The UAE has announced the stamped visa pages in residents’ passports will soon be a thing of the past.

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security confirmed visa stickers are set to be replaced with the Emirates ID as of April 11, 2022.

No longer will a page be taken up in your passport with your stamped visa, instead all information pertaining to residency status would be available via an individual’s Emirates ID and passport number.

‘New generation’ of Emirates ID

This confirmed change, set to be implemented next week, comes seven months after authorities announced a “new generation of Emirates ID” would be rolled out.

Back in August 2021, Major-General Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, Acting Director-General of the ICA said, “The issuance of the new generation Emirates ID is part of achieving the UAE government’s vision to develop the population data using the advanced technology based on best practices and international standards.”

In order to avoid any cases of forgery with additional high-tech security, the new Emirates IDs will include enhanced protection of invisible data which can be ready through the E-link system on the ICA.

New UAE Visas

Not only are they set to update how residency status in the UAE is identified, but there have also been many changes to UAE visas in recent years.

Last year alone there were several updates to UAE visas.

This included the issuance of many golden visas, a 10-year visa granted to those with exceptional talent; the green visa, a visa available to investors, entrepreneurs, highly skilled individuals, top students and graduates, whereby they can effectively sponsor themselves and their families; a retirement visa; and five-year multiple-entry tourist visa.

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