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GDRFA introduce UAE vision system

Posted on 07/04/2016

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) introduced the "UAE vision" new system, which allows public to apply for all kind of visa and residency related transactions only via typing service centres approved by the residency department. Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and foreigners' Affairs in Dubai, said yesterday that public will not be required any more to visit the GDRFA headquarters or any ...  >>MORE

No need to exit UAE to amend visit visa status

Posted on 05/01/2016

Visit visa-holders no longer need to leave the country to amend the status of their visa to a residency permit, the Ministry of Interior revealed on Sunday. Brigadier Dr Rashid Sultan Al Khadar, spokesman for the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports department at the Ministry of the Interior, said that under resolution 377 of 2014, visa-holders of all types can modify the status of their entry and residency permits while staying in the country. "Customers will be able to amend the status of ...  >>MORE

European Parliament gives final nod to Schengen visa waiver for UAE citizens

Posted on 16/12/2015

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament (EP) yesterday took the final step on exempting the UAE citizens from the Schengen visa by voting overwhelmingly for the resolution. The Head of the UAE Mission to the European Union and Ambassador to Belgium, Sulaiman Hamid Al Mazrouei said 537 of 667 of the EP members voted in favour of granting a visa waiver to the UAE citizens travelling to the Schengen area countries. "Today's vote is the final seal of approval for the full exemption of UAE citizens from ...  >>MORE

Since January, GDRFA issues 59 million transactions

Posted on 08/12/2015

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA), said that the GDRFA issued since the beginning of the year till November a total of 59 million different transactions. Major General Al Marri added that 42 million passengers used Dubai borders since the beginning of the year. "We expect this number to be increased more," he said. He said that the number of visa issued by GDRFA for nationals who required ...  >>MORE

Azerbaijan exempts UAE citizens from pre-entry visa

Posted on 12/11/2015

The Government of Azerbaijan has exempted citizens of the UAE from the entry visa requirement. Ahmed Saeed Al Dhaheri, Acting Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the ministry has received a memorandum from the Government of Azerbaijan including the resolution of the visa waiver for the UAE's citizens. Citizens of the UAE will obtain a 30-day visa on arrival at any of the international airports in the Republic of Azerbaijan for US$50. Al Dhaheri added ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Interior now receives visit visa applications via website or smartphone app

Posted on 05/10/2015

The Ministry of Interior has announced that it is now receiving visa applications for citizens, residents and other stakeholders for a short-term visit visa either via the ministry website or its smartphone app. This service is available 24/7 and reflects the ministry's keenness to streamline procedures for the public. The entry permits are secure and issued electronically through a streamlined and convenient process that requires an Emirates ID card to access the advanced framework, which has ...  >>MORE

MoI launches online service for UAE Visas for GCC residents

Posted on 16/08/2015

The Ministry of Interior, represented by the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Sector, recently launched an online service to allow GCC residents and their escort to get their UAE entry permits (visas) via the various ports across the country, through the "Fawri" portal on the ministry's website www.moi.gov.ae. These measures are in line with the Ministerial Decree No. 377 of 2014, and in accordance with the required conditions and procedures. Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Assistant ...  >>MORE

ADP Residency and Foreigners Affairs organises First Customer Service Forum for 2015

Posted on 15/08/2015

The Directorate General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi, has organised the first Customer Service Forum for 2015 under the slogan "We Thrive by Ensuring Your Happiness" at the Emirates Institute for Citizenship, Residency and Ports. The Forum was attended by Colonel Yussef Ismail Al Khouri, Deputy Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi; Colonel Saeed Balhass Al Shamesi, Head of Information and Follow-up Department; alongside a number of officers, ...  >>MORE

Expatriates in any GCC country will soon be able to use smart applications for Visas: GDRFA-Dubai

Posted on 01/06/2015

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, GDRFA-Dubai, has said that expatriates residing in any GCC country will soon be able to use smart applications to apply for a Visa to enter the UAE. According to a press release issued by the GDRFA-Dubai, Major General Al Marri said that a total of 2,628 online visas were applied for by GCC residents in only one month, 2,512 for expatriate residents and 116 for domestic ...  >>MORE

Al Murr: Schengen visa exemption highlights interest of UAE's leadership in citizens at home and abroad

