These expats can stay in the UAE after expiry of their visas

by Tanvir Awan
Process of UAE's e-visa for GCC residents explained

In a move aimed at enhancing flexibility for visa holders, the Federal Authority for Identity, Nationalisation, Customs, and Port Security (ICP) has introduced updates to the UAE’s visa system. These revisions provide extended stay privileges for specific categories of visa holders, catering to diverse circumstances and needs.

Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of the key changes:

Six-month extension in UAE visa

Among the notable changes is the provision for a six-month extension for various visa categories. This extension applies to holders of golden visas and their families, as well as holders of green visas and their families.

Additionally, widows or divorcees of foreign residents, students sponsored by local universities or colleges whose studies have concluded, and residents with skilled professions categorized as first and second level by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) are eligible for this extension.

Three-month extension

Another significant update is the introduction of a three-month extension for specific visa holders. This extension applies to residents with skilled professions categorized as third level by MOHRE, as well as property owners sponsored by one of their properties.

Sixty-day stay

Visa holders with a guarantor or host, including residents, domestic workers, family members, and others, are now granted a sixty-day stay period, an increase from the previous thirty-day duration.

Thirty-day stay

Certain categories of visa holders, including those from countries affected by disasters or conflicts, retirees from abroad, virtual employers, and investors or partners, are allowed to remain in the country for a thirty-day period following the expiration or cancellation of their visa.

The ICP encourages individuals to take advantage of these new benefits by accessing their website or smart application, or by visiting one of the customer happiness centers conveniently located across the UAE. By providing extended stay privileges, the UAE aims to accommodate the diverse needs of its residents and visitors, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment.

These updates reflect the government’s commitment to enhancing the overall experience for individuals living and working in the UAE, further solidifying its reputation as a dynamic and welcoming destination on the global stage.

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