The Federal Authority of Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) has announced suspension of separate Emirates ID issuance / renewal services for all categories of residents except for Dubai from 16th May 2022.
The authority announced that the unified form services will be used in applications or requests for issuance or renewal of residency and ID.
Officials clarified that separate residency services (issue/renewal) will be available only to those with separate ID request in process, noting that services will remain in the account for a limited period.
The authority had earlier announced the suspension of issuance of residence sticker for expatriates residing in the UAE as of 11th April 2022. The aim is to develop services provided to customers and improve their satisfaction.
The Emirates ID card issued to expats in the UAE is now being used as an alternative to prove their residence.
The authority indicates that its smart application offers the opportunity to obtain the electronic copy of the identity card in support of the flexibility of use upon request.
Authorities emphasize that the latest series of Emirates ID card issued to expats residing in the UAE includes all details mentioned previously in the residence sticker and this adds to its value for use of ID card in proving personal identity of the individual, as it contains personal and professional data, the issuing entity, and other readable data on the surface of the card, apart from the implied details enhanced through electronic linking techniques.