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Fingerprints needed for all UAE residency visas from next month

Authorities say fingerprints for criminal record checks.

Fingerprints needed for all UAE residency visas from next month
RESIDENCY VISA: Applicants will be required to give their fingerprints to make sure they have no criminal record. (Getty Images)

People applying for a residency visa in the UAE will be required to give their fingerprints under stricter efforts to prevent fraud and identity theft, officials said.

In a report by Gulf News, Nasser Al Awadi Al Minhali, acting director general of the Federal Naturalisation and Residency Department, said applicants will be required to give their fingerprints to make sure they have no criminal record.

"Starting next month, applicants for residence visa will be fingerprinted under a tighter biometric system to provide more secure identification and prevent fraud," he told the paper.

"Those found to be with criminal records will be denied visa and handed over to the police for further legal action," he said.

"The move will eventually cover all residents in the country, including workers sponsored by their employers, investors, domestic workers and parents of residents," Al Minhali said.

Residents living in the country will be fingerprinted when they apply for renewal of their visa. It is not yet known how much this will cost, but Al Minhali said the fee would be nominal.

A fingerprint database will be set up in Naturalisation and Residency departments across the UAE to ensure only those with "good conduct" or "lack of a criminal record" will be granted residence visa, the paper said.

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observer 11 years ago

As every resident is a supposed to have an ID card, which requires finger printing, surely this information is available already to the DNRD?. Or expats going to be the scape goats for departmental rivalries & inefficiencies?

ssatay 11 years ago

Oh gosh......yet another fee from the government. I guess that we have to pay for a new department being manned rather than handing the work over to another function. When will the country just add a tax on salaries and be truthful about taxation and fee collection.

Jane Doe 11 years ago

I've just had an egate card done - they took both my thumb prints. Will this be enough or will we need to take yet more finger prints somewhere else?? Does the left know what the right is doing around here??

NigelB 11 years ago

I fully accept and agree with the need for security and will play my part, however I want to ask why I have provided my fingerprints for my E-Gate Card and will now have to do it (and pay) again?! Will I have to pay again in future when more changes come in (which I feel sure they will!)?

Shabeer 11 years ago

We all know how much hassle we all took to get our ID card. All sort of finger and hand prints were already took as a prerequisite for UAE ID card. why don't govt. link both these. Not only the money, its the hassle we all need to take. Hope officials will do something to link

Niko Neznanovic 11 years ago

Didn't I already give my finger, palm and side palm prints for the ID card...and paid around 360dhs for the card itself? If I can remember well, I gave my finger prints for E-Gate card as well? This is ridiculous! Life is expensive in Dubai anyways and they keep coming up with all kinds of new stuff just to get more money out of your pocket. This place is something else! Tax free ….hahaha…yeah, my *** tax free! They get their taxes alright...

Dave 11 years ago

I guess this is in everone's mind already... but isn't the Emirates ID supposed to be linked to all other departments? Initially EIDA announced that we can use the Emirates ID as an E-gate, but it's not happenned till date, and as there is no one to follow-up, i would not be suprised if the Emirates ID allso goes down the drain like Tehdad did.... So they built all these fancy EIDA centers, and now they can't use all that info?? I did my Emirates ID by standing in the cold at 5 am onwards and finally got the slot at 3 30 pm. It's sad that no one is there to monitor these fancy requests as and when they come out to press as anyone would realize all they had to do is link up their systems, instead of finger-printing all over again. I've been finger-printed (2 fingers) for E-gate, all fingers, sides, palm, clasp for the Emirates ID, not sure what part of my hand is left to fingerprint!!!

JULIA 11 years ago

both these procedures will be additional cost and big hassle to residents. loss of national producitive hours that exp employees should be working at this time. for id card average time spent in filling and requst for appointment and then queusing was 10 hours +tension+cost. if 2 million workers spent that many hours then 20 million hours of national production was lost. if govt decides to do this any way- best option is to give priorappointment for biometrics and test. in fact best option is to make efficient online appointment convenient to applicants date and time. other option is to use id card finger prints for visa applicant can attach a copy of UAE id card. for cultural test best option is to do at home online. test papers can be sent by email link and user id and pw applicants can recieve test by email-click to link and give test onlien within time frame. no hassles

JULIA 11 years ago

both these procedures will be additional cost and big hassle to residents. loss of national producitive hours that exp employees should be working at this time. for id card average time spent in filling and requst for appointment and then queusing was 10 hours +tension+cost. if 2 million workers spent that many hours then 20 million hours of national production was lost. if govt decides to do this any way- best option is to give priorappointment for biometrics and test. in fact best option is to make efficient online appointment convenient to applicants date and time. other option is to use id card finger prints for visa applicant can attach a copy of UAE id card. for cultural test best option is to do at home online. test papers can be sent by email link and user id and pw applicants can recieve test by email-click to link and give test onlien within time frame. no hassles

hombil 11 years ago

In Oman, this practice was adapted by the government many years back. Oman issues just one common Resident Card or ID Card, which is also used as e-gate card at the airports. Driving license details are also included in the RC and in fact, the RC has the same number as that of the driving license. Those who do not have driving license are issued with RC bearing a different series of numbers. There has been no additional fees charged by the government as fingerprinting is part of the issue / renewal of the resident visa / card. Needless to say, the total charges for issuance / renewal of RC are much lower than those in UAE.