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UAE National ID Card and Visa Renewals Will Be Connected

UAE : 21 April 2011

The Western Region will see the beginning of mandatory registration on Sunday.

Registration for the national identification card is to be linked with the issuance or renewal of a resident visa in the Western Region of the UAE beginning on Sunday, according to the Emirates ID (or the Emirates Identity Authority).

Those PMCs (preventative medicine centers) where visa medical testing is being conducted in Sila, Delma and Madinat Zayed are set to link that process with the registrations of Emirate ID cards beginning on April 24. This linked process will not begin in the Ghaythi PMC until May 1.

These changes mean that any expats in the Western Region who are attempting to renew or apply for a resident visa will need to register for the ID card beforehand, as outlined in an Emirates ID statement. The application form for a resident visa will need to have an Emirates ID seal to prove that registration is complete.

There are three steps to the process. Residents need to firstly fill out the identification card application and pay the related fee at an authorized typing center. Secondly, the medical testing needs to be done at a local PMC and finally the resident is required to visit a center of registration for the Emirates ID card to finish the process.

Emirates ID has expanded the process of linking across the emirates, as well as connecting the visa medical testing and the registration for ID cards at smaller PMCs across the nation, according to a senior official. Emirates ID’s director-general, Dr Ali Al Khoury, noted that this will expedite the overall linking process.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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