Residency Visas to be linked to National ID cards from July


The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) said it was in the process of setting up ID registration centres at preventives medicine departments in Abu Dhabi to facilitate visa procedures.

Expatriates having new residence or seeking to renew their visa will need to be registered in the national identity when a new project is completed in Abu Dhabi by July, according to press reports from Sunday.

“This means plans to link ID registration to issuance of new visa residence or renewal of existing residence will be completed by July…this plan is part of an overall project to link ID to residence through the UAE,” the semi official Arabic language daily Alittihad said after a meeting of EIDA in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

It quoted EIDA director general Ali Khouri as saying these new centres would also expand the registration capacity and support plans to develop a demographic registration project in the UAE.

At present, expatriates in most UAE emirates are not required to produce their national ID to have a blood test for visa issuance or renewal at preventive medicine departments.


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