Expats given more time to register for ID cards

Registrations will continue into 2009 but officials warn services may still be withheld.
Expats given more time to register for ID cards
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 19 Nov 2008 06:39 AM

Expat professionals in the UAE are being given more time to register for the new ID card although officials are warning that people may still face problems if they don't meet the Dec. 31 deadline, it has been announced.

Skilled workers can continue to register for their identity cards even after the deadline of December 31, a senior Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) official said in comments published on Wedneday.

But the same rule will not apply to UAE nationals and officials insisted no services would be provided to any without the new card after Jan. 1 2009.

It issued a reprieve on Tuesday saying that although the deadline will not be changed, registration of applications will continue into 2009, UAE daily Gulf News reported.

"Although we don't extend the deadline for the professionals, we will be ready to continue their registration even after the deadline but at the cost of certain inconveniences," Darwish Ahmad Al Zarouni, director general of EIDA told the paper.

"But for UAE Nationals, no services shall be provided without the ID from January 1, 2009 as per law."

Thamer Rashid Al Qasimi, planning director and project management director at EIDA, added that although no punitive measures like fines or freezing of bank accounts will be imposed, EIDA will not be able to help if any organisation demands identity cards for official transactions after December 31.

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