Things have become traumatic for most of the nations nowadays. From lifestyle to businesses, everything is affected severely. In this time of uncertainties, people in the UAE have numerous questions in their minds related to their visas and the residence visa renewal. Business Link UAE, the best consultants for business setup in Dubai, UAE lists down the answers to the most asked questions in this blog here to save you from wandering here and there for the correct answer.
My visa validity expired in March. Is the deadline extended?
According to the UAE cabinet announcement on July 10, the validity of entry permits and visas extended until the end of December 2020 is now canceled. And the identity card will be deemed invalid.
When can I get the documents renewed for my expired residence visa?
For people within the UAE, you can get the documents renewed in 3 months. For people outside the country will have one month from the date they land in the UAE for renewal of documents.
Is there any more clauses for Dubai residence visa renewal?
Yes, people who need to renew their Dubai residence visa are required to undergo medical fitness tests. Other emirates do not need to undergo medical test as of now.
My residence visa has expired already, but there are no flights so I cannot go back. What about me?
If your visa has expired in March or you are outside the country for more than 6 months, you will get a window to return to the country whenever the airspace resumes its functions. Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) will be defining the time period for the same.
From when will the applications be accepted?
There is a window of 3 months, but you can apply for renewal as authorities have started accepting applications already.
Is any fines or fee associated with visa renewal?
Fees collection has been started from July 12. And yes, there will be fines, except for the exemption period stated by the Cabinet.
Where do I need to go for Visa renewal?
In the case of people looking for Dubai visa renewal, people need to go to Amer centers. In the case of other emirates, applicants need to visit a General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) office nearby.
How to get documents renewed in this risk-prone time?
To avoid customer centers from crowding, authorities will be using electronic systems and offer an electronic identity card. Service departments should accept it.
Who needs a medical test?
For Dubai residence visa renewal, there needs to be a medical fitness test that will cost Dh320/person. Also, in case of a new visa application, the test will be done.
What are the other steps for Visa renewal?
Once your application is submitted, you will get a SMS notification from ICA, requesting you to renew your expired ID card. You need to visit an accredited typing center for application submission or do it online over the ICA website. Emirates ID renewal for 2 years costs Dh270 and 3 years costs Dh370.
What documents need to be submitted for visa renewal?
You need to submit a sponsor’s valid residency permit, clean medical fitness test report, insurance card (especially Abu Dhabi & Dubai), original receipt of registration with ICA, application form submitted online or from typing office, photo of sponsored & original passport.
Any difference for salaried or business people?
Yes, there is some difference in the case of documents to be submitted. In the case of private employees, the company needs to submit a copy of a valid firm card, trade license, labor card, and copy of renewal receipt for 60 years and above. A salary certificate is required in case you are sponsoring your family.
Source: Gulf News