Posted on 14/05/2015

MADRID: Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, has commended the UAE wise leadership's keenness on providing all means to take care of citizens abroad through UAE embassies and diplomatic missions in various countries around the world. Al Murr emphasised the keen interest of the Federal National Council to discuss laws and regulations and the adoption of general topics, as well as directs questions to the government, to serve the homeland and the citizens and to ...  >>MORE

European Ambassadors to UAE welcome Schengen visa waiver for UAE nationals

Posted on 11/05/2015

European Ambassadors in the UAE have welcomed the European Parliament decision to allow UAE citizens to visit Europe visa-free. Speaking about the decision, German Ambassador to the UAE, Dr. Eckhard Luebkemeier, expressed his delight at the news, saying, "I am extremely pleased about the introduction of visa-free travel between the UAE and the European Schengen area. This is a day to celebrate what constitutes a milestone in the relationship between the UAE and Europe and between the UAE and ...  >>MORE

UAE Ambassador to Paris: Exempting UAE citizens from Schengen visa is huge success for UAE diplomacy

Posted on 08/05/2015

PARIS: Maadhad Hareb Mughair Al Khaili, UAE Ambassador to the French Republic, has stressed that exempting UAE citizens from Schengen visa, is the result of years of hard work, during which the state, under its wise leadership, has won respect and appreciation all over the world. Al Khaili congratulated the UAE's leadership, government and people on the outstanding achievement, considering it a great accomplishment for UAE diplomacy, led by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign ...  >>MORE

UAE, EU sign historic Schengen visa waiver agreement

Posted on 07/05/2015

BRUSSELS: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the European Union (EU) have signed a reciprocal bilateral short-stay visa waiver agreement exempting the UAE citizens from Schengen visa and making the UAE the first Arab country to receive such a visa waiver for its nationals. As of yesterday, citizens of the United Arab Emirates who hold diplomatic, special, service and ordinary passports will be able to travel without a visa to 34 EU countries which make up the Schengen area for stays of up to ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed: Exemption of UAE citizens from Schengen visa is evidence of EU’s confidence in UAE and its citizens

Posted on 07/05/2015

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, yesterday offered his congratulations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Their Highnesses, the Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers and to the UAE people on the decision taken ...  >>MORE

Hazza bin Zayed: Exemption of UAE citizens from Schengen visa is evidence of UAE's distinguished presence across world

Posted on 07/05/2015

H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Supreme Council Members, Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates as ...  >>MORE

MoFA calls on UAE nationals travelling to Europe to refer to website for information on impending Schengen Visa exemption

Posted on 05/05/2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MoFA, has called on UAE citizens who plan to travel to Europe to access and follow the tips and travel advisories listed on the citizens' affairs page on the ministry's official website, as a prelude to the impending official announcement of the exemption of the Schengen Visa for UAE citizens this month. The awareness campaign comes within the ministry's mandate in facilitating travel arrangements for citizens and safeguarding them from any obstacles they may ...  >>MORE

MoFA to raise nationals' awareness about Schengen visa waiver

Posted on 03/05/2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of the UAE has launched a campaign to raise the awareness of Emiratis about travel arrangements to the Schengen area, ahead of the official announcement of the exemption later this month. The thirty four member countries of the Schengen agreement which will exempt the nationals of the UAE from the requirement to obtain an entry visa in advance are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Malta, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, ...  >>MORE

GDRFA-Dubai opens self-service kiosks in Dubai for visa services

Posted on 07/04/2015

Following the success of its Amer self-service kiosks, which provides customers with prompt visa enquiries and services around the clock, the General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, GDRFA-Dubai, has set up more booths in different locations around the city. Customers can follow up on the processing of their transactions by using the booths which facilitate services for customers, simplify procedures, and provide convenience. The kiosks allow users to perform a ...  >>MORE

New Canada Visa Application Centre for Residents of UAE opens in Dubai

Posted on 04/04/2015

VFS Global, as part of a contract awarded by the Government of Canada, introduced Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) services in Dubai for applicants wishing to travel to Canada. As per the contract, VFS Global will establish a robust worldwide network of up to 125 CVACs. This centre is the second such centre in the UAE. Canada Visa Application Services have also been introduced in Oman earlier in March. The CVAC commenced operation at Wafi Mall in Dubai on 19 March 2015. This global ...  >>MORE

