UAE residence visa cancellation for out-of-country expats: 3 exemptions to rule

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UAE residence visa cancellation for staying outside country: 3 exemptions to rule

A UAE residence visa is automatically cancelled once the holder stays outside the country for more than six months or 180 days, however, there are exemptions to this rule.

The updated rules are specified in a resolution by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenships, Customs and Port Security (ICP) following a Cabinet decision on the matter, which came into effect on October 3, 2022. The resolution also covered new rules for visit visa, Emirates ID and passports.

The decision outlines three categories of individuals exempt from having their residence visa cancelled if they stay outside of the country for more than 180 days.

The residence visa will remain valid until its expiration for holders of UAE Gold Visa and their families, holders of UAE Green Visa and their families, and individuals approved for exemption by the Director General of Residence and Foreigners Affairs for legitimate reasons and upon payment of the prescribed fee.

A UAE Gold Visa is a long-term residence visa that is valid for 10 years. A UAE Green Visa is a similar visa that is valid for five years. Both visas are renewable. ICA/Expat Media

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