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UAE Introduces New Visa System

UAE Visa System

Background about UAE visa system

UAE is one of the countries in the world which has increasing numbers of expatriates working and living there. Keeping in view, the authorities have already developed a sound system of visa processing which helps expatriates to easily apply for business, employment and visit visa. The relevant authorities keep updating the visa system to bring frequent reforms providing ease to the visitors and the expatriates working in UAE.

Announcement of New Visa system

Recently, the UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) has announced several reforms to the visa system. This will for sure benefit visitors and the families living or visiting UAE. The said reforms will be implemented from October 21, 2018. Recommended: Smart tunnel opens at Dubai airport

The new reforms grant the extension of the visas in the following cases:

  1. Widows.
  2. Divorced women and their children.
  3. Students sponsored by their parents.
  4. Visit visa holders can.

The above 4 categories are briefly explained further as mentioned below:

Visa for widows

The visa extension allowed by UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) commences from the date of the death of the spouse. In such cases, they won’t need a sponsor to apply for the visa. The objective for such changes is to give women the certain opportunity of relaxation whereby they can adjust themselves to their social and economic status after losing the head of the family.

Earlier, the women and their children had to leave the country after the death of their husbands.

Visa for divorcees

The visa extension allowed by UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) begins from the date of the divorce of the spouse. In such cases, they won’t need a sponsor to apply for the visa.

Previously, women and their children had to leave the country after the divorce of their husbands.

Student visa

The UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) has announced to grant the one-year visas extension to all the students after Grade 12 or the ones already finished University studies. In such cases, the authority has announced that the visa is renewable for another one-year. The cost of the visa for the parents extending their children visas would amount to 5,000 Dirhams.

Under the new visa scheme, the students who have completed their high schools or universities need to submit their attested academic certificates for high school or university and other supporting documents to show to the authorities that they have studied in UAE.

Visit Visa

Earlier, the visitors staying in UAE on visit visa had to leave the country after the expiry of their three-month visit visas or one-month tourist visas. However, under the new scheme, the visit visa holders staying in UAE can now apply for the extension of 30-days twice without leaving the country. The cost of the visa fee is 600 Dirhams and is applicable for each time extension.

Hence, the introduction of the above mentioned change in the new system will definitely provide more satisfaction to the expatriates and the tourists working and living in UAE respectively. Furthermore, it will allow the UAE economy to increase with the passage of time due to the increase in the revenue through such changes prospectively.

Source: Gulf News

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