The latest round of new visa rules in the UAE has seen the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) confirming that UAE resident may now renew residency visas of their 18-year-old secondary school or university 'dependants' – which refers to immediate family members, such as wife or children – for up to two consecutive years, effectively eliminating the need to apply for such visas through humanitarian appeals.
ICA said the residency permit would be valid for a year with the option to renew for an additional year.
The new visa rule can be applied from the date of the dependant’s completion of secondary school or university education, or even those just reaching the age of 18.
Guardians will no longer have to apply for such visas through humanitarian appeals, which required a deposit of $1,361 (AED5,000).
ICA said applicants may apply through residency and naturalisation offices, or other government-approved outlets, for these 18-year-old visa options for a cost of $27 (AED100) for the permit or its renewal.
Additionally, the authority said tourists would now be provided visa waivers for children under 18 years of age that are visiting the UAE with their parents.
The waiver is effective from 15 July to 15 September each year, and can be used for children aged under 18 provided they are accompanied to the UAE by a parent – regardless of the validity age of the parent’s visa.
The UAE's state news agency, Wam, said the new tourism visa fee waivers can be obtained through ICA’s smart app, or https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/default.html#/login?langar.