stay only. I believe the normal visa for permanent workers/residency are different.

However, please please please understand that I am not an official at the UAE ministry of foreign affairs; I am only comparing it with another e-visa that I had issued.

The best way to assure its legitimacy is to do any one of the following:

  1. Call the UAE embassy in Karachi
  2. Call the EDNRD Hotline +97143139999
  3. Have the sponsor validate it online at the EDNRD website.

This is just the result of some Googling. I am not an UAE official. But I have been unable to find anything at all which would indicate work permits exist as eVisas.

This Google Image search shows a traditional piece of paper with very visible anti forgery elements like the colorful (probably even hologram) round thingie on the bottom centre.

Forum posts talking about work permits usually mention a "pink slip" which corroborates with the image result.

  • That should be "a UAE official." – phoog Oct 31 '15 at 15:00
  • I am curious why. – chx Dec 25 '15 at 17:23
  • Because "UAE" is pronounced "yoo-ay-ee", which begins with a consonant sound. Likewise, "an SE question" ("ess-ee") but "a Stack Exchange question." – David Richerby Aug 15 '18 at 13:35

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