United Arab Emirates: Emirates ID will replace the residency visa stamp in passports

This means that residents of the United Arab Emirates will no longer need to stamp their residency visa in their passport.

The residency visa stamp is affixed as a sticker on the holder’s passport after completing the residency procedures. The stamp contains information such as sponsor details, date of issue and expiry date, and residence file number.

This also means that the issuance or renewal of residence visas and Emirates ID cards will be done in a single application.

According to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security, the move comes in line with Cabinet’s decision to support the development of the services provided and apply best practices. It aims to reduce the steps associated with the process of issuing and renewing residency visas and will now be linked to the Emirates ID.

The authority said that the ICA smart application offers the possibility of obtaining an electronic copy of the identity document when submitting the application for issuance or renewal, adding that the new generation of the identity card Emirates issued to foreigners residing in the country will include all the details mentioned above. in the residence stamp, including personal and business data, issuer and other readable and non-readable data on the front of the card.

Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, acting director general of foreign affairs and ports at the ICA, said the old form of residency stamps will only be available online through the smart app. authority, in a step aimed at improving transitional flexibility towards the use of the identity card. as an alternative.

He clarified that the authority has already coordinated with stakeholders in the aviation sector to allow holders of valid residence visas who are outside the country to enter the country as well as visitors. by verifying their identity using a passport reader available on airliner platforms.

Al Rashidi pointed out that the authority has developed all the necessary technical facilities to obtain individuals’ residency details through a printed form which can be requested, through individuals’ accounts using the smart app or the website of the Authority. authority www.icp.gov.ae, which offers the possibility to print the residence details form in just 3 steps.

Al Rashidi noted that the decision will cancel the service of receiving and handing over the passport of a resident previously assigned to the stamping of residency visas.

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