Annual visas for citizens of Ukraine

Annual visas for citizens of Ukraine

The embassy, citing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, said that the Ukrainian citizens can apply for one-year residency visa under special provision for countries affected by wars and disasters.

Abu Dhabi: Citizens of Ukraine can apply for a permit to stay in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a period of one-year under a special procedure, the Ukrainian Embassy here has announced.

The embassy, citing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, said that the Ukrainian citizens can apply for one-year residency visa under special provision for countries affected by wars and disasters.

Due to the unprecedented situation in Ukraine, the UAE government has decided to step in and “play its part”. The application can be made via the Tas’heel centres located across Dubai.

Without being subjected to any fines, stranded tourists who arrived earlier in the UAE can also easily apply for a visa as per a resolution passed in 2018. It stated that crisis-stricken countries and war zones are subject to an extendable one-year permit in the UAE, to improve their living conditions until they’re ready to return home.

“We truly thank the UAE government and leadership for their solidarity and support for Ukrainian nationals trying to improve their living conditions before returning home,” the embassy said.

To apply for the one-year residency permit, a couple of documents will be required to proceed. A fee of 150 dirham ($41) shall be applied, exclusive medical examination and the insurance fees, the embassy has said.

Additionally, a valid passport copy valid for at least six months will be required, a colour photo, a medical fitness report, a copy of the UAE resident’s health insurance policy and an Emirates ID application form which shall need to be filled when visiting the Tas’heel centre.

Meanwhile, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has also sent 30 metric tons of emergency health aid and medical supplies in March, as part of its emergency relief efforts to assist the civilians in Ukraine.

Salem A. Al-Kaabi, the UAE’s Ambassador to Ukraine, said: “Sending an aircraft with medical supplies and relief aid is part of the UAE’s steadfast commitment to essential humanitarian needs in conflicts involving civilians.”

“To uphold its values and support those visiting the UAE, The Adecco Group now allows employees in the country to list jobs that are open only for Ukrainians.”

Without being subjected to any fines, stranded tourists who arrived earlier in the UAE can also easily apply for a visa as per a resolution passed in 2018. It stated that crisis-stricken countries and war zones are subject to an extendable one-year permit in the UAE, to improve their living conditions until they’re ready to return home.

“We truly thank the UAE government and leadership for their solidarity and support for Ukrainian nationals trying to improve their living conditions before returning home,” the embassy said.

To apply for the one-year residency permit, a couple of documents will be required to proceed. A fee of 150 dirham ($41) shall be applied, exclusive medical examination and the insurance fees, the embassy has said.

Citizens of war-torn countries of those where there are natural disasters can now stay in the Emirates for a year if they come forward to declare their status, after a resolution by the UAE Cabinet on June 18, 2018. Andrew Parsons / The National

The National

Jun 19, 2018

Citizens of war-torn countries living in the UAE who have overstayed their visas will be allowed to remain in the Emirates for a year if they come forward, declare their illegal status and apply for a stay permit.

On Monday, the UAE Cabinet, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, adopted a resolution that will grant citizens of countries in which there are wars and natural disasters extendable one-year permits — regardless of their condition of residence — from August 1 to October 31, 2018.

Those who come forward during the grace period will not face legal consequences and will be exempt from any imposed fines.

This resolution aims to help citizens of such countries improve their livelihoods and facilitate their eventual return to their homelands. It comes as part of the UAE’s efforts to help those in need and to strengthen the country’s position as an “incubator of all nationalities, acting as a second homeland,” reported state news agency Wam.

“It is also a part of the country’s principles and responsibility to support the most vulnerable people of the world as an active supporter of international peace and stability, especially in the Arab and the GCC region,” Wam said.

The resolution follows sweeping reforms made to the country’s visa laws last week when the Cabinet approved resolutions to slacken penalties for those who have overstayed their visa and for anyone who has illegally entered the country.

Previously, such offences would have resulted in a re-entry ban but now residents who overstay their visa will instead be offered the opportunity to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” passport stamp.

Additionally, a valid passport copy valid for at least six months will be required, a colour photo, a medical fitness report, a copy of the UAE resident’s health insurance policy and an Emirates ID application form which shall need to be filled when visiting the Tas’heel centre.

Meanwhile, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has also sent 30 metric tons of emergency health aid and medical supplies in March, as part of its emergency relief efforts to assist the civilians in Ukraine.

Salem A. Al-Kaabi, the UAE’s Ambassador to Ukraine, said: “Sending an aircraft with medical supplies and relief aid is part of the UAE’s steadfast commitment to essential humanitarian needs in conflicts involving civilians.”

“To uphold its values and support those visiting the UAE, The Adecco Group now allows employees in the country to list jobs that are open only for Ukrainians.”

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