No UAE visa stamping on passports: New process to reduce time, efforts to get Emirates ID
Starting today, April 11, UAE residents’ Emirates ID will serve as their residency document. It replaces residency visa stickers that are stamped on to passports.
For residency applications — new or renewal — made from tomorrow, residents won’t need to go through two separate visa and Emirates ID processes. The process can be done within a single application. Moreover, applicants won’t need to leave their passports behind at immigration offices for visa stamping.
The Emirates ID — which received a major upgrade recently — contains all relevant residency-related information that’s available on the visa sticker. The new generation of Emirates ID contains personal and professional data, the issuing entity, and other readable data via an e-link system.