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Updated November 2022

In an earlier announcement, the UAE government mandated that the applications for the issuance of residency permits and Emirates IDs would be unified—the two applications were previously handled individually.

According to the latest update from ICP, Emirates ID would take the role of the visa stamp on residents’ passports, coming as another significant modification to the visa system.

Read further to know more about the new visa stamping process in the UAE.

UAE visa stamping new rules

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) reported on Monday, November 7, that citizens of the UAE can now submit a single unified application to obtain both their Emirates ID and residency visa to ease the application process and to shorten the application time.

How to obtain the new Emirates ID/visa stamp on the new unified service?

To obtain the Emirates ID/visa stamp with the new process, you need to visit the official ICP website or the mobile app UAEICP that you can get on App Store or Play Store.

  1. Log in via the UAE Pass.
  2. Choose the ‘residence permit and Emirates ID issuance’ service from the list of services on your dashboard.
  3. Enter the details in the application form. ICP advised residents to make sure that the data they enter in the application is correct to avoid any delays in processing the application. This includes details like the Emirates ID number, expiry date, mobile number, and email address.
  4. Click ‘Submit’.
  5. Review the details and confirm. You will then be asked to pay the fees. The cost of the process will vary depending on the duration of the residence visa which you are applying for.
  6. Once you have made the payment, you will then receive your Emirates ID through certified delivery companies.


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