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With the new law in dubai to have a identity card by December 31, just wanted to know from you guys who is supposed to bear the expenses of this card the employer or employee. Your comments on this will be appreciated.

As the deadline is nearing for UAE Nationals to register for UAE NATIONAL ID Card, it is not very much clear as to what will be the scenario for expats. Even the online system is jammed to access and register and showing an appointment date of Mar 2009. Kindly therefore wait as the system evolves around itself in the coming days.
As this is a personal identity document, according to me and accoding to the sources I checked, all the expenses (if any) related to obtaining this card has to be taken care by the person who is applying for it. The employer will not support this expense.
As and when I get to receive more information, I will post it here for the benefit of all.
Sincere regards,
Ramesh Menon

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The UAE ID card deadline has been brought forward to 31 December 2008 for all professional and graduate residents in the UAE working in private sector firms and their family members.

The UAE ID card will eventually eliminate the need to carry multiple cards like driving licenses, work permits, passports, e-gate cards etc. Until the UAE ID card actually replaces the need for an employer to obtain the employee a labour card, then the responsibility and associated cost for obtaining the UAE ID card lies with each individual resident of the UAE. This e-mail is intended to provide some help and advice on what to do.

How to apply for an ID card

Document Requirements:
1. Original passport with valid UAE residency
2. Completed application form (copy of the application form attached – this must be typed)
3. Cash amount of AED 400

1.Book an online appointment at : www.emiratesid. ae
2.Before going for your appointment, fill up the online application form from EIDA website and take a printout, using only a laser printer. http://www.emirates id.ae/EIDAWeb/ Pages/LitePreReg /ProfileCreation /OfflineUpload. aspx <link updated to site home> ( Search On Cite | Search On Google )
3.Visit the nearest EIDA service centre at your appointment time (with application form, passport and 400 cash).
4.Allow biometric and fingerprinting to be done and get your original documents scanned.
5.You can either choose to have your National ID card sent to you by Empost or personally collect it after 3 working days.

The Fees:
Registration Fee = AED 100 per remaining year of validity on residency visa i.e. if you have 1 year and 2 months left on your visa you must pay AED 200
Typing Fee at Centre or Cost of Empost pre-application pack = AED 40 (no fee if application typed online)
Card delivery via Empost = AED 15

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact HR or the EIDA directly on 600 523 432.

Good luck!!!

Registration Branches:

Al Karama Service Centre
Al Karama Area
Men’s College of Technology Old Building, Dubai Central Post Office
Tel: 04 334 2055
Fax: 04 335 3250
Working Hours: 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Al Barsha Service Centre
Near Jebel Ali Horse Race Course
Tel: 02 404 6666 ext 4000
Fax: 04 3419889
Working Hours: 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Municipality Service Centre
Abu Hail Area
Men’s College Of Technology Old Building
Tel: 04 265 1542
Fax: 04 606 6725
Working Hours: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Al Taawun Service Centre
Al Nahda Area
Al Taawun Mall, 3rd Floor
Tel: 06 577 4000
Fax: 06 577 4477
Working Hours: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Branches: Abu Dhabi

Al Mushrif Service Centre
Musafa Street
Al Mushrif Area, Near ADNEC
Tel: 02 404 6688
Fax: 02 4493236
Working Hours: 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Delma Island – Delma Service Centre
Delma Mall, TAM Centre, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 50660 (EIDA section)
Tel: 02 849 5554
Fax: 02 894 5571
Working Hours: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM


Ramesh Menon

For someone who asked whether the cost is reimbursable, some companies are absorbing the cost of their sponsored employees, but not dependants.
No extension plan for expatriates who do not register for identity card

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11/17/2008 11:29 PM | By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter

Abu Dhabi: Although 90 per cent of expatriate professionals are yet to register for the Identity Card before the December 31 deadline, Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) does not have any plan to extend the deadline, a senior official told Gulf News on Monday.
Approximately 60,000 of the estimated 600,000 expatriate professionals have registered so far, said Thamer Rashid Al Qasimi, Planning Director and Project Management Director at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA).
"Although no official number of expatriate professionals is available, it is estimated to be approximately about 600,000 and just 10 per cent have completed the registration," he said.


"We cannot extend the deadline or say that non- registration before deadline will not attract any problems," said Al Qasimi.
He reiterated that although EIDA does not have the authority to take punitive measures like freezing bank accounts of non-registered residents, government or central bank can take any such measures as per the existing law.
"The cabinet decision number 201 of 2007 September...stipulates that Emirates ID will be the only valid identification document for Emiratis for all official transactions from January 2009 and for expatriates from 2010. But expatriates who registered for national ID, it will be the only valid identification document for all purposes," he said.
To support the efforts of EIDA, any government or private organisation can demand Emirates ID from expatriate professionals after December 31 and some institutions have communicated the same to EIDA, said the official.
"Although we know that it is difficult to finish the registration of more than 500,000 expat professionals before the deadline, we cannot do anything now. People delayed it even though the newspapers published the information on expat registration on July 2, 2008," said Al Qasimi.
He said EIDA would take all steps to ease the pressure and would also take appropriate steps if registration is not finished by December end.

