UAE: Here’s an updated guide on how to apply for an Emirates ID

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If you are qualified to vote for the May 2016 National Elections, you mush register for Absentee Voting first before you can apply for passport renewal. Bring an additional copy of your passport’s data page for Absentee Voting Registration, which will be processed at the same time as your passport renewal request.

Requirements

Appointment to renew passport

Personal appearance (the Consulate entertains requests for passport renewals from Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Original passport

Passport copy and visa copy

Requirements for minors (18 years old or younger)

Appointment (not required for children ages 5 years old or younger)

E-passport Application Form. accomplished by the accompanying parent(s)

Copy of child’s passport, data and visa page

Copy of accompanying parent(s) passport’s data page

Personal appearance of child and parent(s).

PROCEDURE

How to book an appointment

Step 1: Visit dubaipcg.checkappointments.com to set an appointment

Step 2: Register using an email address and assign a password to use the service

Step 3: Log in and follow instructions on how to proceed with your passport application

Step 4: Once you have confirmed your desired appointment, a notification shall be given reconfirming the appointment, along with a detailed guide on requirements, procedures and fees

Step 5: Print the confirmation email

Renewing your passport

Step 1: Get an appointment

Step 2: On date of appointment, fill out E-passport Application Form.

Step 3: Proceed to Passport Processing Area

Step 4: Proceed to Cashier

Step 5: Proceed to Passport Encoding Area

Step 6: Proceed to Releasing Section on date of release.

 

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Quick guide: How to apply for Emirates ID

The Emirates ID is an identity card issued by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP).

It is a legal requirement for all UAE citizens and residents to apply for one and carry it with them at all times.

The Emirates ID is used to get government services and to vote in the elections of the Federal National Council.

It is also used as a travel document for UAE citizens to travel within the GCC and as a document to pass immigration through the eGates and smart gates at several airports in the UAE.

To become a resident of the UAE, one must first enter the country on an entry permit, start your visa application process, get a medical fitness test, and apply for your Emirates ID.

In an announcement made earlier this year, ICP stated that Emirates IDs would become the primary proof of residency, taking the place of the visa sticker on residents’ passports.

Listed below is a detailed guide on how to complete the Emirates ID application process:

1. Submit an application for a new Emirates ID

You can apply for a new Emirates ID card in two ways:

– Online, through the ICP website – icp.gov.ae
– Through an accredited typing center or an Amer center, which has an ICP section. Amer centers process visa applications on behalf of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.

Applicants will then be required to provide their passport and entry permit details in an application form.

2. Pay the fees
The next step is to make the necessary payment for the service and card fee, the total amount of which is determined by the type of visa for which you are requesting.

If you have a one-year visa, the cost for the Emirates ID is approximately Dh370 (as of January 2023).

3. Visit an ICP center for your biometric scan
The next step is to visit an ICP customer happiness center to have your fingerprints scanned and added to the Emirates ID database.

This procedure is only required for first-time applicants.

4. Collect your Emirates ID
Applicants can track the status of their Emirates ID application with ICP. Once the Emirates ID has been issued, you will receive an SMS from ICP informing you of the post office location you need to visit to collect your Emirates ID. BKM/ Expat Media


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