A UAE residence visa grants an individual legitimacy required to work, invest and access many government services and financial facilities in the country. However, if you plan to leave the region permanently, there is no point in having one; it must be cancelled officially. Here is everything you need to know about the UAE visa cancellation process.
The individual/company who has sponsored you, can cancel your residence visa. If, however, you hold an investor visa, you can initiate the process on your own.
If your sponsor is a company, then they must first apply for the cancellation of your labour card and contract at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). Your signature is mandatory on this application. Once they get a response from MOHRE, they can apply to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security (ICP) for visa cancellation.
Your company must cancel your work permit as well. However, this can’t be done without a letter signed by you stating that you have received your dues, gratuity, repatriation expenses and other benefits that you and your company agreed upon.
Once your company has applied for the cancellation of these documents, you will soon receive a clearance statement that will help you generate a visa cancellation request at GDRFA (The General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs).
There are two ways to apply for a visa cancellation procedure in Dubai via GDRFA. You can either visit their registered typing centre or process it online through their official website.
In addition to these two methods, you can cancel your visa through GDRFA’s smart app as well.
UAE sponsors can initiate a visa cancellation request via ICP. Here are the common methods.
The grace period to leave the UAE after the cancellation of the residency visa is between 60 – 180 days depending upon the category of visa. Here is a complete breakdown.
Yes, you can, given that you follow all the protocols for tourist visa renewal in the UAE.
The validity of the visa depends upon its type and sponsor. If you already hold a residence visa, refer to Dubai visa status check by passport number to confirm its validity.
That brings an end to our guide on the UAE visa cancellation process. Make sure to learn the latest guidelines for residency visas in the UAE before taking any final decision.
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