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Out of UAE for over 6mos? Re-entry possible

Expatriates whose residence visa has become invalid for staying out of the UAE for over six months can apply for re-entry consideration, according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP).

The entry permit came into effect at the start of 2023. The ICP clarified that residents can activate their residency again and enter the country if they get approval from the authority.

Under the UAE law, a regular residence visa automatically becomes invalid once the permit holder stays outside the country for more than six months. Golden Visa holders are exempted, and can stay outside the UAE for more than six months without affecting the validity of their visa.

According to the ICP, regular residence visa holders who have stayed outside the UAE for over six months can apply for a re-entry permit via the ICP website, its app UAEICP, or through approved typing centres and ICP customer service centres.

The application fee is Dh150. Applicants must attach a copy of their Emirates ID and valid passport, and specify the reason for the delay. They must apply for the permit while outside the UAE.

The application can be submitted if they have stayed outside the country for more than 180 days or six months, with a fine of Dh100 for every 30 days spent outside the country. The fine can be refunded if the application is rejected.

Once the application to re-enter the UAE is approved, the applicant must enter the country within 30 days. ICA/Expat Media

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