How to cancel your UAE resident visa is a relatively straightforward process. The United Arab Emirates Visa cancelation process is easier than the process of applying for a resident visa. But, it’s really important to get the Resident visa cancelation has properly while making sure the cancelation been updated in the immigration system.
Go through this UAE visa cancelation essential guide prepared by Arabiers UAE Visa experts, which elaborate informative details on Employment, Family, and visit visa cancelation in UAE.
If you have been working in the United Arab Emirates under an Employment visa, the Cancelation of that Employment resident visa comprises 2 basic steps.
To cancel Labor card in the Ministry of Labor one separate Application needs to be submitted. Theron again, another second application has to be submitted. Ministry of foreign affairs to cancel the Employment visa. This process must be done by your visa sponsor (employer), and it cannot be done on your own. Usually, the visa sponsor will need to produce an Original ID card, a copy of your current passport, a copy of your resident visa page, an E-signature card of the authorized signatory, a Copy of the company's trade license, a Copy of the Labor establishment card, and a copy of the Immigration establishment card. you must follow the company's procedure of resignation and keep good conduct with your company as well as the country's law for a smooth process of getting your employment visa cancelled in UAE.
1. Printing the application at the respective service center (Tasheel or Amer centers or local typing center) or online (Ministry's e-forms program – GDRFA / smart channel)
2. Signing the application by the sponsor/the authorized signatory
3. Provide the relevant documents and initiate the process
Cancelation of labor card temporarily in the Ministry of Labor and electronically forwarding the information to GDRFA to cancel your resident visa permit
Sponsor or Authorized person visit General directorate of Residency & foreign affairs.
General Directorate of Residency & foreign affairs sends the electronic confirmation to cancel the labor card permanently.
A sponsor of a Family visa could cancel the visa only through an authorized typing center or at the immigration office. The Typing center or the Amer/Tasheel center will fill out your cancelation form and submit the cancelation request online through an online portal. Generally, Cancelation approval receives within an hour.
If you chose a typing center for the cancelation, upon approval, you will be given only the cancelation copy printout. (You will not receive a cancelation stamp on the visa page in the passport, and it's not mandatory). However, if you wish to get the cancelation seal on the passport visa page, you better either submit the cancelation directly at the immigration branch office or else bring your cancelation paper given by the typing center along with the applicant's original passport to get the cancelation stamp in the passport for free.
Visitors who got approved UAE visas sometimes get confused about whether they need to cancel this unused valid visa if in case they are not travelling to UAE due to different reasons. the answer is they don’t need to cancel the visa. Because, the UAE immigration department has given 60 days validity for that visa from the date the tourist/visit/ leisure visa is issued, and after 2 months, that visa will be automatically invalid. So, it's unnecessary to cancel the visa by paying the cancellation fee.
If in case after getting approved UAE tourist/visit/ leisure visa, you feel you have applied shorter visa than the expected length of stay during the visit/tour OR if your company or family applying for a resident entry permit, then it's mandatory to cancel the earlier tourist/visit/leisure visa by paying the visa fee. The visa sponsor can request to cancel the approved visa whenever necessary and pay the fee.
After your Employment visa and Family visa cancelation, if you would like to stay furthermore in UAE, better you can read the below details to make it easy.
Those who are resigning from their job and wanting to look for new job prospects, those who are planning to move out of UAE by cancelling resident visas, and those who send their family members to their home country due to studies or various reasons have the easiest option. That is getting a new tourist visa / visit visa with or without exit. As soon as your Employment visa or Family visa cancelation is done, you will get 28 grace period to stay in the country for free (in your cancelation paper, the last date is mentioned)
Near the end of the cancelled visa grace period, you can choose one of the below options to stay longer in UAE or visit UAE back.
Staying away outside of United Arab Emirates for more than consecutive 6 months will automatically cancel your resident visa, and if you don’t enter the country before completing 6 months won’t allow entry later using the same visa. Therefore, in such a situation, you do not need to come back to UAE to cancel the visa in case you have no idea about coming back to UAE again in the future.
If you leave the country without proper cancellation of employment resident visa, which is followed by employer information resignation, which complied with employment termination procedures (Labor cancelation and employment permit cancellation), perhaps your employer will report you as an absconding person, which leads to banned you in UAE. This will result from new visa application rejections, and even if you manage to travel to UAE, there is a chance you might get arrested at the airport.
So, it is always advisable to follow up with proper visa cancellation of your resident visa and collect proof of cancelation (cancelation paper and or cancelation stamp on passport visa page) before leaving United Arab Emirates to avoid issues with your future visa applications.
For some unavoidable reason, you might be unable to travel back to UAE for 6-months, and obviously, it will result automatic invalidation of your UAE resident visa. To travel back to UAE, again, you will need to get the previous visa properly cancelled even though it's invalid. Those who went without informing the company (Sponsor) have no options left behind, rather than pursuing the companies and coming to an amicable solution.
As soon as the current expired residence visa is cancelled, a company or family member can re-apply for a new residence visa. You will get an entry permit to travel to UAE where, as you need to do a medical test, Emirates ID & visa stamping in the passport again. Those who want a tourist/visit visa can apply through a visa agent or sponsored by a family member. After your entry using a tourist/visit visa, you may change the visa status to residence visa followed by status change stamping, medical test, Emirates ID & visa stamping.
While you are outside UAE, getting the employment visa cancellation is a bit hectic, since you must be only able to achieve it through the current visa sponsor. As long as you have genuine reason, the employer can cancel your visa, and if you have any issues or debt with the company, then indeed, it will be harder to negotiate with the company being out of the country.
Before you get your UAE visa cancelled and leave the UAE, remember to settle everything carefully. Any wrongdoing will result in the refusal of a new tourist or residence visa;
After cancelation, you have 28 days grace period to either amend your status and get another residence visa or leave the country. Fines do not apply during the grace period of a cancelled visa. If you overstay after the grace period is over, then you will be fined as follows:
If you do an inside country visa without exiting the country, AED 125 for the first day is not being charged, and as per the immigration system shows, before the status change, the fine should be settled.
You can do cancelations from the nearest typing center, Amer service centers in Dubai, and Tasheel centers in Abu Dhabi.
Usually 1 day, sometimes employment visas take longer than 1 day as it depends
It’s not possible, an employer must canceling your residence visa. If you have any issues related to your employment, you can raise them with the labor department, which will be sorted out as soon as possible. Without informing the employer, travelling to your home country and staying more than 6 months will make trouble in your career. Employer only can cancel your residence visa.
It is completely alright, after, initiating e-government in UAE, no stamp is required. Better you collect the cancelation paper for your reference and keep it as proof of the cancelation.
You can’t, and even if you manage to travel from your country to UAE, you will be flown back again if in case you won’t allow entry unless you are an on-arrival listed country passport holder. (Depends on case basis)
If you have any issues related to your passport, you can call and raise a complaint to the labor department, and even you can complain against your employer in the police.