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No fines for residency visa violations in UAE until the end of the year

No fines for residency visa violations in UAE until the end of the year

The decision was announced following a virtual cabinet meeting on Sunday

Sheikh Mohammed

On Sunday, April 5, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced a decision to cancel all residency visa fines until the end of the year.

The decision was announced following a virtual cabinet meeting on Sunday.

A statement on the ruler’s official Twitter page read: “We decided to direct the authorities to exempt the owners of residency from fines until the end of the year and also to strengthen the strategic stock of the state and direct factories to support the needs of the health sector in the state.”

He added: “We also followed up during the meeting on the new precautionary measures and mechanisms for continuing government actions. We adopted the federal draft law on mental health and the executive regulations for private health facilities in order to raise the level of the quality of their services. We also approved other regulations on the use of information technology in health fields.”

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The decision comes at a time when most international flights, including transit flights, remain suspended as part of the Covid-19 precautionary measures in place in the country.

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On March 26, the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced that work permits and residence visas will be issued and renewed automatically for labourers employed by companies and support service staff such as domestic workers.

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“The UAE today is moving as one team and cooperating as one family. All individuals are helping and supporting one another to cross this exceptional period the world is facing today. We thank God for this good spirit, for this safe country, and for such a great and united people,” Sheikh Mohammed added.

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