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Coronavirus: UAE authority issues rules on expired visas


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

13th July, 2020
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Coronavirus: UAE authority issues rules on expired visas

A senior immigration officer said on Sunday that holders of expired UAE residency permits will be granted a three-month renewal grace period as of July 12 to avoid fines.

The official spokesman for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi confirmed the news on Abu Dhabi TV after the UAE authorities reversed the decision to extend expired residence visas.

Brig Al Kaabi said on a TV interview, “UAE residency permits are now being renewed again and people have three months to renew their residency as of July 12. Fines will be imposed by the end of the grace period,”

The announcement has been made for UAE residents having permits that expired after March 1, 2020.

He also said in the interview that residents outside the UAE will be granted one month when they arrive to renew their visa before fines are imposed.

In addition to this, people having a visit or tourist visa will have one month to leave as of July 12 to avoid fines.

The authority has begun its services again. It is receiving renewal applications for residency visas and ID cards that expired between March and April 2020.

Authority will start accepting renwal applications-that expired in May-from August 8.

On the other hand, students from foreign countries will not be permitted to stay in the US this autumn if their universities have moved classes fully online.

They will have to follow the rule unless the universities switch to a course with in-person tuition. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said that students could face deportation if they do not follow the rule.

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