Bosnia exempts Emiratis from pre-visa requirement

Posted on 11/03/2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina has exempted the UAE nationals from the pre-entry visa requirement and allowed them to stay for a maximum 90 days in the country. Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhahiri, Director of the Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), said that a note received from the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the country includes the decision of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina pertaining to exemption for Emiratis carrying diplomatic, official and ordinary ...  >>MORE

Dubai issued more than 12m visas in 2014

Posted on 05/02/2015

More than 12 million visas were issued in 2014, out of which 5.14 million were tourist visas, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of Dubai (GDRFA) revealed on Wednesday. "Statistics show there has been a 10 per cent increase in the number of visas issued,” Major General Mohammed Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of GDRFA-Dubai, said. "This year, a total of 12.77 million visas were issued, of which 5.14 million were tourist visas and 456,708 visas were issued on ...  >>MORE

More Schengen visa centres open in UAE

Posted on 16/01/2015

Sweden has joined the growing list of countries outsourcing their visa services to a third party based in the UAE to speed up the processing of entry permits. The Embassy of Sweden launched on Thursday the new visa application centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The centres, to be managed by VFS Global, are located at Wafi Mall, Level 2 in Dubai and Shining Tower, Level 25, in Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi residents wishing to travel to Sweden will no longer need to go to the country's embassy. ...  >>MORE

United States preclearance at Abu Dhabi Airport set to operate for all US-bound flights

Posted on 13/01/2015

Air travellers on all Etihad Airways flights to the United States from this week will be able to experience the benefits of arriving in the US having pre-cleared US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi Airport. From Thursday 15th January US preclearance will open for the early morning EY103 to New York JFK and EY183 to San Francisco flights, both of which conveniently connect with inbound services from Mumbai, Delhi and other cities in India and the Indian Subcontinent. The new early ...  >>MORE

New UAE immigration unit created to 'please visitors'

Posted on 30/12/2014

The UAE ministry of interior has decided to create a unit at the immigration and residency department to "please visitors” by providing them with all the required services quickly and smoothly, newspapers reported on Monday. Similar units would also be set up at a later stage at other interior ministry service centres, which deal directly with the public, they said, quoting a ministry statement. "This new section will extend quick and smooth services that surpass expectations in line with ...  >>MORE

Multiple-entry visas to boost Dubai tourism

Posted on 14/08/2014

Recent regulatory changes to the U.A.E.'s visa system will have a transformative effect on Dubai's cruise sector and further boost medical tourism in the emirate. A new ruling in the U.A.E. Cabinet Resolution No. 22 of 2014 which took effect on August 1, 2014, will ensure implementation of a new visa and fees system. Amendments include a new multiple entry tourism permit for cruise passengers and a range of new entry permits for medical tourists and their companions. The ruling was signed by ...  >>MORE

MoI: New visa system enhances customer services

Posted on 11/08/2014

The Ministry of Interior confirmed the ministerial resolution No. 22 for the year 2014, which regulates the services and the new visa and fees system of the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs sector, which will enhance the development of the services provided for customers. Sunday morning, Brigadier Dr Rashid Sultan Al Khodr, Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Interior and the official spokesperson of Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, held a press conference ...  >>MORE

How much U.A.E. visa will cost after increase

Posted on 01/08/2014

Effective on Friday, the employment visa for a worker sponsored by governmental bodies will cost Dh200 per year, while the visa charge for workers employed by the private sector or free zones will be Dh250 per year. A new visa fee structure signed by Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, states that the residence visa for an investor or partner will cost Dh250 per year. The residence visa for a family member of a worker employed by ...  >>MORE

New U.A.E. entry visa fee from August 2014

Posted on 29/07/2014

The General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Interior has completed its technical and services preparations to ensure a flexible implementation of the new visa and fees system across the naturalisation, residency and ports affairs sector. The system will be effective August beginning, by virtue of the Cabinet`s resolution number 22 for the year 2014, regarding the organisation and development of the services at the MoI`s naturalisation, residency and ports ...  >>MORE

MoI to implement new visa, fees system

Posted on 26/07/2014

The General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Interior completed its technical and services preparations to ensure a flexible implementation of the new visa and fees system across the naturalisation, residency and ports affairs sector. 

