The new residency visas valid for just 1 year will be available to people from countries suffering from wars and disasters
18 June 2018| Last updated on 19 January 2020
A new resolution has been adopted in a UAE Cabinet meeting, which will grant nationals from countries suffering from wars and disasters a UAE residency visa that will last one year.
The UAE Cabinet meeting on Monday was chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Announced by the Dubai Media Office, the new year-long UAE residency visas will grant 'citizens of countries affected by wars and disasters a one-year residency visa, regardless of their residency conditions and exempts them from any fines.'
A residency visa of this kind will aim to help individuals from these countries, while supporting them until their living conditions improve or they are able to return to their countries.
As per the Dubai Media Office's Twitter account, 'the resolution stipulates that nationals of countries suffering from wars or disasters may be allowed to stay for one year regardless of the conditions of their stay in the period from August 1 to October 31 of this year.'
The 1 year UAE residency visas can then be extended, and are exempt from any irregularities or fines.
Nationalities that can obtain a 1 year UAE residency visa
It is yet to be confirmed what nationalities will be able to apply for a 1 year residency visa in the UAE, we'll keep you updated as soon as we hear. It's also unclear yet whether the visa will be given on a case-by-case basis to individuals, or to a nation as a whole if at all.
How to apply for the 1 year UAE residency visa
Individuals will be able to apply for the new year-long UAE residency visa between August 1st, 2018 and October 31st, 2018. The new permit will be valid for one year only, with options to extend at a later date if deemed necessary. Instructions on how to apply for the new permit are yet to be revealed. Stay tuned.
Why is the UAE providing this one-year visa?
As part of the UAE's ongoing commitment of standing by the most vulnerable and needy people in the world, the new year-long permit will give individuals from war-torn or disaster-stricken countries the chance to improve their living conditions until they are ready to return to their home countries.
As per news agency WAM's announcement, the UAE continues to upload itself as an 'active supporter of international peace and stability'.