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Abu Dhabi, Dubai link visa renewal with ID cards

(Anwar Ahmad) / 4 April 2011

The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has linked the issuance and renewal of residency visas with the registration of national ID cards in Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.

These are the first two emirates to fall under this new service in 2011, Abdullah Al Kindi, Operations Director at the EIDA said on Monday.


-  More than 3.6 million have registered with the EIDA

-  93-95 per cent nationals have, so far, been registered

-  EIDA targets to enrol all expatriates by the end of 2013

-  In 2010, a total of 2,879,301 people registered with EIDA

-  By 2009, 1,592,781 people were registered with EIDA

-  Per day registration increased from 3,000 to 9,000

-  700 typing centres facilitating customers under EDIA

The other emirates — including Abu Dhabi and Dubai where most of the expatriate community resides — will fall under the new service in the forthcoming months.

Talking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the ‘ID World Abu Dhabi,’ Al Kindi said, after completing the preventive health examinations required for residence visas, one has to register for the EIDA ID cards.

The service will be linked with the various Preventive Medicine Centres in various emirates by the end of 2011. 

The ID World Abu Dhabi 2011, an annual summit on globalised information and communication technology innovation, security and mobility, which began in the capital on April 3, concluded on Monday.

Around 40 countries from all around the world took part in the annual conference to share expertise and enhance ID card security codes and provide quick services to customers. This has already been implemented in Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah, while necessary measures and technological tools are being put in place to activate the service in the other emirates of the country including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Al Kindi said. “Things are under process. I don’t have the exact date, but we start in phases,” Al Kindi said.

While the residence visa procedures are under process, residents will also receive the ID cards, he added. “Once the service is in place in the entire country, we would not have to wait for customers to come and enroll at our offices,” he said.

So far, more than 3.6 million people have registered with the EIDA. The figures include nationals and expatriates who reside in the country, Al Kindi said. About 95 per cent nationals have so far registered with the EIDA and they have been issued ID cards, he said. 

“We are on the verge of completing the registration of all Emiratis within the next couple of months, but our main challenge is the huge expatriate community here. In fact, we have changed our strategy for enrolments and have engaged other parties (typing centres authorised to receive forms and summit to EIDA) and introduced quicker procedures.  Now it takes only five minute to register with EIDA while earlier it took 30 minutes,”  Al Kindi said.


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