The aforementioned system will be applicable as of the beginning of August, by virtue of the Cabinet's resolution number 22 for the year 2014, regarding the organisation and development of the services at the MoI's ...  >>MORE

Dubai launches new immigration smart service

Posted on 27/06/2014

Dubai launches new immigration smart service The Dubai immigration authorities on Thursday unveiled a package of new smart services which Emiratis, residents and companies can have access to via smart phones and tablets. A top official said the move is in line with the smart government drive initiated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai in May 2013. "The move is aimed to make government services available on ...  >>MORE

NO increase in minimum salary requirement for residence visa sponsorship of family members: Al Marri denies

Posted on 05/05/2014

There is no increase in minimum salary requirement for residence visa sponsorship of family members, Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, has emphasised, categorically denying reports in section of local English media about the issue. 'All branches of the General Directorate in Dubai are still receiving applications from clients smoothly and there are no new restrictions in that respect,' Major General Al Marri ...  >>MORE

UAE ministry announces new visa for Turkey

Posted on 18/03/2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised Emiratis holding ordinary passports that it is necessary to obtain electronic visas for entry into Turkey, which comes into effect from April 10. Ahmad Alham Saeed Al Daheri, Director of Consular Services in the ministry, said that the new system for Turkey's visas, which came into effect on April 17, 2013, required travellers to obtain new electronic visas instead of the previous sticker visas that were issued at the Turkish borders, adding that the ...  >>MORE

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces new visa exemptions for EU countries

Posted on 06/03/2014

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced yesterday that citizens of 13 European Union member states, who hold ordinary passports, will be exempted from the need to acquire pre-entry visas to the UAE with effect from 22nd March, 2014, in implementation of the decision taken by the UAE Cabinet in this regard. The countries are: Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. As a result of the above ...  >>MORE

MoFA issues guide to create "electronic travel document" for travel to United Kingdom

Posted on 10/01/2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a guide to creating an "electronic travel document" for those wishing to travel to the United Kingdom within the framework of the ministry's keenness to facilitate the procedures of travelling for citizens. Ahmed Alham Saeed Al Dhahiri, Director of Consular Services in the Ministry, said yesterday that the guide includes a detailed explanation of the stages of creating the electronic document through the creation of a new and permanent user account, ...  >>MORE

E-Gate registration begins at Capital’s mall

Posted on 08/01/2014

Registration process for the Electronic Ports' Project (E-Gate) for citizens of the UAE and the GCC, in addition to residents and individuals who have an entry visa, began at Galleria Shopping Centre in Abu Dhabi (Galleria Mall) on Sunday and will continue until next Thursday. As many as 505 people availed the service on the first day of the registration process. Registration begins at 10am and concludes at 10pm everyday. Major Mohammad Al Zaabi, Director of the E-Ports' Project, said that ...  >>MORE

First travellers use UK visa waiver

Posted on 02/01/2014

1st January saw the first travellers to visit the UK using the Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW). This allows visits to the UK for up to six months without a visa. So far, over 300 visa waiver applicants including 170 Emirati, 107 Qatari and 102 Omani passport holders have completed an EVW, with the number expected to increase during the coming months. UK border force officials have been working through the night at local airports to assist airlines and travellers using the scheme. Matt Heath, ...  >>MORE

UAE residents’ new payment option for visa at Oman border

Posted on 28/12/2013

Travel between Oman and the UAE has been made a little easier, as financial transactions at the border can now be made with a Visa credit card. Royal Oman Police (ROP) has recently introduced credit card payment in all its offices and this includes the border posts, confirmed an ROP source. Travellers now have the option to pay in cash or with a credit card for their visa, which is priced Dh200 for general visitors and Dh50 for UAE residents. The credit card payment option is available at ...  >>MORE

Another victory for UAE on way to Schengen visa-free status

Posted on 16/12/2013

The UAE was unanimously and unconditionally voted on the Schengen visa-free list by the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on Friday, said a senior official on Sunday. "The UAE has achieved another victory towards realising a Schengen visa waiver, which will allow Emiratis visa-free travel to any of all 28 Schengen states,” Sulaiman Al Mazroui, UAE Ambassador to the European Union, told Gulf News. Al Mazroui said the proposal to add the UAE to the Schengen visa-free ...  >>MORE

