Smart Dubai: Residency Applications to Be Processed in 40 Minutes  
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Smart Dubai: Residency Applications to Be Processed in 40 Minutes  

‘Dubai Now’ App offers 88 digital government services  

TLME News Service

Smart Dubai has launched UAE ‘Residency’ application services in partnership with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai via its Dubai Now application.

The Dubai Now e-services platform allows the emirate’s residents to conduct city transactions from the convenience of their smartphones.

The ‘Residency’ service facilitates the transactions and procedures required to issue residency visas for members of the community.

Flexible and efficient, the process takes less than 40 minutes, saving time and effort for all applicants. Users need only 10 minutes to complete their application, which then takes 30 minutes to two working days to be approved.

Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai, explained: “Developing the bundle of government services offered through the Dubai Now app is in line with the Dubai Paperless Strategy 2021, through which Dubai  government is looking to digitise all internal and external government transactions, establishing itself as a fully paperless administration by December 2021 and saving more than one billion pieces of paper consumed by Dubai Government entities every year.

“The cluster of ‘Residency’ services on the Dubai Now application will, without a doubt, serve a significant segment of the community, making their lives easier.”

His Excellency Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, noted: “So far, all residency services were only available through our smart channels and ‘Amer’ service centres located around the Emirate of Dubai.

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“The services include issuance, renewal, amendment, and cancellation of residencies, in addition to amendment of status and transfer of sponsorship. All these services are now available on the Dubai Now application.

“In collaboration with Smart Dubai, the Directorate is introducing its services on the app in successive stages, the first of which will be transferring the ‘Visa Status’ service to Dubai Now, allowing users (individuals or organisations) to determine whether or not their residency is valid, as well as the ‘Residency Management’ service, where users can renew their residencies or those of their spouses, children, and parents.

“Phase one will also include a service allowing users to obtain entry permits for their spouses, children, or parents.”

H.E. Al Marri noted that visa applications have been made easy and can now be submitted via the smart application and completed in minutes, provided all requirements are met.

As many as 350 people have used the Dubai Now application to issue or renew residency visas for their dependants since the service was announced last month.

The service saves users nearly AED200 in fees incurred on every new residency application, as well as AED100 on renewals, which are usually printing fees.

The Dubai Now application offers 88 services by 33 participating entities on a single platform.

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