As we previously reported, the United Arab Emirates has begun issuing a new generation Emirates ID Card. In a new development, the UAE Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICA) has announced that, effective 11 April 2022, it has suspended the issuance of the residence sticker on passports for foreigners residing in the UAE. The Emirates ID card issued to foreigners residing in the UAE will serve as alternative proof of residence. 

The ICA explains that “the residence and the identity card applications will be joined together in a new unified form that includes the issuance and renewal of the residence and identity card services in one application, instead of the previous separate applications, with the aim of improving and developing processes related to the customers’ journey, in embodiment of the UAE’s vision to provide world-class and high-quality services enhanced by technology.”

The ICA emphasized that its smart ID Card application provides additional benefits, such as:

  • Proof of the foreign resident’s personal identity through the presence of personal and professional data.
  • The issuing entity and other readable data on the surface of the card.
  • Implicit details enhanced through electronic linking techniques.

Aviation industry will accept the new ID Card

The ICA also announced that it has worked with aviation authorities to ensure holders of valid residence permits as well as visitors who are outside the UAE will be allowed to enter the country, “after verifying that entry criteria are met through the use of the passport reader available at the platforms of companies operating in the air transport sector at airports.”

Foreign residents of the UAE will still be able to obtain soft copies of their Emirates ID and visa stickers through the government agency’s website, for reference purposes. 


Emirates Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA)

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