e-Expat system is all set to cater to visas, permits

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and Industry (MOFI) has taken a crucial step towards a national system of e-Government with an announcement that brings closer the much-heralded e-Expat system.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 1 Dec 2004, 11:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:22 PM

The system will cater to expats’ visas and permits.

Both the ministries confirmed that the process of implementing the new system would begin today, effectively opening the way for all the formalities of applying for residence visas, work permits, labour and health cards to be carried out online, transforming current procedures, according to a joint Press release.

The announcement followed a meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday which signalled the roll-out of the project into relevant ministries and departments. Top officials involved in bringing the MOFI-led project to operational level met at the Ministry of Labour to put the final touches to the implementation programme which will take the e-Expat system forward.

Attending the meeting were Dr Khalid Al Khazraji, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Ahmed Khjoor, Assistant Under-Secretary at the ministry, and Mohammed Qambar, Director of Information Systems at the MOFI.

Commenting on the project, Dr Khazraji said: “The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs was recently mandated by the e-Government steering committee to supervise and cooperate in the implementation of the e-Expat system. We take our role under this mandate very seriously and intend to be involved at every stage in paving the way for this new system that will revolutionise our working practices.”

“While today’s announcement represents a huge step forward for e-Expat, which will have impact on more than half the population of the country, it also marks an important stage in the bigger Federal Government project to establish e-Government nationwide,” Dr Khazraji added.

Mr Qambar confirmed the meeting studied all the stages and mechanisms involved in getting e-Expat up and running. He said: “The e-Expat system is an important step on the way towards a fully implemented and comprehensive system of e-Government.”

There was also discussion at the meeting on the strategically important move of introducing national ID cards which takes effect early next year and underpins the whole system of e-Government and particularly e-Expat. The intention is that a unique ID card will be issued at the airport to every visitor to the country.

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