The ICA said the Emiratis ID will serve as
proof for residents because it contains information about their
residents’ visa status. This means the Emirates ID and passport number can
be used by the airlines to validate residency-related information.
Expatriates’ passports are stamped with
resident visas valid for two, three, five, or ten years.
It must be noted that an expired Emirates ID
card must be renewed within 30 days of expiration. Otherwise, late fees will be
assessed. A resident’s visa can only be renewed when it has been restored or
granted in the UAE.
Emirates ID is the UAE Government-issued
identity card for the UAE’s citizens and residents. It is mandatory for all UAE
citizens and residents to apply for an Emirates ID.
Update on cancellation of UAE Residence Visa
According to an update issued by the UAE
carrier, “Instead of resident stickers and stamps, Emirates ID cards will be
used as proof of valid UAE residency. All passengers must have valid
Emirates ID cards. Passengers who do not have a valid Emirates ID card will not
be accepted for travel.”
Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Acting
Director-General for Foreigners Affairs and Ports at ICA, said;
In order to provide transitional flexibility
toward adopting the identity card as an alternative, the previous form of
residency stickers will only be available online via the authority’s smart
authority has developed all necessary technical facilities to obtain the
details of individuals’ residency through a printed form that can be applied
for, through individuals’ accounts using the authority’s smart app or website,”
Residents can go to the authority’s website and
print the residency details form by following three simple steps.
New Process For Verifying Residency
The ICA stated that it has already cooperated
with stakeholders in the aviation sector to allow holders of valid residency
visas who are outside the nation, as well as visitors, to enter the country by
validating their identification through a passport reader available on
Airlines can now confirm residency status using
the passport number and Emirates ID.
The decision to discontinue visa stickers was
made by the UAE Cabinet in order to streamline the process of issuing and
renewing resident visas, which would now be connected to the Emirates ID.
New Generation of Emirates IDs
The change came after the unveiling of a new
generation of Emirates IDs last year. Authorities have already begun to
distribute the new card.
Customers can acquire a soft copy of their ID
after submitting a request for issuance or renewal. According to the
authorities, the new generation of Emirates ID cards issued to residents
includes all of the information previously indicated on the residence sticker,
including personal and professional data, the issuer, and other readable and
non-readable data on the card’s front.
This also implies that the granting or renewal
of resident visas and Emirates IDs will be combined into a single application.