By Neeraj Gangal
Expats can apply for residence visas, labour cards & identity cards at the same time.
From 2010, expatriates in the UAE can apply for three official documents — residence visas, labour cards and identity cards, with a single visit to an authorised typing centre, according to a report on Saturday.
Dr Ali Al Khoury, Acting Director General of Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) told the Gulf News daily that: "About 200 typing centres in the country are already helping expatriates to process the application for residence visa and labour card, and they will have a greater role in the new system. A single application form will be introduced for residence visa, labour card and ID card as part of integrating various official documents with ID card by fourth quarter of [this] year.”
"A card [ID card] will serve the purpose of three documents," he said.
According to Gulf News , the residence visa will be integrated into the ID card by the fourth quarter after linking residence visa issuing and renewal, with ID card registration.
"Instead of showing the visa page of your passport [for any official purpose], you can produce the ID card," Al Khoury said.
During the next stage, the labour card will be integrated into the ID card, he added.
For those who are seeking to issue new residence visas or renew them, there will be only one application form to fill out at the typing centres for the residence visa, ID card and labour card. This is a very logical move since all three application forms include duplicate biographical data such as names, nationalities, gender, marital status, etc."
The daily also reported that as a part of a total revamp of the ID card registration system, the pre-registration application process will be moved to typing centres.