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Dubai's visa processing time reduced to just 5 days

03:28 PM | 6 Mar, 2024
Dubai's visa processing time reduced to just 5 days

DUBAI - In a move aimed at facilitating employees, the authorities in Dubia have announced drastic reductions in the time and paperwork required for processing residency visas and work documents.

Under the "Zero Bureaucracy" plan, the authorities have cut the processing time for bringing a new employee on board from 30 days to just five.

The initiative, spearheaded by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, aims to streamline government procedures and enhance overall efficiency.

Under the new plan, the number of required documents has been significantly reduced from 16 to five, marking a substantial simplification of the process.

The plan, unveiled by Sheikh Mohammed, is a part of the broader Invest in Dubai platform, which is set to provide services to over 275,000 companies in Dubai during its initial phase. The initiative encompasses various services, including issuing work and residency permits for new employees, renewing residency permits, conducting medical fitness tests for residency visas, canceling work permits, and Emirates ID fingerprint scans.

While the platform primarily operates online, certain procedures such as medical checks and fingerprint scanning still necessitate in-person visits. However, the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) has significantly expedited processing times, reducing them by more than 75% without the need for human intervention.

Collaborating entities in this platform include Dubai Health, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Dubai Economy and Tourism, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security, as well as the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA).

Lt Gen Mohammed Al Marri, the general director of GDRFA-Dubai, anticipates a 25% increase in service transactions following the launch of the new platform, emphasizing that the streamlined process consolidates multiple procedures into a single form, thereby reducing both steps and visits required.

The impact of the initiative extends beyond efficiency gains, with expectations to reclaim over 60 million working days previously spent on renewal processes within the government framework. Moreover, it is projected to curtail 25 million procedures annually, resulting in substantial savings for both governmental and private sectors.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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