Overstay grace period extended

16 Nov 22

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

IMPACT — MEDIUM

The Emirati government recently extended its grace period for some foreign nationals whose visas were canceled.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals can stay in the United Arab Emirates for 180 days past the cancelation date of their residence permit if they are:
    • Golden residency holders and their family members.
    • Green residency holders and their family members.
    • The widow or divorcee of a foreigner residing in the UAE.
    • Students who recently finished their studies.
    • Skilled professionals in the first and second level classifications of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization.
  • Foreign nationals can stay in the UAE for 90 days past the cancelation date of their visa if they are:
    • Skilled professionals in the third level classification of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization.
    • Real estate owners.
  • Foreign nationals can stay in the UAE for 60 days past the cancelation date of their visa if they hold a visa issued in the presence of a guarantor or host (non-degree holder).
  • Foreign nationals can stay in the UAE for 30 days past the cancelation date of their visa if they hold any visa not mentioned above.

BAL Analysis: Emirati authorities updated visa overstay grace periods to coordinate with recent widespread immigration changes announced in early October.

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