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Emirates ID will replace labour card

Decision likely to be implemented by June

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 March 25, 2012
  • Gulf News

Applicants at an Emirates ID office
  • Image Credit: Abdul Rehman/Gulf News Archive
  • Applicants throng an Emirates ID office. Using the Emirates ID as a labour card will make things easier for expatriate workers, an official has said.
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Dubai: There will be no need for expatriates to have labour cards after three months, a spokesman from the ministry of labour has said.

"The document which was essential for any employee in the country will now be replaced by the Emirates ID and there will no longer be a need to have a labour card by the end of June, when the deadline for registering expatriates in the ID system expires," he said

Earlier Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash, Minister of Labour, had said that Emirates ID cards would replace labour cards by the second half of 2012.

He said the decision would be implemented as soon as the Emirates National Identity Authority (Eida) was sure that all expatriates in the UAE were registered and had applied for the Emirates ID.

"After the completion of ID registration of all expatriates in the country, the labour card will be eradicated and replaced by the Emirates ID," he said.

The spokesman said that using Emirates ID as labour card will make things easier for expatriate workers. "They will not need to carry too many cards after the ID registration is completed by June this year."

Dubai residents, whose residence visas expire this year, can register and renew their ID cards at the time of renewal of their visas.

Expatriates in Sharjah are required to register and renew their ID cards before February 1; Abu Dhabi residents must do it before April 1; and the deadline for Dubai is before June 1.

The official said that the Emirates ID is valid for two years for expatriates working in the private sector. The validity applies to also family members who are under their sponsorship.

what the ID replaces

  • The Emirates ID card is an electronic means of identification by The Emirates Identity Authority EIDA.
  • EIDA introduced the need for ID cards for all UAE residents over the age of 15 years.
  • The Emirates ID will soon replace all other identification cards for the residents such as driving licence, health card and labour card.
  • The Emirates ID validity depends on the validity of the residence visa, but the card does not need replacement when the visa is renewed.

Comments (21)

  1. Added 17:22 March 25, 2012

    If Emirates ID card is replacing of Labour Card then company will pay for emirates ID card or employee should pay this money, as before labour card is making by employer not employee.

    aby, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:00 March 25, 2012

    the card fee is too much for low and middle income person .the person who is just getting 500 dh how can he manage this fee even his employer is not paying this amount

    sohail, sharjah, Pakistan

  3. Added 16:21 March 25, 2012

    Regarding Emirates ID, we are been asked to go for it. I think it has got lot of benefits which can be added at the later stage.

    Prem D Punjabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:23 March 25, 2012

    It was announced in February those who's residency's are going to expire by the end of December 2012 and have not yet register for new Emirates Id Card they do not need to go to make new id cards they can register while renewing their residency visa. But now statement creating confusion that in the mid 2012 EID will replace the labour card. Plz clarify this confusion

    Naeem, Sharjah, Pakistan

  5. Added 14:57 March 25, 2012

    Why a person should apply for an ID card which is expiring? I have Labour workers working with me with AED600 salary, how do you expect me to let them go and apply for Emirates ID? Why companies are not paying for the Emirates ID's?

    Victor, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:20 March 25, 2012

    as i have understand to going throw with this experience this is just to keep the I.D card rather the other cards. what else the employer was paying he will do the same and any additional charges like medical and driving kind of things will be paid by employee like us so it is good. it would be little confusion in the beginning but it would be good when the system will carry on for all of us. syed jawed jabbar

    jawed jabbar, karachi, Pakistan

  7. Added 14:02 March 25, 2012

    this law is effected on visa fee will be reduce????

    kashif, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:01 March 25, 2012

    This statement needs clarification: "The Emirates ID validity depends on the validity of the residence visa, but the card does not need replacement when the visa is renewed." For sure, the person or company to whom the expired EID is presented will ask for another valid ID card. Hence, it defeats its purpose.

    Janet Tangonan, Dubai, Philippines

  9. Added 13:35 March 25, 2012

    If Emirates ID card is replacing of Labour Card then company will pay for emirates ID card or employee should pay this money, as before labour card is making by employer not employee.

    Siraj Ahmad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 11:52 March 25, 2012

    My three-year visa is expiring this year in September and my wife's visa (she is on dependent visa) is expiring in November, 2013. I haven't registered for Emirates ID yet. Do I have to get registered myself before my visa expires or after the renewal? What about my wife?

    Kamran, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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