UAE Launches Visa Service via Smartphone
Obtaining proper visa documentation is a hassle many businessmen and travellers have had come to grudgingly become accustomed to. But this taxing process has become far easier for travellers to the United Arab Emirates!
Visa applicants no longer have to go to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, at the Naturalization Residency and Port Sector, and deal with the queues and the long waiting periods. Now, all they have to do is apply using their computer or smartphone. This is because the Ministry of Interior has introduced a revolutionary e-Services visa program. Visas for a visit lasting up to 90 days can now be obtained online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The visa application is a breeze using the using new phone app. All applicants have to do is:
- Fill out the simple and distinct application form.
- Keep scanned copies of all of the Required Documents.
- Upload the documents.
- Pay the visa fee online via a secure link.
- Receive a confirmation email that your application has been received.
- Successful applicants will receive their visas by email.
This new e-Service reflects the ministry’s intentions to streamline procedures for the public with technological advancement. Use of the smartphone app allows expats and business travelers to better manage their daily activities. By not having to visit government offices for this documentation, expatriates have more time to perform their other necessary personal and business activities, while still receiving the same high standard of service and security in their visa applications.
Streamlining will not only make the process easier for expats, but also for government operations.
Lt Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari, executive director of the Ministry of Interior’s Smart Government Programme, as indicated the ministry’s ambition to reduce the amount of customers that visit governmental visa centres by 80% by the year 2018. By reducing this foot traffic to government centres, government officials will be afforded the opportunity to improve their own operational efficiency.
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