As from the 12th December 2022, Emirates ID will now replace residency visa stamps in passports. The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICA) shared in a directive sent to business owners in the nation.
“We wish to inform you that as part of the latest directives, the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) will revoke stamping the residence visa in the passport. Effective Monday, December 12, 2022, the Emirates ID will replace residence visa stickers,” (Directive sent from the ICA).
Previously, after receiving approval for residency, residents would need a residency sticker inserted into their passport. The sticker would have to be replaced each time the residency term expires, now the residency information is digitally linked to the Emirates ID card.
The update is in line with the UAE government's objectives of digitisation across services in both public and private sectors.
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