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Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security: All you need to know

DUBAI – Three UAE government entities have been merged to form a federal authority responsible for citizenship, expat residency and border security in the country.

On October 6, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved a decree creating the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security.

Here’s what we know about the new entity:

Which entities were merged to form the new federal authority?

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Federal Customs Authority, and General Authority of Ports, Borders and Free Zones Security have been merged to form the new Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security

What is the purpose of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security?

The authority is responsible for regulating the affairs of citizenship, passports, entry and residence of foreigners in the UAE, as well as customs and port security.

What regulations will the new entity enforce or create?

The new entity is responsible for preparing the laws, regulations, standards and requirements related to the passports, citizenship, entry affairs as well as foreigners’ residency in its various categories, and submitting it for relevant approvals by the Cabinet.

What about the issuance of Emirates IDs?

The new authority will set up systems, programmes and procedures to ensure the issuance of Emirates IDs to all citizens and residents.

How will it handle port and border security?

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security will promote ports, borders and free zones’ security, raising their efficiency and readiness, as well as organise and manage customs work in the UAE.

The authority is mandated to develop and unify requirements and procedures related to the ports, borders and free zones’ safety and security, raising the efficiency and readiness of these sites along with strengthening their security capabilities, in addition to managing ports, control and inspection of passengers, shipments, and incoming, outgoing and transiting goods to control the movement of entry and exit at ports and free zones.

Will it cover customs procedures?

The Authority will work on developing unified customs procedures and those related to inspection, control, tariffs and customs data, and combating customs smuggling and fraud on all incoming, outgoing and transit shipments and goods through the country’s ports, in accordance with relevant standards.

It shall also be concerned with following up the implementation of international obligations and requirements in the field of security of ports, borders and free zones, including the approval and application of standard rules for the specifications of devices used to detect materials and goods imported and exported from the country.

What about ports and freezone licences?

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security shall be responsible for issuing, renewing, suspending, withdrawing and closing ports and freezone licences, and approving them by the Cabinet.

Is it responsible for population registry?

It will also work on establishing, developing and updating the population registry and personal data system in the country and manage it in accordance with the best practices.

What else is the new entity responsible for?

The Authority shall represent the country in joining or signing treaties and agreements with other countries, Gulf, regional and international organisations and bodies in the relevant fields.

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