Dubai Reduces Work and Residency Visa Processing Time to 5 Days with New Platform

Dubai Reduces Work and Residency Visa Processing Time to 5 Days with New Platform

Five documents are needed instead of 16, thanks to the integrated procedure.

Thanks to the new Work Bundle platform, which was released on Wednesday, the processing time to complete all required paperwork to get work permits and resident visas has been shortened from nearly one month to five days.

Lt-Gen Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director-general of the GDRFA, at a Press conference on Wednesday — KT Photo: Angel Tesorero
Lt-Gen Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director-general of the GDRFA

According to authorities at a news briefing, the integrated approach will also cut down on the number of documents required from 16 to five and the frequency of visits to service centers from 7 to 2.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (Mohre), the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the Department of Economy and Tourism, and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) are just a few of the government entities whose procedures are integrated into Work Bundle.

Prior to its implementation in other emirates, it is initially launched in Dubai.

The Work Bundle platform, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President, Prime Minister, and ruler of Dubai, will

"facilitate, simplify, and shorten the procedures for residency and work (permits) in the country."

"62 million working days that were previously used for the renewal of residency and employment contracts inside government frameworks are expected to be recovered via the new Work Bundle platform. It is anticipated that this project will reduce 25 million procedures annually, which will result in significant savings for the public and private sectors.

He gave UAE ministries and federal organizations orders last month to eliminate at least 2,000 procedures and cut processing times in half within a year.


Which services fall within the Work Bundle's integration?

All employment services, including renewal, cancellation, medical examination, and fingerprinting, can now be completed on a single platform.

The platform is accessible on the "Invest in Dubai" website and mobile app during the initial phase. After that, it will be made available on the "Work in UAE" website as well as several other government digital platforms.

Which government agencies are using the Work Bundle platform together?

Among the entities are DHA, Mohre, ICP, and GDRFA. The Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and Digital Dubai, which provide digital services and infrastructure connecting government agencies, are supporting the project.

What goals does Work Bundle aim to achieve?

As part of the UAE's digital transformation, "Work Bundle" simplifies the process of starting and running private enterprise businesses by providing them with a single platform rather than five. Procedures that required sixteen documents and fifteen steps are reduced to five steps and five documents. In addition, there will be a reduction in the number of trips to government organizations from seven to just two, which will cut down on the number of waiting and processing days from thirty to five working days.

How might Work Bundle help workers who are based overseas?

Completing the single application and granting the employee a work permit are the first steps in hiring a new foreign worker. After that, the worker needs to finish the residence requirements, which include getting a medical checkup and getting an Emirates ID card.

In the meantime, the owner of the business must complete the unified application for the renewal service. The employee then completes the Emirates ID issuance process and the medical checkup.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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