New UAE visa laws allow visitors to extend stays by 60 days

The recent reforms to the UAE visa system will now grant people on visit or tourist visas a 30-day visa extension twice, for a total of 60 days, without having to leave the country.

Under the new rules, announced earlier this year, the residency visa for widows and divorced women and their children will be extended for a year without a sponsor starting from the date of the death of the husband or the date of the divorce.

Residency visas of students sponsored by their parents will also be renewed for a year after they complete their university or high school or on reaching the age of 18. This will further be renewable for another 12 months.

Those found violating or delaying in applying under the new rules will be granted a 10-day grace period, after which they will be fined AED 100 per day ($30). However, for the next 30 days the extension will be ranted from the date of the previous entry permit’s expiry.

Visitors can, before the end of the first extension, present a request to receive a second extension for an additional 30 days.

There will be a AED 600 fee ($165)for extending entry permits, per extension. The fee does not, however, apply to those residing in the GCC and the companions of GCC citizens, as well as those in possession of special entry permits.

However, Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, acting director-general of the Foreigners Affairs and Ports Department at the ICS cautioned that the new visa rules will be subject to conditions and regulations, official news agency WAM reported.

“The widow or divorced woman and their children must have had their residency visas sponsored by the deceased or former husband at the time of death or divorce,” he said.

He also clarified that residency visas should be valid at the time of death or divorce and that the children’s residency period does not exceed that of the mother.

Brigadier Al Rashidi also emphasised that the woman must have the financial ability to support the family.

All the applications can be submitted online and at Tas’heel offices and residency departments across the country.

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Pedro Gonçalves
Pedro Gonçalves is Financial Correspondent at International Investment.

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