Identity and Citizenship Authority’s New Services to UAE Residents
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: In line with the UAE Government’s endeavor to make the UAE a global hub for talents, investors and established businessmen, the Federal Authority for Identity And Citizenship Services (ICA) is expanding the range of its services and facilities for UAE residents who contribute in creating the community’s fabric.
The range of services provided by the ICA are Retirement Residence Visa, Golden Residency
Visa, Transit Visa, Family Residence Visa. The main beneficiaries of these services will include
entrepreneurs, talented professionals, and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge
“The services will allow these categories to reside in the UAE for longer periods of time without
the need of sponsors, and have their families with them which provides them with a better
quality of life and higher levels of happiness,” commented Major General Mohammad Al Marri,
Director-General of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). “Our
services and facilities will help attract a greater pool of talents to the UAE, and will contribute to
achieving the Government’s vision of making the UAE a pioneer in innovations globally.”
Notably, the Golden Residency Visa is dedicated for residing without a sponsor for the person
and his family members. It also offers the possibility of sponsoring up to three workers, as well
as the person’s senior worker (counselor or executive director) along with the latter’s family
The Family Residence Visa allows UAE residents to bring their family members after meeting
the requirements of such visas. The Retirement Residence Visa grants special visa privileges to
the people over the age of 55, allowing them a long-term residence in the country.
The Transit Visa, which cannot be extended or renewed, is divided into two types enabling
travelers passing through UAE airports to visit the amazing landmarks of the country. This visa
types include a 48-hour free of charge transit visa, and a 96-hour transit visa for AED50 only,
and they can only be coordinated through the UAE national airlines. Visitors must apply prior to
the visit to obtain the visa before arriving and entering the country.
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