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Abu Dhabi, as well as Dubai and other emirates continue to attract foreign investors and those wishing to move to the UAE due to job and business opportunities and a convenient living environment. One of the key questions that everyone gets asked when moving to the country is connected with the process of getting a national ID card. That’s why we have decided to compile the main information about the Emirates ID, which is a mandatory document issued to citizens and residents in the country. In this article you will find information about the Emirates ID and its benefits, as well as about the process of obtaining/renewing/restoring the ID card.
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All citizens and residents of the UAE should have an Emirates ID, which is given by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). It is a legal requirement for all individuals living in the country, including newborn babies to own this ID. This document helps to protect the identity of the individual as well as ease identification and verification according to the international standards.
There are several types of Emirates ID, such as:
The Emirates ID card consists of:
There is basic information that can be found on the Emirates ID. This includes a name, nationality and a photo, as well as the gender, date of birth, card number and signature of the cardholder.
Note: In January 2021, several significant amendments were made to the citizenship law. Since then, foreigners, investors, doctors, professionals, talented people, scientists and several other categories have the right to apply for a UAE passport. You can read more about it in this article.
The Emirates ID should be carried all the times, and is mandatory for all residents and citizens of the UAE. The ID card is more than just a document, as the details should often be submitted to various organisations and services, for instance, when you:
Moreover, with the help of the Emirates ID you can use the Smart Gates in several Emirati airports to save time. Instead of waiting in the passport immigration queue, you will be able to complete passport control in several seconds. Another benefit of the ID card is that you can request a credit report at the Al Etihad Credit Bureau customer service centers.
Note: Companies have no right to withhold the Emirates ID of their employees. They can only take the personal data, visible on cards. In case of any problems, the holder should visit the judicial authorities and tell them about the problem.
There are two ways to get an Emirates ID – online via the website of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security or at one of the Customer Happiness Centers. The average processing period for the Emirates ID is 5 working days.
The process of getting an ID card consists of five steps, and include:
As a UAE national wishing to get a Citizen ID, is required to bring
An ID card for 5 years costs AED 100 (USD 27), while an ID card for 10 years will cost AED 200 (USD 55). The printing office fee is AED 30 (USD 8), and a service fee is AED 40 (USD 11).
Residents of other GCC countries, which comprise Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, applying for the ID Card should come with:
The price of a 5-year GCC ID card is AED 100 (USD 27). The printing office fee is AED 30 (USD 8), whilst the service fee is AED 40 (USD 11).
Foreigners from other countries should prepare the following documents to obtain an Expat ID Card:
The card is given in correspondence to the period of years. Thus, a 5-year Expat ID Card costs AED 100 (USD 27). The printing office fee is AED 30 (USD 8), and a service fee is AED 40 (USD 11)
Note: In case of any change of details, the card holder must report them within a month from the date of change. There is an opportunity to apply for a modification online. It will cost you AED 50 (USD 14).
If a person wishes for an urgent service called Fawri to obtain an Emirates ID in 24 hours, he/she will need to pay an extra AED 150 (USD 41) at the Customer Happiness Centre. Such service is given in several cases, including:
People from non-GCC countries can run this service only for the replacement of the card. The fee for an urgent service is AED 150 (USD 41). In Abu Dhabi citizens and residents can get their Emirates ID in 24 hours in Customer Happiness Centers, located in Al Jazeera and Khalifa City.
The holder of the Emirates ID should keep in mind that the document must be changed within 30 days after the expiration date. You will receive a message from the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) to do this. There is an opportunity to apply for a new card online at www.icp.gov.ae or via the application ICP UAE Smart, as well as in the typing center. In order to provide your biometric details, you will need to visit the ICP’s service center. While UAE nationals can apply for the renewal between six and one month before the date of expiration, UAE residence visa holders can do that when their visa is reissued or renewed.
Note: If you wish to leave the country permanently, you should hand over your ID Card to the respective General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs. After that, the card will be given back to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security.
If your Emirates ID is lost, stolen or damaged, you should immediately request a replacement from the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security by following several steps:
Metropolitan Capital Real Estate is always ready to provide you with the latest information about legalisation in the UAE. Even though our company doesn’t assist in getting an Emirates ID, our real estate managers are ready to help you in choosing a property, corresponding to your needs, which will be the first step towards your dream to live in Abu Dhabi or other emirates. Purchasing a residential property with a minimum cost from AED 2M (USD 545K) will provide you and your family members with an opportunity to apply for a 10-year Golden Visa, which can be prolonged in the case that you remain the owner of the unit. After that, you will be able to obtain an Emirates ID, a driving licence and take advantage of other benefits.
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