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Khaleej Times reports that the United Arab Emirates is leveraging technology to expedite residency permit applications. Specifically, physical fitness test results, a requirement for new and renewed residency permits, are being delivered electronically by the Dubai Health Authority directly to the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). Previously, applicants had to manually retrieve and deliver the results. The new system notifies applicants via text message that their results have been delivered and that they should proceed to DNRD to complete further paperwork.
Officials estimate that the system can process 40,000 tests a month, with each result taking approximately five days to process. Nevertheless, applicants with an urgent need can apply for test results to be transferred within 24 hours.
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