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We took all the papers to the Daman office in Mussafah and they issed the card within 30 minutes.
By giving everything to a 3rd party - you are at the whim of how quickly they deal with the paperwork.
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Thanks for the quick response. I never knew it was that easy, but I called Daman several times to know about the process and they insisted I apply through the 'company' or the sponsor. I told them I am a freelancer and can buy insurance on my own but the customer care responses were weird and different each time. I am not sure how you got it in 30 min, the customer care tells it takes 5 working days at max because it involves approvals from authorities.

Anyways, can you tell me what are the next steps ? I believe my PRO is fast as it got my entry permit next day in normal processing which was supposed to take 10 working days.

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Thanks for the quick response. I never knew it was that easy, but I called Daman several times to know about the process and they insisted I apply through the 'company' or the sponsor. I told them I am a freelancer and can buy insurance on my own but the customer care responses were weird and different each time. I am not sure how you got it in 30 min, the customer care tells it takes 5 working days at max because it involves approvals from authorities.

Anyways, can you tell me what are the next steps ? I believe my PRO is fast as it got my entry permit next day in normal processing which was supposed to take 10 working days.
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Probably a bit late to do it yourself now, if you have already given everything to the PRO.
In our experience, we just did most of it ourselves - rather than rely on the PRO.
You need the insurance card - before visa will get stamped in passport.
There is always a big difference between answers you get on the phone and going to each place in person.
In person, we try to charm them into helping us get things done quickly - we usually take our 9 year old son to charm the Emirati women with his Arabic skills - they really respond well to him and that helps us!!
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Probably a bit late to do it yourself now, if you have already given everything to the PRO.
In our experience, we just did most of it ourselves - rather than rely on the PRO.
You need the insurance card - before visa will get stamped in passport.
There is always a big difference between answers you get on the phone and going to each place in person.
In person, we try to charm them into helping us get things done quickly - we usually take our 9 year old son to charm the Emirati women with his Arabic skills - they really respond well to him and that helps us!!
Cheers
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Actually, DAMAN tells me that only basic plan (with premium 600 AED/annum) can be bought on the spot and they say I am not eligible for it. Are you referring to the same insurance plan ?

In any case, I see there is simply too little information on the internet on most of the processes in UAE. Even I failed to get step by step process of visa filing despite several emails to/replies from PRO. I decided to get Emirates ID and medical myself. Got the medical test results in 3 hours by paying 500 AED. But then was asked to proceed to the queue for biometrics which was HUGE. Went back to PRO to ask him what to do with biometrics and came to know if I had applied for Emirates ID through PRO, he would have got an appointment for biometrics. But now since I did medical screening in AHS near Khalifa hospital, the only next step was to stand in queue. Had to stand in queue from 11 AM till 6:00 PM !!!! So I decided to give everything to PRO now ...The procedures are too complex with incomplete documentation with lots of ifs and buts.

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Have you tried ADNIC for medical insurance?
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Have you tried ADNIC for mesical insurance?
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I sent them an email but never heard back. Are there procedures better and different ?

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I sent them an email but never heard back. Are there procedures better and different ?
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Worth a try - but dont use email.
Either go to their office or phone their call centre.
Had their Platinum package when i worked for a company in Dubai and it was very good.
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Worth a try - but dont use email.
Either go to their office or phone their call centre.
Had their Platinum package when i worked for a company in Dubai and it was very good.
Cheers
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Hmm, can I speak to them now given that PRO has taken my application to Daman (although payment is still not done) ? Also, how much time it takes to get the residency visa stamped once health card is approved ? Is there any intermediate step after health card is issued and residence visa is applied ?

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Hmm, can I speak to them now given that PRO has taken my application to Daman (although payment is still not done) ? Also, how much time it takes to get the residency visa stamped once health card is approved ? Is there any intermediate step after health card is issued and residence visa is applied ?
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Always worth a quick call.
Cant remember the exact procedure - had so many visas in Dubai & Abu Dhabi and the procedure changes each time and is still a bit of a mystery to me!
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Have you tried ADNIC for medical insurance?
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Abu Dhabi visa is really complex affair. I just called ADNIC and they said I am not eligible to buy the insurance on my own, only the company can apply. In my case, there is no company - I am a freelancer who pays for all the visa and insurance costs. I now believe I had no other option other than apply through PRO in media free zone. Still waiting for the invoice and health card to come and only when I pay for the insurance the free zone will process stamping of residence visa.

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Out of interest - why did you choose Abu Dhabi for your visa, when there are simpler and less expensive options available from other Emirates?
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