By Staff writer
Staggered approach to renewals has been revealed by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship
Residents in the UAE can renew identity cards and visas from Sunday, according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).
The service had been temporarily suspended as a result of the lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus and it was announced that entry permits (visit/tourist visas) which expired after March 1 would be granted validity until December.
However, this was changed following new directives issued on Friday, with residents afforded a three-month grace period to renew residency visas if they have been in the country.
The authority has revealed that ID cards and visas, which expired during March and April, can be renewed from Sunday (July 12). For applications that expired in May, it will begin accepting renewal requests on August 8.
As for visas and ID cards that expired in June and between July 1 and 11, the ICA will receive applications from September 10 until the end of the month without restrictions to a specific date.
A statement from the authority said: “ICA urges everyone to take advantage of the smart services it provides, respond and adhere to the above schedule to achieve the requirements of social distancing at all stages of providing the service and to avoid paying the administrative fines.”