People from disaster-struck countries will be offered one-year visas in the UAE, regardless of status.
The decision was made at a recent UAE Cabinet meeting, chaired by vice president and prime minister HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as part of the country’s commitment to supporting the most vulnerable citizens of the world.
The period for application for the visas will be from 1st August to 31st October 2018 and the process is open to anyone from countries affected by war or natural disasters. The permits will also be exempt from fines and extendable on a case-by-case basis.
The residency permits aim to offer those affected a chance to rebuild their life until such a time as they are able to return home.
The news is the latest in a series of visa amendments for the UAE. Recently, ten-year visas for certain professions were announced alongside five-year visas for ‘outstanding’ students.
Six-month job-seeker visas and rule amendments that allow expats to reset their visa status without having to leave the country were also revealed.
Elsewhere, those in violation of the country’s residency laws are to be granted amnesty in an upcoming campaign entitled Protect Yourself by Modifying your Status. Effective dates of the initiative will be announced in the coming weeks. The new initiative will allow people to leave the country without paying any fees or fines. Nominal fees for status changes will also be introduced in addition to anyone who entered the country at non-official ports being able to leave the country without receiving a ban.