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UAE Emirates ID to replace residency visa in passports

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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UAE residency visas issued Emirates cards rather

The UAE residency visas will be issued through Emirates ID cards rather than paper stickers in passports From 11th April 2022 as per the circular issued by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICA) to the General Civil Aviation Authority.
The residency visa stamp is a sticker applied on the holder's passport once they complete the residency procedures and that stamp has information such as the sponsor details, date of issue and expiry date and residency file number.


With this change, UAE residents will no longer have to stamp their residency visas on their passports.
After this replacement now the Emirates ID card will include all details which were mentioned previously in the residency stamp such as personal and professional data along with the issuer and other readable as well as non-readable data on the face of the card.


The Federal Authority for Identity, Nationality, Customs, and Port Security confirmed the change on Tuesday, 5th April 2022 and said that the decision was taken in order to reduce the steps associated with the process of issuing and renewing residency visas and be linked to the Emirates ID.
The issuance or renewal of residency visas and Emirates IDs will now be in one application as proposed by the change. The Acting Director of General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Major General Saeed Rakan al-Rashidi, said that the new ID card visas are part of wider government policies to improve their services. He further said that the previous form of residency stamps will only be available online via the authority's smart application.


This new procedure will now be circulated to airlines so that they can verify the validity of residences through the Early Enquiry Centre by checking their passport number and Emirati ID card, which contains their residency information.


This decision of replacement was issued in the implementation of the wise leadership directives of upgrading services for the ultimate goal of achieving customer happiness.

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