UAE Extends Grace Period By 3 Months For Residency Violators; All Over Stay Fines Waived Off

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
UAE Extends Grace Period By 3 Months For Residency Violators; All Over Stay Fines Waived Off

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has extended the grace period for residency violators by another 3 months. The new decision also includes fine exemptions. However, the revised grace period runs from August 18 to November 17. On that note, here’s Everything You Need To Know About Cancelled UAE Visas.

Earlier, the UAE Cabinet announced that residency and visit visas that expired after 1 March 2020, will be valid until the end of the year- 31 December, 2020. However, this decision has now been amended. The validity of visas and entry permits that was extended until the end of December this year has been cancelled. Identity cards that expired on March 1, will now be deemed invalid.

UAE Extends Grace Period From August 18 to November 17

Initially, the extension began on May 18, and was to end on August 18. The revised period runs from August 18 to November 17. The amnesty applies to people who have been illegally staying in the country after their visas- visit, tourist or residency, had expired before March 1. But, the scheme does not include visitors or tourists whose visas expired after March 1. In addition, the extension will not be valid for residents who have lost their jobs after March 1, and if their residency visas had been canceled. Meanwhile, here’s a Guide To Bring Your Family On A Residence Visa To UAE.

Besides, overstay violators will also be exempt from all fines, provided they leave the country. In addition, violators will also not be banned from entering the UAE, provided they leave the country. Violators leaving UAE must have a valid passport and a flight ticket. Besides, prior registration at amnesty centres is NOT required. The person seeking amnesty after their residency visa had expired must directly go to the airport.

Amnesty seekers with dependents must ensure all family members leave the country at the same time. People of determination and children under 15 years of age are exempted from going through the amnesty process at the airports.

Those who wish to leave the UAE from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah airports must arrive 6 hours before the flight. Meanwhile, those leaving the UAE from Dubai Airport must arrive at Terminal 2, 48 hours before the flight. On that note, here’s what has changed about getting a driving license in the UAE.

ICA Approval NOT NEEDED For UAE Residents Landing In Abu Dhabi

UAE Residents landing in Abu Dhabi international airport will no longer need an ICA approval. Pakistan Airlines confirmed the news, and also added that the new rule will be effective from 11 August. This comes as a big sigh of relief for expatriates stranded outside the UAE waiting for approvals to come to the UAE. On that note, India Has Eased Travel Rules For Select Countries, UAE Might Soon Be On The List.

Earlier, ICA permit was mandatory for all UAE Residents stranded abroad. Dubai resident visa holders must obtain permission from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDDRFA). In addition, those with visas from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah must register on ICA via smart channels to be able to travel to the UAE. However, now, this is not require permission if they arrive at the Abu Dhabi Airport.

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