Update on the UAE Emirates ID 

Do you know your UAE Emirates ID card can now serve as your UAE resident visa? Usually, the Emirates ID is applied separately from the visa and takes a whole new process to acquire.

However, this change effectively reduces the number of steps required to issue or renew one’s residency documents. With this, residence visa and Emirates ID can be renewed within a single application, as opposed to two separate processes as is the case now. This will be applicable for residency documents issued after April 11.

Expatriates in the UAE, including prospective visa applicants, will soon no longer require residency visas to be stamped on their passports.

Airlines will be able to verify residency through residents’ Emirates ID and passport numbers.

The move aims to upgrade the services offered to the people in the country and is based on a Cabinet resolution issued earlier this year.