Once your residence visa is expired, your sponsor must soon renew it, if you wish to continue living legally in the UAE without any fines or legal consequences. The relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) gives residents 30 days grace period to stay on after the visa expiration. So it is advised to go ahead with visa renewal in advance.
As per UAE immigration fines’ system, the penalty to stay on after the expiration of the grace period is:
- AED 25 per day during the first 6 months (180 days)
- AED 50 per day during the second 6 months (180 days)
- AED 100 per day after passing a year and more.
Remember also that by expiration of visa validity, your Emirates ID card issued by Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) gets expired too simultaneously.
Updated on 06 Mar 2019