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Fingerprints needed for visa renewal

Eida announces new rule as part of linking ID card and residence procedure in Abu Dhabi

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 October 17, 2011
  • Gulf News

Emirates ID Card
  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Eida has opened registration centres at several PMCs in Sharjah.

Abu Dhabi: Expatriates who renew ID cards while undergoing visa medical tests for renewing their residence visa at Preventive Medicine Centres (PMCs) across the country have to undergo fingerprinting again at the ID card registration centres, Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) said.

Eida announced this new rule as part of linking the ID card registration and residence visa processing in Abu Dhabi since yesterday.

"It is for security purposes," an official spokesperson of the authority told Gulf News yesterday.

Eida earlier said that those renewing the ID cards did not need to fingerprinting again. If anybody's fingerprints are not clear on the system, he or she is advised to take fingerprints again. Others did not need to visit the registration centre but could complete the renewal process at the typing centres.

Abu Dhabi is the fifth emirate in the country to link the visa processing and ID card registration after Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman. A few Preventive Medicine Centres (PMCs) in Dubai free zones and Sharjah have already completed the linking process. The remaining PMCs in these emirates will gradually be linked with the ID card registration by the end of this year.

Eida has opened registration centres at several PMCs in Sharjah and they will complete the linking process soon, the spokesman said.

Since the ID card registration centres are close to the PMCs, it will not be an inconvenience to the applicant, he said.

Comments (11)

  1. Added 17:05 October 17, 2011

    My emirates is validity is till 2013. My company has change the Trade name and my previous visa has been cancelled and i have got new visa in my passport. Should i renew my emirates id or i can use the same?

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:42 October 17, 2011

    If you have taken the day off and don't mind the drive, head to the UAQ branch. Quite empty.

    Samira issa, UAQ, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:24 October 17, 2011

    I would appreciate if the authorities in the ID Centre knows the procedure properly because we had a very bad experience while renewing the ID and Visa. When it is clearly written on the application form no need to visit the ID centre and also it was confirmed by the helpline even then why do they force everybody to wait for long hours to give finger print and then proceed to Medical Test (In this news story it is mentioned " If anybody's fingerprints are not clear on the system, he or she is advised to take fingerprints again. Others did not need to visit the registration centre but could complete the renewal process at the typing centres.") I think proper guidance, training and instructions should be given to the staff working at these place.

    Manikandan Sivasankar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:17 October 17, 2011

    Another Expenses again..Low salary but all is expensive!

    Rosamy Yu, Al Quoz, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:14 October 17, 2011

    Fine for late reporting changes in data??? What kind of change does they mean?? If anyone knows the details can you provide any link or the details regarding this? Also for renewal, what is the procedure?

    Shinu Aziz, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:30 October 17, 2011

    Can someone tell me what is the difference between Emirates ID card and Labour card and their usages?

    Manoj Menon, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:10 October 17, 2011

    Recently I did the renewal and it took 4 hours for me. I took leave from office. Process was very slow.

    Dhiraj SB, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:54 October 17, 2011

    How do I know if my finger prints were taken correctly and I have to go for fingerprinting again? I believe this is due to not having a link between EIDA and Immigration that I have to go through the trouble again.

    Ahmad, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:02 October 17, 2011

    I have taken 2 days leave to renew my EID, still not done. There are not enough staff at the some EID centres. Also, the token system works strange, one day it skipped a group of us who waited for more than 2 hours there. Even the private typing centres refuse to do renewals if I don't leave my passport with them.

    M Mathew, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 11:47 October 17, 2011

    Why is it so that again finger prints should be given?? EIDA should have responsible personnel working with them to assure the taking of finger prints once and with accuracy. Residents tend to pay on and on for the Emirates ID and have to take leaves from jobs just to visit their centres. EIDA shoud consider that people are incurring lots of costs just for their mistakes because I don't see any reason as to why finger prints should be taken again and again.

    Mohammad Fahad, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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