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Stuck outside UAE for months? Visa will expire

 

DUBAI – The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs has clarified that expatriates stuck outside the UAE for more than six months will have their residence visa expire without exception.

It was previously announced that residence visas expiring after March 1 will be automatically renewed until December 31, however, UAE authorities overturned this rule on July 11, announcing that holders of visas expiring after March 1 will need to renew their visa.

Under UAE rules, residence visa holders must not stay outside the country for more than six months, otherwise their residency visa will become automatically invalid.

Renew UAE residence visa within grace period or face fines

Under new guidelines announced on July 11, those with residence visas expiring after March 1 and before July 12 will be given until October 10 to renew their visa or pay fines.

UAE residents in the country whose visas will expire on or after July 12 will be given 30 days from that date to renew their visa or leave the UAE without incurring fines.

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Residents who are outside the UAE for more than six months due to travel restrictions in their country may apply for ICA or GDRFA approval to return to the UAE (August 12 update: ICA permit not needed to return to UAE). Once they enter the country, they will be given 30 days to renew their residence visa.

Here’s all you need to know

My residence visa expired from March 1 and before July 12. What happens now?

If you are in the UAE and your residence visa expires on a date from March 1 until July 11, you have a three-month grace period or until October 10 to renew your visa in order to continue staying in the UAE. Otherwise, you will need to leave the country before the grace period in order to avoid paying fines.

My residence visa expires on or after July 12. What happens now?

You have 30-days to renew your visa in order to continue staying in the UAE, otherwise you will need to leave the country on or before August 10 in order to avoid paying fines for visa overstay.

What is the fine for overstaying my visa?

The fine is Dh25 per day for those in the UAE. For those outside the UAE, the fine is Dh25 per day plus Dh250.

How can I check the updated expiry date of my residence visa?

To verifty your visa validy on the ICA website, click here
https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/default.html#/fileValidity

For Dubai residence visa holders, click here
https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Public_Th/StatusInquiry_New.aspx

I am currently out of the UAE with an expired residence visa. What happens now?

If you have not been outside the UAE for more than 180 days, you have one month from the day you re-enter the country in order to renew your residence visa.

I am a residence visa holder and have been out of the UAE for more than six months. What happens now?

Your residence visa will expire. However, you are permitted to enter the UAE once flights resume between your country and the UAE. You will need to get ICA or GDRFA approval prior to your return.

My Emirates ID expired after March 1 and before July 12. What happens now?

You have a three-month grace period to renew your Emirates ID or face fines.

What is the fine for failing to renew my Emirates ID?

The fine is Dh20 per day, with a maximum fine of Dh1,000.

When is the schedule to apply for visa or Emirates ID renewal?

Residence visas, Emirates ID expired from March to April: Ongoing

Residence visas, Emirates ID expired from May: August 11

Residence visas, Emirates ID expired in June and until July 11: Starting September 10

Residence visa, Emirates ID expired after July 11: TBA

My residence visa was cancelled after March 1 due to job loss. What happens now?

You have 30 days from July 12 to find a new employer to secure a new visa, or exit the UAE. You can also apply for a new 30-day or 90-day tourist visa.

What is the fine for overstaying after the 30-day grace period?

The fine is Dh225 for the first day and Dh25 for each subsequent day. ICA/Expat Media

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