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|21 July, 2018

UAE authority all set to implement visa reforms

In May, the Cabinet had adopted a 10-year visa scheme for talented individuals.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Businessman holding his passport and luggage at airport.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Businessman holding his passport and luggage at airport.

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The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) is all set to implement the visa reforms decisions approved by the UAE Cabinet in May and June. Following a meeting of the authority's board of directors, the ICA said it was "fully prepared" to launch visas for talented individuals, and approve a legislative package to review the current residency system.

In May, the Cabinet had adopted a 10-year visa scheme for talented individuals. And in June, the Cabinet okayed a new legislative package, including a review of the current residency system to allow a two-year residency extension for students after finishing their university studies.

The board has approved plans and methods for implementing the Cabinet's decisions in the specified time period.

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The board hailed the government for taking the "humanitarian dimension" into account in every policy it approves. It's because of this that the country announced a one-year visa for those affected by wars and natural disasters, and announced a visa amnesty scheme, the ICA said.

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