Grace period after residency visa cancellation has increased

UAE Residency visa cancellation
The flexibility was announced last month with new reforms in the UAE

The grace period after a residency visa cancellation has been increased between 60 to 180 days. Previously the grace period was 30 days depending on the category of the visa.

Expatriates need to either exit the country or get a new visa within the grace period after the visa is cancelled.

The increase in grace period after the residency visa cancellation has been confirmed by typing centre agents and customer care agents at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP).

The flexible period was announced as the country adopted sweeping reforms to its entry and residence visa scheme last month.

Accordingly to the information shared by typing centre agents, the grace period for residency visa cancellation varies according to the visa type.

As per details they can access on the ICP system, here is the break-up

  • 180 Days
  1. Golden Visa holders and their families
  2. Green Visa holders and their families
  3. Widows and divorcees
  4. Students who have completed their studies
  5. Skilled professionals ( first & second level in the Ministry of Human Resource and Emiratisation classification)
  • 90 Days
  1. Skilled Professionals ( third level in the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation classification )
  2. Property Owners
  • 60 Days
  1. Normal residencies
  • 30 Days
  1. Other categories

Even though some skilled workers will get a 180-day grace period, their dependents have just 60 days.

The Advanced Visa System comprises many residency types, including the Green Visa. Green Visa allows  an individual to sponsor their family for five years, as opposed to the existing system of two years.

It is applicable to various individuals including skilled workers, self-employed people and freelancers.

New visas will allow a stay of 60 days as opposed to 30 days earlier. Additionally, a five-year multi-entry tourist visa has been introduced, which does not require a sponsor.


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