What has changed
Effective Sunday, 25 December 2016, all Dependant Visa related applications in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be processed through E-Vision, the new visa application system introduced by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.
Residents will no longer be required to visit the GDRFA headquarters or any of its external branches in order to apply for any visa or residency-related transaction. These transactions include applying for visa, renewing residency, applying for new residency, visa cancellation, in addition to any other related services.
Use of E-Vision is now compulsory for all immigration transactions. Manual applications submitted to the immigration authorities will no longer be accepted.
Who is affected?
- All applicants for United Arab Emirates (UAE) immigration transactions.
What to expect
Below are the changes to the current visa application process, with regards to switching to new E-Vision system:
- Original Emirates ID of the sponsor will be a mandatory requirement for all Dependant Visa related services.
- Sponsor’s signature will no longer be required.
- Online Entry Permit will be available on the Client Portal once it is issued by the GDRFA, which can be printed and sent to applicants in order to enter the UAE.
- All supporting documents upload along with the visa applications should be in JPG format.
- Sponsor’s IBAN number will be required for all Dependant Visa applications.
Original passport(s) will still be required for the residence permit stamping step, but instead of taking these personally to the immigration authorities, these will be collected from and returned to the sponsor by an immigration department accredited courier.
Urgent residence permit stamping without the involvement of the accredited courier can still be facilitated, though this will require personal attendance by the sponsor or their PRO and will involve additional government charges.
What you need to do
- E-Vision is expected to benefit employees by removing the need for their personal attendance at the immigration authorities.
- Be aware that manual applications will no longer be accepted by the immigration authorities.
- In order to facilitate your application, be sure to provide accurate contact information, including phone number(s), email address(es), and mailing address(es).
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.
The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.