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|19 June, 2018

One-year visa for widows and divorcees residing in UAE

Decision grants widows and divorced women and their children a 1-year residence without the need for a sponsor

Image used for illustrative purpose UAE flag flies over a boat at Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 22, 2015.

Image used for illustrative purpose UAE flag flies over a boat at Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 22, 2015.

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ABU DHABI -- The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to extend the visa of the widowed or divorced women residing in the UAE and their children for one year from the date of the divorce or the death of the spouse, as part of the latest legislative facilitations approved by the Cabinet.

The decision grants widows and divorced women and their children a one-year residence without the need for a sponsor.

It aims to give women the opportunity to adjust their social and economic status. The resolution will be effective as of the fourth quarter of this year and is part of the continuous efforts to develop government decisions and legislations that cater for larger segments of UAE’s residents and visitors and meets their main needs.

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The decision takes into consideration the humanitarian conditions of widows and divorcees, and facilitates their stay in the country after the loss of the head of the family.

It also aims to maintain family stability and social cohesion, and affirms UAE’s position as a welcoming country to all nationalities in line with its history and values of extending a helping hand.

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