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New system to take only 5-minutes for UAE visa processing

Rejoice citizens! For you no longer will be required to visit typing centres and wait to get your visa processing done! Here is how…

A new visa system has been launched on Tuesday, which will now allow people to not visit typing centres in order to obtain their entry permits and visas, announced the Ministry of Interior.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of the Ministry of Interior has launched a new system for smart services, ‘E-Channels’, as part of the UAE 2021 Vision, which allows UAE nationals and residents to obtain entry permits and visas in only 10 minutes.

The Ministry of Interior said the new system will allow customers to have their applications completed without having to visit visa centres, adding: “This is a pioneering step to ensure speedy process and accuracy in the visa and residency services.”

It is being estimated by experts that the process should not be exceeding 10 minutes, basis the tests and trials conducted on the new system. However, if the applicant does visit a typing centre, the process is likely to only take five minutes.

The new system goes under the slogan: ‘Smart Services, Future Vision.’ Brigadier Mansour Ahmad Al Daheri, Director of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi, said the new system will be effective for all customers and aims to cut the number of customers visiting visa centres by a whopping 80 per cent in 2018.

He added that through the modern system, customers will not have to provide hardcopy documents, and can simply provide all the required documents and information through the online application process.

To your surprise, “Some entry visas may be issued within a few minutes,” added the ministry.