UAE visa renewal for widows, divorced women within 48 hours

Filed on October 23, 2018 | Last updated on October 23, 2018 at 06.36 am
UAE visa renewal for widows, divorced women within 48 hours


The announcement comes following sweeping changes to visa regulations in the country.

Widows and divorced women can now extend their visa for one year at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) center in Dubai Festival City (DFC), officials said on Monday.

The announcement comes following sweeping changes to visa regulations, under new reforms enacted by the UAE cabinet, which allow widows and divorced women and their children to extend their visa for one year without a sponsor.

Under the new scheme, students sponsored by their parents will also get a two-year visa after Grade 12; and visit visa holders can apply for a 30-day extension for two times without having to leave the country.

New visa scheme implemented in UAE

Officials confirmed that visas for students and visitors can now be processed across Amer and Tasheel centers across Dubai.

Meanwhile, visa applications for widows and divorced women are processed at the GDRFA center of DFC to grant the female applicants the privacy they need.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jasem Ali Ahli, director of entry permits in GDRFA, told the media on Monday that 12 female employees will receive cases at the centre to grant applicants enough comfort to discuss their cases.

"These cases are sensitive. We understand such cases cannot be discussed at centers' counters, so we dedicated a private office in GDRFA center of DFC where female officials will specifically handle cases of widows and divorced women," Ahli said.

Visa renewal applications take up to 48 hours to be processed to grant widows and divorced women the chance to sponsor themselves - and their children- for one year if they did not have male sponsors in the country.

"If widows and divorced women didn't have a male sponsor in the country, they can sponsor themselves and their children for one year," said Ahli.

Applicants and their children, though, must be under the husband's visa at the time of the death or divorce, and the visas must not have expired.

To extend their visa, applicants must present an official divorce or death certificate, the old visa and proof that they can provide for the family. A Dh100 fee will apply for the one-year residence visa, and another Dh100 to cancel the old visa, Ahli said.

The children's residency period does not exceed that of the mother.

The center will be open for applications from 7:30am to 2:30pm.

Applicants can call 047074255 for further information.

Conditions and requirements for one-year residency visa for widows and divorced women

>The mother and children must be under the husband's visa at the time of the death or divorce, and the visas must not have expired

>The woman should present proof of divorce or death of the husband

>Proof that the mother can provide for the family

>Medical fitness certificate for the mother and children over the age of 18, in addition to the Emirates identity card

>No need to pay extra money upon leaving the country after the one-year visa has expired

>Dh100 fee for the one-year residence visa

>Dh100 cancellation fee for the old visa of the mother and children

>A tenancy contract, which should be in the name of woman


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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