Visa counters open for emergencies

Visa counters will accept customers in urgent cases.

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By  Elizabeth Drachman Published  November 9, 2004

Both the Dubai and Sharjah residency departments have set up emergency counters for customers who need to obtain or renew their visit visas during the official mourning period and the Eid holidays. The counter will also deliver visas that are ready, according to news reports. “The counters will help in urgent cases only. This includes obtaining visit visas for careers, expectant wives or ill people. Renewal of visit visas and the cancellation of residence visas in emergency cases will also be processed. The section will also accept applications from UAE nationals wanting to obtain and renew passports for urgent cases - including newborns who are ill and need to travel abroad for treatment. The investigation and follow-up section will receive absconding reports and issue departure permits,” said Brigadier Saeed Mattar Bin Bleilah, director-general of the department. The counters will also deal with passport delivery for companies and the cancellation of domestic workers’ visas. They will be open daily from 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday to Wednesday. The department counter at the airport is open but will only accept applications for urgent cases. The departments will officially reopen on 20 November.

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