Monday, January 4, 2016

UAE Revoked one month gap for Renewing Visit Visa

The UAE has revoked the condition of a one-month gap for renewing visit visas. People on such visas will no longer need to exit the country to get an extension of their stay here. They can now do it by paying Dh570 and stay for a month more without exiting the country
The Visit Visa applies to tourists who wish to spend more than 14 days in UAE, those coming for family visits as well as those on long-term business visits. It requires the sponsorship of any UAE resident or any company or hotel licensed to operate within the UAE.

Brigadier Dr Rashid Sultan, a spokesperson for the UAE Ministry of Interior, said the ministry was re-implementing the decision No 337 of the year 2004 to enable all those who have visit visas to get an extension.

"All companies and visitors should submit applications and transactions before the expiry date of the visa period to avoid violations. The immigration services will be provided at all UAE port of entries and immigration offices," he added.

The official said the new rule is applicable for all entry permits. These permits would include transit visas, short-term (one month) and long-term visit (90 days) visas, student visas, visas for medical treatment and residence visas.

In the previous visa requirements, visit visa holders needed to exit the country after the expiry of the visa term and had to stay out of the country for at least a month before being able to re-enter on another visit visa.

He said that amending of visa status will be done electronically and without complications as part of the new procedure. People do not need to the leave the UAE, but they can amend their visa status and pay the required fees in order to facilitate the transactions for visitors and residents and to save money and time.

Obaid bin Suroor, Deputy Director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners' Affairs in Dubai, said that all the decision issued by the Minstry of Interior will be implemented by all immigration departments.