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The decision came after the current situation was studied in detail to ensure that there were no negative effects or repercussions on various sectors.
The Cabinet approved the cancellation of the decision regarding the validity of residency visas for expatriates, who are in or outside the country and if their visas expired between March 1 and 31, 2020.
The decision on the validity of visas and entry permits for those inside the country from March 1, 2020, until the end of December of this year stands cancelled.
The decision on identity cards that expired on March 1, 2020, being considered valid until the end of December 2020, will also be cancelled.
The Resolution will come into effect from July 11, 2020.
The Council instructed the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to start collecting the fees due for providing services from July 12, 2020.
The Cabinet also cancelled the decision to stop the activation of administrative fines for violations mentioned in the decisions of the Cabinet that organise the services provided by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship as of July 11, 2020.
The decision directed the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to start collecting the fees due for providing services as of July 12, 2020.
The Cabinet decided to grant three months to citizens, Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, citizens, and residents inside the country for renewal of their documents.
It also agreed to grant one month to citizens, GCC citizens and residents from the date of their arrival in the country (who spent less than six months outside the country) to renew their documents.
It also approved granting residents who are outside the country and whose residency expired after March 1, 2020, or who have exceeded a period of six months outside the country, a period to return to the country from the date of opening the airspace between the two countries according to a time frame determined by a decision issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, ICA.
It also endorsed that any administrative fees or fines must be collected after the deadlines specified in this resolution, and no financial fines for the exemption period will be collected. Administrative fees and financial fines will be reactivated on all services provided by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship as of July 12, 2020.
The Cabinet instructed that the current services should be provided through electronic systems as far as possible to facilitate and limit the crowding of customers.
The service departments in the country should consider the renewed electronic identity card in the smart application of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship until the issuance of the identity card.
This step coincides with the return of normalcy in various fields and sectors, and the return of the international air traffic in a relative manner, as the national carriers in the country announced the launching of repatriations flights.
In conjunction, the government departments prepared to receive clients while applying the best preventive measures and social distancing standards, which enable all segments of society to obtain services safely.
Sheikh Hamdan said on Twitter, “We opened, "Salem Smart Centre" to check the medical fitness... The centre employs the techniques of the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things to provide exceptional service…”
Announced last year, the Golden Visa, a 10-year permanent visa, is granted to doctors, scientists, innovators, researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs for their contribution in enhancing the development of their respective sectors.
Only a couple of hundreds among US citizens in the UAE want to go back home as they may have personal commitments, especially during summer time, John Rakolta, the US Ambassador to the UAE, told WAM, in a telephone interview.
On Monday the health ministry said around 280,000 cases and 4,106 deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours. Both numbers are almost certainly undercounts.
Nearly 150,000 people were moved from their homes in the Indian state of Gujarat to safety on Monday and authorities closed ports and a main airport as the most intense cyclone in more than two decades roared up the west coast.
In a camp for Syrian refugees in east Lebanon, Mohammad and his three sisters fear they will be out of school for a third consecutive year because remote learning is out of reach.
The UAE also emphasised the need to respect the role of the brotherly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in protecting holy places under international law and to put an end to all aggression and practices that lead to continued tension and stalemate.