The visa reforms that were passed by the Cabinet in May and June this year will soon to be put in place by The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). In May this year, the cabinet had approved a scheme that would lend a 10-year visa to individuals of merit. The ICA, in its meeting of the Board of Directors, said that it was well equipped to implement the new visa regulations and also to deliberate on a legislative package that will re-examine the prevailing rules for residency. This legislative package was passed by the Cabinet in June that also seeks to allow students completing their university education to get a two-year residency extension.
The Board of Directors of the ICA has brought about key measures that will facilitate the implementation of the cabinet decisions within a predetermined period of time. The Cabinet’s prudent decisions on bringing about a revamped set of visa rules have also been unanimously applauded by the board. The board said that the cabinet was indeed very considerate to have agreed to examine every policy from a humanitarian prism. The humanitarian and benevolent nature of the decisions was apparent when the cabinet announced a one-year visa for those who seek reprieve from the horrors of war and natural disasters and also a visa amnesty scheme.