UAE set to simplify residency process for expats

Newcomers to the country will need to fill out single form from next July - EIDA.
UAE set to simplify residency process for expats
NEW PROCESS: The EIDA is to simplify the process of settling in the UAE.
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 13 Oct 2009 07:14 AM

UAE authorities have said they plan to simplify the process of settling in the country from next July by merging residency permits, labour cards and ID cards into one process.

Currently, those processes require trips to several different offices around the city but under the new system, applicants will be able to fill out a single form.

“There are too many hurdles for people to go through when they come and settle in the country,” said Dr Ali al Khouri, the acting director of the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) in comments published by UAE daily The National.

“This new process will consolidate three major steps into one.”

He said each ministry would still be responsible for approving applications in its area, but the application process will be overseen entirely by the EIDA.

“We will start with newcomers as it is more practical," he told the paper.

For those who already hold national ID cards, no additional action will be needed, Al Khouri added.

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