Expiry date: Visa validity

All expat professionals to register before deadline irrespective of their validity period of visa.

The official clarified that all expatriate professionals (having a degree) have to register before the deadline irrespective of the validity period of their visa. "If your visa expires soon and you postpone your registration, it is at your risk, EIDA never suggests so," said Al Qasimi.
"Our advice to such people is to finish the registration now because they can easily do the renewal after the renewal of their visa. There will be separate queue for renewal of ID and it takes a few minutes."

End to problems in sight

The problems facing residents who want to access application forms for registration of National ID will end on Tuesday, Thamer Rashad Al Qasimi, Planning Director and Project Management Director at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) told Gulf News.
"The software for 'pre-application registration' to replace online application will be ready by today evening," he said.
"It will be available on our website and we will also send it to the organisations who offered to host it on their websites, following a Gulf News report yesterday," he said.
Many government departments and private organisations sent email requests after reading the Gulf News report, said Al Qasimi.
But he said it may take three to four days to produce free CDs of the software to distribute at EIDA centres.
"We expect that people who collect a free CD of software or download it from any website, once it is ready, can distribute it to their friends so that everybody will have an access to 'pre application registration'," he said.

Dear all, To make your life easy. Article in Gulf news and the software. Please install this software and fill the application form. then save it and make print out. Regards, Ramesh Menon

Attached Files
File Type: zip pre-registration.zip (3.50 MB, 86 views)

Dear all, Please read this from Gulf news it says that employer will bear all cost. regards, Faiz
Deadline Extended

7DAYS - Deadline extended <link updated to site home> ( Search On Cite | Search On Google )

Wednesday 19 Nov, 2008
<image no longer exists> The deadline for professional expats living in the country to obtain compulsory ID cards has now been pushed back a year.
The U-turn comes after it was revealed that only 60,000 of the estimated 600,000 expats who require the ID cards had so far applied - with the original deadline just weeks away.
Residents needing the ID cards had been warned that bank accounts could be frozen and health insurance cancelled if they did not apply for the cards by the end of the year.
Registration centres across the country have been swamped with concerned expats attempting to obtain their cards.
Darwish Ahmed Al Zarouni, Director General of the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), said that expatriate professionals will now be able to register until 2010.
“I want to make it clear regarding the deadline. For UAE nationals it’s December 31, 2008 and for expatriates it’s until 2010. Expatriate professionals are free to register even after December this year,” said Al Zarouni while speaking to 7DAYS.
The authority had earlier announced that any expatriates holding a degree must obtain an ID card by December 31 this year.
Al Zarouni said: “The process will be difficult from next year as there will be thousands of people turning up for their cards. We advise people to complete their application this year to avoid any problems.”
He added that the authority was again appealing for people to register on time saying that “the country expects people to be disciplined and abide by the law.”
He said that from January 15, the authority will start dealing with other categories of expats in the country such as drivers, construction workers and gardeners.
The news came as a relief to thousands of people who have been queuing up in front of ID registration centres to apply for their cards, many from the early hours.
There were chaotic scenes at the Karama post office yesterday - before the deadline extension was announced - with hundreds of people lining up to get an application form for their ID cards.
Indian expat Sanjay said he got up at 2am to get to the front of the queue for his ID card.
“Thankfully the deadline is now extended. It was proving very difficult to get registered in time,” he said.


Ramesh Menon

Gulfnews: No fines for expats who fail to register for ID cards

No fines for expats who fail to register for ID cards

By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
Published: November 18, 2008, 23:40

Abu Dhabi Expatriate professionals in the UAE can continue to register for their identity cards even after the deadline of December 31, Gulf News has learnt.
The Emirates Identity Authority issued a reprieve on Tuesday saying fines won't be imposed on expatriate professionals who fail to get the ID card before the end of December. "Although we don't extend the deadline for the professionals, we will be ready to continue their registration even after the deadline but at the cost of certain inconveniences," said Darwish Ahmad Al Zarouni, Director General of Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA).
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"But for UAE Nationals, no services shall be provided without the ID from January 1, 2009 as per law," he said. The reprieve isn't an extension of the deadline because EIDA will open the registration for another category of expatriates from January 1 as per plan.
Thamer Rashid Al Qasimi, Planning Director and Project Management Director at EIDA, said although no punitive measures like fines or freezing of bank accounts will be imposed on those who do not register, EIDA cannot help if any organisation demands identity cards for official transactions after December 31.

Hi Ramesh ! Thanks for the useful information. But the reason i didnt understand for not having replied my mail a couple of months back. regds Mujeeba
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