In latest news, UAE authorities have confirmed that visit visa holders whose duration of stay expired after March 1 must leave the country in one month’s time. It warned that those who fail to comply will face fines for overstay, starting July 12. This means that the one-month deadline ends on August 10. Many visit visa holders were unable to leave the UAE on time due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. On Friday, UAE authorities had announced the cancellation of extended visa validity on expired residency visas and entry permits. Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi, the official spokesman for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, confirmed the grace period rules on Saturday in an interview on Abu Dhabi TV.
This applies to holders of entry permits, which include visit visas and tourist visas, that expired after March 1. On the contrary, UAE authorities amended their decision to provide a visa amnesty until the end of the year for UAE residents. Now, residents with expired visas must apply to secure a new visa. A three-month grace period started from July 11, meaning they will not incur any fines until the end of that deadline. This means the last date falls on October 11, 2020.
For visa renewals, individuals can visit Amer’s online centre for visa approval. It provides services ranging from issuing entry permits, issuing or renewing residency visas, visa cancellation and other related services provided by other government institutions and departments. The site lists options for Dubai Nationals, Residents, GCC Citizens and Residents and Visitors (people who want to apply for a Visa on arrival extension). General Directors of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) is warning customers to ensure they have the correct documents ready, otherwise, they can expect delays. A post on its official Twitter handle read, “Dear clients, please check all documents attached to their required transaction and register your correct address when submitting the application to ensure the speedy completion of the transaction.”