UAE gives fresh guidelines to act on expired visit visas

UAE expired visa rules

UAE has given fresh orders regarding UAE visitor visa. It says that those who hold expired UAE visit visas have two choices: either leave the country by 11th August 2020 or apply for a grace period of 1 month. The instruction was issued by the ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship).

Holders of the visitor or tourist visa in the country now have another month to leave, as of July 12, 2020, without paying fines. But ICA has issued a new order giving them the option of renewing the 30-day grace time once more after August 11, 2020.

After exhausting this one chance, the holder of the visit visa or entry permit must leave the country so that he/she can avoid fines.

The UAE authority had reversed the decision to extend residency visas that met its expiry date during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Then, Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi, the official spokesman of ICA, had stated that those inside the country who held UAE visit visa that expired on 1st March 2020, will have another month to either leave UAE by August 11 or change their status.

Also, residents of UAE holding permits that expired after 1st March 2020, could renew their residency within 3 months, as of July 12, 2020. The UAE authority has already resumed accepting renewal applications for expired ID cards and residency visas along with other services offered.

The UAE authority has called on its customers to begin with the renewal of expired residency permits of:

  • UAE citizens
  • Expatriate residents in the UAE
  • Citizens of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)

The UAE authority has also invited people to use the smart services it has on offer on its website (ica.gov.ae). People are also advised to avoid incurring administrative penalties by sticking to the renewal schedule.

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