A comprehensive step-by-step instruction guide to setting up in the UAE, from applying for your residence visa and resident ID to renting a home and opening a bank account.
All expats living in the UAE need to register for a Resident Identity Card (previously known as Emirates ID) before applying for or renewing their residence visa. You will not be able to complete the medical tests required for a visa unless you have begun this process and have an application form certified by the Registration Centre at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA). Additionally, those who fail to sign up will face daily fines.
Each card contains the holder’s address, photo, date of birth and fingerprints, and is now an official source of identification in the UAE.
For the latest news related to the Resident ID and to complete the application form online, visit id.gov.ae/en.
Entry permit (organised by employer)