The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi has made it easier for the people to get UAE residence visa. The service called ‘E-channels’ for visa and residence allows residents to apply online for new visas or renewal, without visiting the department.

As part of the UAE Vision 2021, the aim of the Ministry of Interior is offer to smart government services. As a result of which General Mansour Ahmed Al Dhaheri, Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi, has urged the customers to complete entry and residence permits through the E-channels, or simply submit the application via

Typing centres that are registered in the 'E-channels' are available on According to a report in the Khaleej Times, once the applicant submits the documents online or at a typing centre, they can visit any customer service centre of the department regarding renewal of residence visas.

The report further mention that those people, who are not able to use the application, they can approach authorised typing or customer service centres to have their transaction processed. Thus immigration officers and the public will be greatly aided in the visa process.