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Emirates ID card to be linked to visa renewal

Mandatory registration in Western Region to start from Sunday

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader,Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 April 20, 2011
  • Gulf News

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Abu Dhabi: The national ID card registration will be linked with residence visa issuance and renewal in Western Region in Abu Dhabi from Sunday, the Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) announced on Tuesday.

The preventive medicine centres (PMC) conducting visa medical tests at Madinat Zayed, Sila and Delma will start linking the process with ID card registration from April 24. The PMC in Ghaythi will link the medical test with ID card registration on May 1.

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This will require all expatriates in the Western Region residents to apply for the ID card before applying for or renewing their visas, said a statement issued by Emirates ID. A resident's visa application form should have the Emirates ID's seal, as proof of registration.

Residents can visit authorised typing centre to fill out the application form and pay the fee, complete the visa medical test at a PMC and then visit the Emirates ID registration centre to complete the registration process.

This has already been implemented in Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah as part of Emirates ID's 2010-'13 strategy to enrol all expatriates in the country as part of process to procure a residence visa.

Apart from expanding the linking process emirate-wise, Emirates ID has started linking the visa medical tests and ID card registration at small preventive medical centres across the country, a senior official told Gulf News recently. This is to expedite the linking process, Dr. Ali Al Khoury, Director-General of Emirates ID, said.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 15:37 April 20, 2011

    My UAE id was cancelled along with my residence visa from Abu Dhabi in 2010. Since then I am in Dubai. Went to apply again in Karama and I was informed that there is no need to re-apply as they will arrange to get my old card from Abu Dhabi and re-issue new id. The officer took copies of previous UAE id, passport and visa was taken. Now it has been more than 8 months, 4 visits, and numoerous calls but there has been no result. In Jan 2011 I had to re-submit all copies again because the UAE id officers could'nt find my documents. Now, all I am doing is waiting.....for id.

    NRK, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:41 April 20, 2011

    Now, i will cancel my visa and they issuing my residency visa from the another company. I didnt yet apply for emirates ID, its ok i will now or i will wait until my visa is process

    adel, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:53 April 20, 2011

    What will the expiry date of the ID card be if it is being issued before the residence visa? Currently, the ID card expires on the same date as the residence visa.

    Nas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:00 April 20, 2011

    ID card is compulsory for my dependent to renew there residence visa?

    Mahesh, Dubai, India

  5. Added 12:59 April 20, 2011

    i think the Goverment need to call or send a letter to all private sector who have a company in dubai to apply their employee a id card for them.not the employee has to apply by them self.and this is will be easier to the employee if the company will apply by group.

    Aisha Faisal, Dubai , Philippines

  6. Added 12:23 April 20, 2011

    i've been in Um al quain for Emirates ID last January 10, til now i didn't recieve yet my ID card...i was trying to call the numbers which they wrote in form, but no one reply... they are working very slow...

    Gina, Sharjah, Philippines

  7. Added 10:32 April 20, 2011

    May I know hw long it will take to deliver te ID card

    anish, dubai, India

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