Passport Renewal

Old Feb 9th 2019, 8:53 am
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I am currently in UK between work contracts and have a UAE Residency Visa in my UK passport. My passport has 6 months validity left on it, and my UAE visa 9 months.

If I renew my UK passport now can I just re-enter UAE with both passports and they will transfer the visa from the old passport at the airport? (did this in Saudi ages ago). Or will I have to apply for a new visa for the new passport whilst in the UK? I don't have a firm start date for the new contract so am undecided on whether to just hang on to my old passport/visa combo and sort it when back in UAE but if the start date gets knocked back then I may run into this problem then.

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I am currently in UK between work contracts and have a UAE Residency Visa in my UK passport. My passport has 6 months validity left on it, and my UAE visa 9 months.

If I renew my UK passport now can I just re-enter UAE with both passports and they will transfer the visa from the old passport at the airport? (did this in Saudi ages ago). Or will I have to apply for a new visa for the new passport whilst in the UK? I don't have a firm start date for the new contract so am undecided on whether to just hang on to my old passport/visa combo and sort it when back in UAE but if the start date gets knocked back then I may run into this problem then.

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Just keep them together - you will enter on the old passport/visa combo - they will issue the new visa into the new passport when due. Most people just staple the two passports together.

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Old Feb 9th 2019, 9:48 am
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Thanks Millhouse. Isn’t my old passport cancelled when UK Passport Office issue the new one? I was going to do it all online but perhaps if I visit one of the offices they can sort it.
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Thanks Millhouse. Isn’t my old passport cancelled when UK Passport Office issue the new one? I was going to do it all online but perhaps if I visit one of the offices they can sort it.
Yes - but the visa inside it isn't cancelled.
You leave England on your new one.
You present both old and new in the UAE - but make sure you tell them you have a residence visa in the old one. They do it all the time and know what to do.





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Surely your old visa would have been cancelled when your last contract finished? If they terminated your employment at the end of the last contract then they should also have terminated the visa.
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Thanks Millhouse. Sounds straightforward enough.

Visa wasn’t cancelled as follow on consultancy work was imminent.... but project still not kicked off!
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How long has the OP been out of the UAE? Don’t visas become invalid if the holder is out of the country for six months or more?
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How long has the OP been out of the UAE? Don’t visas become invalid if the holder is out of the country for six months or more?
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Thanks Millhouse. Isn’t my old passport cancelled when UK Passport Office issue the new one? I was going to do it all online but perhaps if I visit one of the offices they can sort it.
The system is geared for this - you get your old passport back with the corner cut off - in the old days, if you still had valid visas, they bound them together with red ribbon now you have to keep them together yourself.
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Thanks for the replies. I remember having old passports with the corners cut out. Wasn’t sure how it works these days since my last passport is pushing 10 years ago.

Didnt know a UAE visa automatically becomes invalid if not in country for 6 months. Good to know. I have a few months left yet but if this new potential contract gets delayed much more then things may get tight!
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Thanks for the replies. I remember having old passports with the corners cut out. Wasn’t sure how it works these days since my last passport is pushing 10 years ago.

Didnt know a UAE visa automatically becomes invalid if not in country for 6 months. Good to know. I have a few months left yet but if this new potential contract gets delayed much more then things may get tight!
Dont staple them together. Immigration do not like staples. Just keep them together with an elastic band
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Dont staple them together. Immigration do not like staples. Just keep them together with an elastic band
very true. Especially in the UK on the egates as the machines get confused
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