The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced the amendment of the period of stay of the foreigner after the expiry or cancellation of his residence within the country, which was limited to one month to six months.
This came during a press conference organized by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security announced the launch of the third generation of advanced services, which include the upgraded version of the UAE passport and the start of the pilot application of the updated visa system, which will enter into force on 3 October.
The authority confirmed during a press conference held this evening that investors, businessmen, residents, visitors, talents and skills, and those looking for job opportunities in the country can benefit from the new benefits included in the updated visa system in the country after the issuance of the new executive regulations for the residence and foreign affairs law in the country.
The authority said that all categories can benefit from the new advantages of the updated visa system by entering the authority's website and smart application to learn about these advantages and apply for them through the site, application and customer happiness centers spread in the country after the start of the implementation of the new regulation on the third of next October.
On this occasion, His Excellency Major General Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, Director General of the Authority, praised the Cabinet's decision to adopt the executive regulations of the Federal Decree-Law regarding the entry and residence of foreigners in the United Arab Emirates at this important time.
His Excellency said that the new Emirati passport and the issuance of the new regulation that will be implemented on the 3rd of next October, including the benefits, facilities and new and diverse categories of visas, meet the desire, ambitions and hopes of citizens, residents, investors and those wishing to work and live in the UAE, and it also reflects the leadership's keenness. The wise leadership of the UAE, taking into account the human and social dimension of the residents in the country, reuniting families and improving the quality of their lives, as well as directing the potential energies of talents and experts to contribute to increasing economic growth rates and supporting the process of sustainable development, as well as attracting capital and talents from all over the world.
His Excellency the Director-General of the authority stressed that the updated visa system represents a qualitative leap in the field of entry and residence of foreigners at the regional and global levels, as it embodies the principles and the fifty-year plan adopted by the wise leadership to advance the country during the next fifty years, and embodies the concepts of coexistence and human brotherhood on which the UAE was founded.
His Excellency pointed out that the updated visas include simplified conditions, controls, procedures and new facilities that support the authority's approach and practices in providing proactive services in the spirit and thought of fifty, and meet the future needs of all categories of foreigners and residents, and make the UAE an oasis for living, work, innovation and investment.
For his part, Major General Sultan Yousef Al Nuaimi, Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the authority, said that the new executive regulations for the decree by a federal law regarding the entry and residence of foreigners in the United Arab Emirates will enter into official implementation on the third of next October.
His Excellency explained that the new regulation includes an updated visa system that contributes to supporting the sustainable development process and the policy of economic diversification, by attracting skilled workers, scientific competencies, experienced people, creative people and skilled specialists, which leads to raising the level of productivity and enhancing the competitiveness of the economy.
Major General Youssef Al Nuaimi added, "The updated visa system is characterized by the multiplicity of residency types and the addition of new ones to suit all categories of investors, entrepreneurs, talented scientists, specialists, early students, graduates, humanitarian pioneers, the first line of defense and skilled workers in all fields, in addition to reducing burdens and simplifying procedures. Adding new benefits to residency holders and separating residency from the employer, which contributes to improving the quality of life and making the experience of living, working and investing in the UAE a pleasant and happy one.
In the details, His Excellency Major General Khamis Al Kaabi, Director General of Support Services at the authority, said that the authority was able, within a short period of time, to take all measures to ensure the successful implementation of the updated visa system, fulfill all requirements and complete transactions on time to make customers happy, improve their well-being and achieve their aspirations and hopes for stability, living and working in UAE.
His Excellency added, "The new executive regulation for the entry and residence of foreigners, which will come into force on the third of next October, includes an integrated system of residency with great benefits and facilities, most notably the green residency, which is granted for a period of 5 years, subject to renewal, and includes greater advantages for the recruitment of family members residing in State, flexible grace periods of up to 6 months after expiry or cancellation of residence.