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Getting a visa for the UAE just got a lot easier



Looking to move to Dubai? Well we’ve got some good news for you! The process just got a whole lot easier.

E-Channels, the nation’s latest initiative, now allows you to cancel, renew and apply for a UAE visa online. This means that you will no longer have queue up at the immigration office or at the typing centres – yay.

The service the UAE Ministry of Interiors in partnership with Tahaluf Al Emarat Technical Solutions, all you have to do is register online, select the service you want and fill out the application form accordingly.

Aside from allowing expats to renew, cancel and apply for a UAE visa, the service allows all UAE and GCC nationals to apply for a number of services on behalf of those that they are sponsoring.

The Director-General of the Residence and Foreigners Affairs Directorate in Abu Dhabi, Colonel Mansour Ahmed Al Dhaheri told local news agency, WAM  that the move aims to support the government’s efforts to provide high quality services in a friendly environment.

He added that the system will include a number of features that, until now, have never been available in any other country.

Among them include the ability to automatically read official electronic documents, use fingerprint technology to identify people and process routine requests such as auditing, accounting and quality control.

The service comes just weeks after the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Health and Prevention, and Human Resources and Emiratisation and the Emirates Identity Authority announced that they were implementing new measures to reduce the UAE visa processing time by as much as 50 percent.

Speaking on the news at the news at the time, the Assistant Under-Secretary of Health Centres and Clinics for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Hussain Al Rand said: “The Ministry of Health is committed to co-operating with other government stakeholders to deliver the objectives of the government accelerators regarding the residency permit for private sector staff in 100 days.”

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