Expatriates seeking to renew their visas in Abu Dhabi must now submit a copy of their housing rent contract to immigration authorities as part of new terms enforced by the Ministry of Interior, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.Foreigners residing in Abu Dhabi as well as those who work in the capital and live in other emirates must also present a rent copy along with other documents required for their visa extension, the semi official Arabic language daily Alitthad said, quoting Major General Nassir Al Minhali, Ministry of Interior assistant undersecretary for naturalization and residence.
"All expatriates in the UAE are now required to submit a copy of their house rent contract when they want to have their visa renewed...they should also present valid water or power bills to support that contract," he said."This is part of a new data system enforced by the Ministry of Interior...we need accurate and comprehensive data regarding the expatriates residing in the country...this is very important as this data base will also serve applicants in their dealings with other departments," he added.
He said the new term affects families and bachelors and that residents of other emirates are also required to submit a copy of the rent contract.
More than seven million expatriates are believed to be living in the UAE, with a total population of around 8.2 million in mid 2010, according to the Statistics Bureau.