The Ministry of Interior (MoI) of the UAE is mulling a proposal to scrap the residence visa stamping on passports of expatriates. As of now, all Emiratis are required to stamp their passports with the residence visa.
Discussions on this proposal took place during a meeting of the MoI’s foreigners’ affairs departments and directors-general of the residency.
It is said that the required procedures and alternatives were reviewed for eliminating the stamping procedure. The proposal, it was felt, was devised to achieve the MoI’s objectives to promote its smart services offerings.
It was also indicated that the ministry was in the process of launching a smart system with an aim to cut down the waiting times for the entire visa process.
The MoI was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying that this measure would help residents prevent the need of visiting a service centre in person to get their visas stamped.
It added that by removing the need to do so completely, it would help the process in becoming smart in alliance with the partners of the ministry. The MOI said that it could be offered as per the best global standards inside of a unified system.
The meeting is also said to have reviewed the results of a pilot smart visa processing system that it had recently launched in Ajman. This system cut down the time after applying for a visa to its receiving by 50 percent.
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