New measures for issuance, renewal of residency visa do not target anyone, says the Ministry of Interior
WAM Abu Dhabi, Jun 12th, 2012 (WAM)--An official at the Ministry of Interior said the decision taken by the General Directorate for Residence and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi on the need to attach an attested copy of the tenancy contract and utility bill when applying for the issuance or renewal of the residency visa for residents, is an administrative issue.
Major General Nasser Al Awadhi Al Menhali, the Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs added that the new rule is intended to allow authorities to locate applicants' residences as addresses given in previous applications are not clear or accurate and difficult to track in time.
Responding to queries Al Menhali said those sharing accommodation must also present proof of their residence by submitting a tenancy contract or utility bill in their names.
"Those working with companies which provide them with collective accommodation must present a proof of their residence, an address and a letter from the employer showing where they reside," he added.
Al Menhali underlined that the new rule is primarily aimed at verifying residence of all expatriates living in the UAE for security and procedural reasons. "It is a security, administrative and service decision taken by the immigration and foreign affairs departments in the country".
"The decision is not targeting any party or property group but it will serve those departments seeking accurate data about foreigners' residences. This measure is not exclusive for the UAE as it is enforced in all advanced countries," he added.