April 10, 2012

The Emirate of Dubai has confirmed that as of April 1, 2012, all applicants applying for a new residence permit or renewing an existing residence permit must submit biometrics (e.g., fingerprints, digital photo) to apply for a national identification card as part of their residence registration process.

What’s Changed?

As a follow up to our earlier client alert (link), effective April 1, 2012, foreigners applying for a new residence permit or renewing expiring residence permits in the Emirate of Dubai must register for a national ID card as part of their immigration procedure.

Preventative Medicine Centers (PMC) make it possible for applicants to complete ID card formalities (submitting fingerprints and digital photograph) directly, after undergoing a medical check which is a requirement for residence permit issuance.

Individuals having valid residence permits will have until May 31, 2012 to independently register for their national ID cards.


Previously, ID card registration in most of Dubai was not linked to the process of obtaining employment permits and could be arranged after the issuance of a residence permit stamp.  However, after April 1st, independent registration remains an option only for those foreigners whose residence permits have already been issued.  These individuals are required to obtain their ID cards by 31 May, 2012 at the latest.

Failure to apply for a national ID card by June 1, 2012 will result in a daily civil fine of 20 dirhams (approximately US$5.00).

This news alert was provided in coordination with our Emirati KGNM–Move One.

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