UAE’s new visa rules officially come into force

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If you are qualified to vote for the May 2016 National Elections, you mush register for Absentee Voting first before you can apply for passport renewal. Bring an additional copy of your passport’s data page for Absentee Voting Registration, which will be processed at the same time as your passport renewal request.

Requirements

Appointment to renew passport

Personal appearance (the Consulate entertains requests for passport renewals from Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Original passport

Passport copy and visa copy

Requirements for minors (18 years old or younger)

Appointment (not required for children ages 5 years old or younger)

E-passport Application Form. accomplished by the accompanying parent(s)

Copy of child’s passport, data and visa page

Copy of accompanying parent(s) passport’s data page

Personal appearance of child and parent(s).

PROCEDURE

How to book an appointment

Step 1: Visit dubaipcg.checkappointments.com to set an appointment

Step 2: Register using an email address and assign a password to use the service

Step 3: Log in and follow instructions on how to proceed with your passport application

Step 4: Once you have confirmed your desired appointment, a notification shall be given reconfirming the appointment, along with a detailed guide on requirements, procedures and fees

Step 5: Print the confirmation email

Renewing your passport

Step 1: Get an appointment

Step 2: On date of appointment, fill out E-passport Application Form.

Step 3: Proceed to Passport Processing Area

Step 4: Proceed to Cashier

Step 5: Proceed to Passport Encoding Area

Step 6: Proceed to Releasing Section on date of release.

 

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UAE’s new visa rules officially come into force

UAE’s new visa rules officially come into effect on Monday, October 3. Among the significant changes authorized by the Cabinet in April are longer visit visas for tourists, long-term residency for professionals, and easier access to the 10-year golden visa initiative.

Golden visa holders who leave the country will not have their permits revoked. Visitors who cancel their resident visas will be allowed a grace period of six months. Previously, visitors were only permitted a one-month grace period.

The new visas include a standard 60-day entry permit rather than 30 days as practiced and a five-year, multi-entry tourist visa allowing visitors to stay in the country for up to 90 days.

The UAE government will also implement a five-year green visa for skilled employees, freelancers, and the self-employed and a job exploration entry visa for degree holders that does not require a sponsor or a host.

The parents can sponsor their male children until age 25 up from 18, allowing them to remain in the UAE after school and university.

The golden visa initiative will also be expanded, as skilled professionals with salaries of Dh30,000 ($8,100), a month or more will find it easier to secure a 10-year visa. The current holders whose passports have expired can apply for a new one through ICP’s website, smart app, or the country’s embassies and consulates. BKM/ Expat Media


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