35 C
Kuwait City
October 22, 2020
Gulflance
Home » Renew expired residence visas in Dubai by October 10 or incur fines – News
Khaleejtimes

Renew expired residence visas in Dubai by October 10 or incur fines – News

Source link

Amer Centre employees and visa consultants told Khaleej Times that the grace period for residents whose visas expired between March 1 and July 12 would end on October 10.

Dubai residents, whose visas expired between March 1 and July 12, have only until October 10 to renew their visas or exit the country. After the deadline, overstay fines will apply, according to Amer Centre employees and visa consultants in the emirate.

Following the UAE Cabinet’s decision to cancel all resolutions about the automatic extension of visas, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) started receiving visa renewal applications on July 12.

Amer Centre employees and visa consultants told Khaleej Times that the grace period for residents whose visas expired between March 1 and July 12 would end on October 10.

“If a visa has expired mid-April and has not been renewed with the same sponsor, the holder has until October 10 to renew it,” said an Amer call centre employee.

“If the visa has been cancelled, like usual, visa-holders have a month to cancel their visa and apply for an employment visa…from their new employer or exit the country. They also have the option to change to a tourist visa, however, that is subject to approvals by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs,” the staff added.

Overstay fine of Dh25 per day

Overstayers shall be fined Dh125 on the first day and Dh25 per day from the second day onwards. Malik Naseer, operations manager at Cozmo Travels, said many of their visa applicants are Indians, followed by Pakistanis, Egyptians, and Filipinos. “Majority of them are jobseekers.”

Rashid Abbas, managing director of Arooha Travels, added: “Those whose visas were cancelled between March 1 and July 12 were predominantly people who lost their jobs amid the pandemic situation. Many of them have changed their status to three-month tourist visas…as they find it safer to remain in the UAE.”

Meanwhile, Raheesh Babu, chief operating officer of Musafir Travels, said they are not seeing a rush for renewals at the moment. “I imagine it is because many have already changed their visa status or have returned to their home countries.”

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com 

author

Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88







Click here to read more news from @khaleejtimes

Related posts

Arab Hope Makers: UAE pledges over Dh88m towards Egypt heart centre – News

gulflance

UAE to help private school students get gadgets for e-learning during spring break – News

gulflance

Have you seen Sheikh Hamdan’s touching Father’s Day video? – News

gulflance

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Please spend a minute

Gulflance Poll

Which is worst social media?
Vote Now
close-link

You're currently offline