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Now, apply for entry permit to UAE within 15 seconds

Filed on March 22, 2019 | Last updated on March 22, 2019 at 05.27 am
Now, apply for entry permit to UAE within 15 seconds


The programme includes applications for visit visas including renewals.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has announced an automated system that allows people to apply for entry permits in 15 seconds.

Entry permit 50+ allows authorities to issue eVisa using Artificial Intelligence technologies in record time and without any need for human intervention.

The new smart service has helped finish over 5 million transactions in record time, with officials confirming 0 waiting time and achieving 99 per cent fewer visitors to service centers.

Major-General Mohammad Ahmed Al Marri, director general of GDRFA, said applicants can apply through the authority's smart app or website. The AI system will quickly scan documents before issuing visas on spot.

"We have been testing the system all year long, and it proved to achieve full accuracy, even more than human employees." He added, "By 50+, we mean we are moving 50 years forward."

Col. Dr Omar Ali Saeed Al Shamsi, assistant director general for entry and residency permits, said the system is connected to other government entities, which allows faster document checks.

"For example, the system checks medical certificate based on records from the health authorities." The application time has been reduced from previous 4-6 hours, to now reach only 15 seconds.

The system also tracks suspicious or wanted individuals, sending their information to security authorities. Al Shamsi confirmed that the new system gives no room for security threats.

He added the programme includes applications for visit visas including renewals.



Sherouk Zakaria

"Born and raised in UAE, Sherouk Zakaria is a Senior Correspondent at Khaleej Times. Joined since May 2016, she covers Dubai Municipality, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), special events and humanitarian issues. Her choice of journalism as a career stems from her passion of telling people's stories and writing to inspire or make a difference. In her free time, she's an occasional theater and film actress. Sherouk received her BA in Mass Communications from the American University in Sharjah in 2013. Before joining Khaleej Times, she was a senior lifestyle/entertainment editor for a magazine in Dubai."

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