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Moi Launches Short Visit Visa Services Through Smart Phones

14 Oct 2014
Al Khaleej
Ministry of Interior, MoI, has launched three new procedural services via smart phones, which include issuance of short-term visit visas (for 30 days), renewal of Emiratis' passports, and issuance of Certificates of Good Conduct (Criminal Status Certificates). It also launched four informatics services for the civil defense sector. The new services launched under the slogan "One Application Multiple Services" embody the U.A.E. Smart Government initiative and the police leadership's constant follow-up.

Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Head of the eServices and Smart Applications Team at MoI, explained that the new short-term visa issuance service saves time for Emiratis and residents alike, and enables individuals to apply for a 30 days visa through their smart phones, without the hassle of visiting the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs at the Naturalization Residency and Port Sector. Once the visa is issued, it will be delivered to the applicants via accredited entities designated by the MoI. He also noted that the Civil Defense informatics services provide individuals and institutions with the necessary information about compliance certificates, as well as executive approvals for architectural, gas, and decoration plans.

Major General Al Raisi also announced that the MoI is planning to launch a new bundle of services for the Traffic, Naturalization, Residency, and Civil Defense sectors; as well as other police-related services in the coming period via U.A.E.– MoI smart phones apps. "The MoI has already initiated the necessary executive procedures to expand these services and make them accessible to all citizens and residents," he said.

Al Raisi further noted that the number of individuals already using the applications that the MoI has launched early this year amount to 205,000 users to date, with an average of 54,000 uses per day of the applications; while the number of the subscribers via the Emirates ID card amounts to 62,000 users.
Last Update:: 10/14/2014