Emirates ID to replace residency visas in passports

Expatriates in the UAE will soon no longer need their passports stamped with residence visas. This will apply to residence documents issued after April 11, 2019.

According to a circular published by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security, citizens’ Emirates ID would be accepted as proof of residency. All necessary residency-related information is included on the ID.

Airlines will be able to verify people’ residency using their Emirates ID and passport number.

The action is based on a Cabinet resolution published earlier this year and aims to improve the services provided to the citizens of the country.

A residency visa is a sticker that is issued on the passports of expatriates once they have passed a medical exam. It is valid for two, three, five, or ten years, depending on the type of visa the resident possesses.