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New UAE rules for visas expired after March1 – All you need to know

 

DUBAI – UAE authorities recently announced a new grace period starting July 12 and the cancellation of previous rules extending the validity of residency visas, entry visas and Emirates IDs that expired from March 1.

It was previously announced that residence permits expiring from March 1 were automatically renewed until December 31. However, as of July 11, the residency extensions until the end of the year are no longer applicable.

Brigadier General Khamis Al Kaabi, spokesman for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said on Monday (July 13) that the updates announced on July 10 will reflect on the ICA portal soon.

Here’s all you need to know

Who are affected by the new rules?

The new guidelines apply to visit visa, tourist visa or UAE residence visa holders whose visas expired after March 1, or whose visas are expected to expire after July 12. It also applies to GCC nationals and Emiratis whose identity cards expired after March 1.

So if my visa expired before March 1, what happens next?

You have until August 18 to leave the UAE without incurring fines as part of the amnesty period effective May 18 until August 18. The updated guidelines do not cover people whose permits were cancelled before March 1. Read more

What about those with cancelled visas?

The guidelines do not cover people with cancelled visas, so overstay fines are expected.

My visit visa or tourist visa expired from March 1. What’s happens now?

You have 30 days from July 12 or until August 11 to leave the UAE or change your visa status to avoid fines. As of July 16, the ICA has revised the rule to give a further extension of the grace period for another 30 days after August 11, which means visit visa or tourist visa overstayers have until September 10 to change their visa status or exit the UAE without incurring fines. Read details

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 from 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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