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New approval system for Dubai visa holders who want to return to the emirate

 

DUBAI – Emirates airline announced on Monday (June 22) that expatriates with valid UAE residence visa can get “instant response” through Dubai’s revamped system to allow residents to return to the emirate.

Emirates said applications through the website of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) will generate “instant response” for those eligible to travel to Dubai.

The website https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx was adapted from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship’s (ICA) Twajudi system to allow residents to return to the UAE.

Only those with residence visa issued in Dubai are eligible to apply on the GDRFA website. Those with residence visas issued from other emirates will continue to apply through the ICA website. Click here for details

On the GDRFA website for Dubai visa holders, applicants will be asked to key in the following information:

– Residence Number (this is the file number found in the residence visa page on your passport)

– Year of birth

– Country of origin

“You will get an instant response if your application has been approved. If the application cannot be processed at this time, you can try at a later stage,” according to Emirates.

“Only book your ticket back to Dubai after you have received the approval. During the booking process, you will be asked to enter your GDRFA application number.”

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The Twajudi website has been overloaded with thousands of applications in recent months, with many residents saying they have had to wait for a long time, or reapply for approval to return to the emirates.

This month, the UAE government said it plans to approve the return of an estimated 200,000 residents. An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that 31,000 expatriates stranded abroad have been approved to return to the UAE as of June 8. ICA/Expat Media

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