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What is E-Channel?

February 18, 2018

What is E-Channel? 

The UAE Ministry of Interior has begun a new smart service system, known as, E-Channel, for naturalization and residency services. Colonel Mansour Ahmed Al Dhaheri, Director-General of the Residence and Foreigners Affairs Directorate in Abu Dhabi has stated that "this system is being implemented under the framework of the ministry’s efforts to guarantee the delivery of the best services and achieve the UAE Vision 2021".     

How will E-Channel System improve processes?  

E-channel will improve the speed and accuracy in the issuing process for visa and residence permits, and will eliminate the need for applicants to go in person to service centres. 

What are the fees to register for the E-Channel System?  

The fees for E-channel registration consists of a refundable security deposit of AED 5,000, an initial registration amount of AED 2,000 along with an annual renewal fee of AED 1,000. These charges may vary slightly depending on the applicable licensing authority.

To find out more about E-channel, call +971 4 567 7333 or visit