To provide greater flexibility for visitors, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security in the UAE has announced an extension option for holders of visit visas for

relatives or friends. Those with visas valid for 30, 60, or 90 days can now avail a one-time 30-day extension by paying a fee of Dh750.

Applying through the smart app

The process of applying for the visa extension has been made convenient through the smart application "UAEICP."

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To be eligible for the extension service, the visitor must be present in the country during the application process, and their passport should be valid for at least six months. The required documents for the extension include the original entry permit and a colored personal photo that meets the approved standards.

Breakdown of costs

The fee breakdown for the extension is as follows:

  • Dh500 - issuance fees • Dh100 - application fees • Dh100 - smart services fees • Dh50 - insurance and IA fees

Applications that are returned due to missing data or incomplete documents will be electronically rejected after 30 days. After three such rejections, the application will be permanently rejected.

In case of rejection, only the issuance fees and any financial guarantees provided will be refunded.

Refunds will be processed through credit card within six months from the date of application or via check or bank transfer (for UAE-based banks) within a maximum of five years.

The Federal Authority has streamlined the visit visa application process for relatives or friends abroad through their smart application, aiming to enhance the customer experience and cater to the needs of all categories of foreigners and residents in the UAE.

The Authority has set specific conditions for issuing a visit visa for a relative or friend, including proof of kinship and justifications for the visit. If the visitor is a foreign wife visiting her GCC citizen husband, she must possess a valid residence permit in her husband's country. Photo by Baldie, Wikimedia commons.