Middle East

E-system to replace visa stickers in UAE

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UAE residency visa stickers, which are placed on passport pages, would be replaced by a new electronic system, the Ministry of Interior said. The General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs had reportedly discussed the possibility during a meeting held in Ajman last week.

The proposal comes in line with Vision 2021 and is indicative of a general migration to smart digital services that reduce paperwork, time and effort.

During the Ajman meeting, officials reviewed a similar initiative currently taking place in Ajman. The pilot phase of the Ajman initiative has been running successfully so far, which shows a 50 per cent drop in time taken to apply for and receive a resident visa.

The ministry has authorised typing centres in Abu Dhabi to print entry permits for the first time since the launch of the new smart visa system.