This post was originally published on 6 April 2016.
Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has introduced the new ‘UAE vision’ system, which allows the public to apply for all kind of visa and residency related transactions only via typing service centres approved by the residency department.
As per the new system, the public will not be required any more to visit the GDRFA headquarters or any of its external branches in order to apply for any visa or residency related transaction, state news agency WAM quoted Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General at GDRFA, as having said.
These include applying for a visa, renewing residency, applying for new residency or cancellation in addition to any other related services as all the services will be available at the typing services centres.
System to save effort and time
Major General Al Marri said that the GDRFA is introducing the ‘UAE vision’ new system, which is deemed one of the best systems introduced for public to save effort and time.
“The ‘UAE Vision’ is a new system where public members will be able to visit any of the typing service offices and submit their transactions all without having to visit the GDRFA building or any of the centres to complete their transactions as everything will be done at the typing centre only,” Colonel Hussein Ibrahim, Assistant of the Director-General for administrative support at GDRFA, said.
Colonel Hussein pointed out that clients must provide accurate information to the typing centre such as valid phone numbers, address and email in order to allow communication with them.
He said that those who apply for visit visa-related transaction will have it sent to their email and those applying for residency visa service will have it send to them via Zajel service.
How it works
- The user submits all documents and contact details to typing centre.
- After submitting all documents, the status will be ‘in process’ until approval is confirmed by immigration.
- Users will be notified by SMS for the final step.
- Once approval is confirmed, residents will then visit the immigration headquarters only once to get their passport stamped.
- Visit visas will be issued through email as e-visas.
“The number of applications submitted at the typing centre has started to grow during this month. This service provides the public with a one-stop-shop for all transactions,” Gulf Times quoted Shahin P, owner of Abdul Samad Office Typing Center located near Emirates Towers metro station. A GDRF customer service agent has confirmed that application fees will remain the same.