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.
They can now do it by paying AED 570 and stay for a month more without exiting the country, the authorities have said.
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.
Applicable for all types of entry permits
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.
Brigadier Dr Rashid Sultan, a spokesperson for the UAE Ministry of Interior, said the ministry was re-implementing decision No 337 of the year 2004 to enable all those who have visit visas to get an extension, a report on Khaleej Times says.
“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.
Visa status to be amended electronically
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 the decision issued by the Ministry of Interior will be implemented by all immigration departments.