It was announced by the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship that UAE residence visa holders whose visas are expiring after 1st March will be granted extensions until December 2020. This is applicable to residents who are in UAE and outside the country as well. Individuals who were not able to complete their residence visa applications will also have their entry visas extended.
Visitors and tourists who could not leave the country due to the ongoing travel restrictions will also be allowed to stay in the country legitimately since their tourist visa will be extended as well.
However, this is not applicable to individuals who recently had their residence visas cancelled. After the cancellation a usual grace period of 30 days is granted to either leave the country or change status onto a new visa, eg – a tourist visa or a new employment visa. With travel restrictions in place if an individual is not able to leave, he/she will not have a visa extension granted and will incur overstay penalties once the grace period passes. In order to avoid these penalties, a status change is possible to a tourist visa whilst being in the country itself.
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