The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has announced that the residents of the UAE can now renew their Emirates identity cards and visas from July 12 onwards.
For anyone with a visa or emirates ID that expired in May 2020, the authorities have stated they will begin accepting renewal requests on August 8.
“ICA urges everyone to take advantage of the smart services it provides, respond and adhere to the above schedule to achieve the requirements of social distancing at all stages of providing the service and to avoid paying the administrative fines.” expressed a statement by the authority, according to Arabian Business.
The service was temporarily disabled due to the introduction of the lockdown measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. It was also announced that entry permits (visit/tourist visas) which expired after March 1 would be granted validity until December, however, this was changed to follow new directives announced this past Friday with residents being afforded a three-month grace period to renew residency visas if they have been in the country.
The ICA will be receiving applications from September 10 until the end of the month, without restrictions to a specific date for visas and ID cards with expiration in June and between July 1 and 11.
So… what exactly does this all mean? If you need to renew your visa in the coming weeks or months, it will be possible to do so and there won't be a need to scramble to have it sorted within a short period of time.
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