The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced that it will start implementing select decisions of the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding residence permits and visitor visas. It is expected that on 21 October 2018 the following regulations will come into effect:
Residence permits for widowed or divorced women
A one-year residence permit will be available to women and their children residing in the UAE without a sponsor due to a divorce or death of their husband. Current residence permits will be cancelled, triggering additional government fees; and the validity of the new visa will start from the date of divorce or husband’s death.
Residence permits for students under parents’ sponsorship
A one-year renewable residence permit will be available to university and high school graduates sponsored by their parents, after having completed their education or on reaching the age of 18. The validity of the visa will start from the date of graduation or from the day the applicant reached 18 years old.
In-country visit visa renewal
Foreign nationals travelling on select categories of pre-approved visit visas will be eligible to renew their entry permits in-country, without having to exit and re-enter the UAE. According to the announcement, certain visa categories, including visit visas for GCC residents and their dependents as well as special entry visas, will not be subject to the new regulation.
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