As of 1st January 2014, Emiratis will be able to travel to UK with Electronic Visa Waiver, says British Embassy

Posted on 10/12/2013

As of 1st January 2014, Emiratis will be able to travel to the United Kingdom with an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) document, which allows them to visit the country for up to six months without a visa, according to the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The introduction of the service allows Emiratis to apply for an EVW online and free of charge without having to go to a visa application centre or hand in passports prior to travel. All they have to do is complete their EVW online at least 48 hours ...  >>MORE

General Directorate of Customs - Abu Dhabi and US Customs and Border Protection sign cooperation agreement

Posted on 08/07/2013

Following its efforts to enhance security measures and to better secure trade and travel between the two countries, the Department of Finance's General Directorate of Customs - Abu Dhabi signed a cooperation agreement last week with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the latter's headquarters in Washington. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a training session organised by the General Directorate of Customs - Abu Dhabi and in collaboration with CBP in Washington. Saeed ...  >>MORE

Passport and Visa reminder initiative "Remember" to be launched in Abu Dhabi today

Posted on 06/05/2013

In a joint effort, The General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) and the Directorate of Naturalisation (DNRAD) in Abu Dhabi will launch tomorrow the "Remember" initiative aimed at both nationals and residents as a reminder to verify expiration dates on passports and residencies to ensure a timely legal renewal, as well as preserve them as important official documents from damage or loss. A GDRFA official stated that this initiative, launched and applied in Abu Dhabi, ...  >>MORE

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GDRFA introduce UAE vision system


No need to exit UAE to amend visit visa status


European Parliament gives final nod to Schengen visa waiver for UAE citizens


Since January, GDRFA issues 59 million transactions


Azerbaijan exempts UAE citizens from pre-entry visa


Ministry of Interior now receives visit visa applications via website or smartphone app


MoI launches online service for UAE Visas for GCC residents


ADP Residency and Foreigners Affairs organises First Customer Service Forum for 2015


Expatriates in any GCC country will soon be able to use smart applications for Visas: GDRFA-Dubai


Al Murr: Schengen visa exemption highlights interest of UAE's leadership in citizens at home and abroad


European Ambassadors to UAE welcome Schengen visa waiver for UAE nationals


UAE Ambassador to Paris: Exempting UAE citizens from Schengen visa is huge success for UAE diplomacy


UAE, EU sign historic Schengen visa waiver agreement


Abdullah bin Zayed: Exemption of UAE citizens from Schengen visa is evidence of EU’s confidence in UAE and its citizens


Hazza bin Zayed: Exemption of UAE citizens from Schengen visa is evidence of UAE's distinguished presence across world


MoFA calls on UAE nationals travelling to Europe to refer to website for information on impending Schengen Visa exemption


MoFA to raise nationals' awareness about Schengen visa waiver


GDRFA-Dubai opens self-service kiosks in Dubai for visa services


New Canada Visa Application Centre for Residents of UAE opens in Dubai


Bosnia exempts Emiratis from pre-visa requirement


Dubai issued more than 12m visas in 2014


More Schengen visa centres open in UAE


United States preclearance at Abu Dhabi Airport set to operate for all US-bound flights


New UAE immigration unit created to 'please visitors'


Multiple-entry visas to boost Dubai tourism


MoI: New visa system enhances customer services


How much U.A.E. visa will cost after increase


New U.A.E. entry visa fee from August 2014


MoI to implement new visa, fees system


Dubai launches new immigration smart service


NO increase in minimum salary requirement for residence visa sponsorship of family members: Al Marri denies


UAE ministry announces new visa for Turkey


UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces new visa exemptions for EU countries


MoFA issues guide to create "electronic travel document" for travel to United Kingdom


E-Gate registration begins at Capital’s mall


First travellers use UK visa waiver


UAE residents’ new payment option for visa at Oman border


Another victory for UAE on way to Schengen visa-free status


As of 1st January 2014, Emiratis will be able to travel to UK with Electronic Visa Waiver, says British Embassy


General Directorate of Customs - Abu Dhabi and US Customs and Border Protection sign cooperation agreement


Passport and Visa reminder initiative "Remember" to be launched in Abu Dhabi today