On Friday, UAE Cabinet issued a decision to cancel all recent decisions regarding the validity of residence visas as of 11 July.
These include extending previously granted residence permits for expatriates, who are both inside and outside the country, and whose visas have expired between 1 and 31 March 2020.
However, grace periods have been granted to complete the renewal procedures.
Entry permits and identification cards that have now expired are not valid.
Here are answers to some of the different arrivals questions:
Q: My UAE visa and ID expired in March, what will happen to the extension submitted until the end of the year?
A: The validity of entry visas and entry permits that were extended until the end of December of this year has been revoked. ID cards that expired on March 1 and which were considered valid until the end of the year, will now be considered invalid.
Q: Now that my residency visa has become invalid, how much time do I have to renew my documents?
A: If you are in the country, you have three months to renew the document. Residents and citizens of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council who spent less than six months outside the country will be given one month for renewal, with a grace period beginning on the date of their arrival in the United Arab Emirates.
Q: What about residents who are outside the country with expired visas and cannot return yet because flights are not yet available?
A: Residents outside the country will be granted visas that have expired in March or who have spent more than six months abroad, a window to return to the United Arab Emirates from the date of re-opening the airspace between the two countries. This will be according to a time frame established by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.
Q: Will there be fines for violations?
A: Yes. The fines will now take effect, as the Cabinet canceled the previous decision that suspended penalties for residence-related violations and made it clear that no fines would be collected during the exemption period.
Q: When is the deadline for fines and fees to be settled?
A: The Council of Ministers ordered the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to start collecting fees from July 12.
Q: How can I renew my documents?
A: Existing services must be provided through electronic systems as much as possible to reduce congestion in customer centers, and service departments in the country must consider renewed electronic identity cards and accept them in the smart application of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.