I have a Dubai employment visa. My passport number on this visa has the ECR category, but I've now changed my passport to the ECNR category.

Will the immigration authorities allow me to travel? This is my first time visiting Dubai on my employment visa; I earlier used a visitor's visa on my ECR passport.

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    Your work visa is in your old passport? Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 21:21
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    Work visas are an Expats.SE domain
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 19:48
  • @JonathanReez Says who? This is purely about travel.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 19:55
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    @Relaxed I disagree. Feel free to cast a reopen vote afterwards
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 20:20
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    @Relaxed it's about entering UAE on a UAE work visa. It seems likely that a different set of regulations would then be triggered, which are better discussed on Expats.SE. If OP had a tourist visa it would be a different matter. Also, OP doesn't mention he's going to the UAE on vacation, so I presume he's traveling for work.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 20:31

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No worries. You can use your new passport. Make sure to bring both passports and show both to the immigration officer as you enter Dubai.

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    Thank you, would you add any reference with your answer preferably a link?
    – Ali Awan
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 19:46
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    I am a resident in the UAE, and have used my old passport with a new visa in order to enter.
    – Patrick
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 20:23
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    Sorry, I means new passport with old visa in order to enter the country.
    – Patrick
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 20:41

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