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Some returning UAE residents are getting ICA approval in minutes

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As Dubai officially reopens its airports for returning residents, getting ICA approval made it also easier. 

Many residents are reportedly having a hard time getting the approval from the Federal Authority for Identity And Citizenship since last month. 

As per Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, all returning residents are mandated to secure approval from the GDRFA through its newly launched return permit service. 

Residents are advised to only book a ticket to Dubai once their applications are approved by the Dubai authorities. 

To secure an approval, follow the process below: 

Step 1: Click this link: https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx

Residents are advised to use desktop or PC to fill the form as currently the mobile version is not working properly. 

Step 2: Find your profile by providing your residence number (file num) from your visa page, nationality, and year of birth. 

Once you click the ‘Search’ button, you’ll be able to see your name in English and Arabic with nationality and visa expiry date. 

If the page shows correct information, you may click on ‘Continue’ to begin form filling. 

Step 3: Input your travel information (place where you’re currently at) and select ‘Dubai International Airport -DXB’ as your arrival port. 

Write your personal email address where you want your approval to be sent. 

Step 4: When uploading documents, make sure that you’re attaching clear copies. Required documents to be attached are valid passport, residence visa, and Emirates ID copy. 

Step 5: The last step includes fees and payment but since the service is free, just click ‘Post’. 

Once the application is sent, you will immediately receive an email from GDRFA Smart Channel with your filled details. 

Normally, applicants receive the approval after one or two days from the date of application but there are instances where they receive it in minutes. 

If your application is rejected, you can still re-apply on the same link. 

Ryan Namia
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