In a virtual press briefing by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi, stated that the UAE authorities are exempting all expats, including holders of entry permits and residency visas, whose infractions of the law happened on or after 1 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Al Kaabi added that all fines relating ID cards and expired work permits will be discharged.
The official spokesperson of the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship (FAIC), Brigadier Al Kaabi, pointed out to “all expats to register at the FAIC portal to avail of the grace period that shall start on 18 May for up to three months. All breaches related to expired Emirates IDs and labour cards will also be cancelled.”
In a separate announcement, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced that 212 expat doctors at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will be granted a ten-year golden visa as an expression of appreciation to Dubai’s primary line of defence fighting COVID-19. There is a great respect for the UAE’s healthcare workforce, who are acknowledged for their sacrifices in the line of duty. Long-term golden visas are difficult to obtain and are usually granted to professional talents, investors, entrepreneurs, researchers in science and knowledge, and outstanding students.
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