The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has released a new definitive time guideline in a bid to avoid confusion for ID card registration in the UAE during 2009.
UAE residents and professionals working in the government and private sectors will have until Feb. 28, 2009 to apply for the card, EIDA said on Tuesday.
According to the schedule, residents working in the federal and local government sector, and professional residents including their family members can register for the new national ID card from this month to the end of February.
The agency identified professional residents as diploma-degree holders working in the fields of accountancy and auditing, consultancy, education, engineering, investments, IT and computers, journalism, law, marketing, media, medicine, nursing, pharmaceutical, public relations liaising (PRO), and sales. The group also includes trade licence owners and entrepreneurs.
Residents and their families in Group 2, which covers administrative and craft working industries including oil, gas, industrial, banks, insurance, tourism, hotel and restaurant industries, shipping, typing, translation and secretaries, storekeepers, receptionists, athletes and students will be able to register from Mar. 1, 2009 to June 18, 2009.
Those in Group 3, which covers unskilled working residents in the private sector and their families in areas of housemaids, cleaners, farmers, fishermen, private and public transport, security guards, watchmen and all other announced working fields expect Group 1, will have from June 20, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2009.
Group 4, which covers all construction workers in the private sector, will be able to register for their card from Oct. 1, 2009 to Dec.30, 2010.
Only 73,000 people registered for the ID card for the whole month of November, according to Thamer Al Qasemi, the planning director of the Emirates Identity Authority.
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