UAE: Immigration Bulletin – Emirates ID Deadline Extended until 30 June, 2012
Fines for late registration not yet applicable
The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has extended the deadline for Dubai expats to obtain Emirates ID cards, allowing them to avoid paying late fees until 30 June, 2012. The extension came in response to numerous complaints from individuals claiming they were unable to meet the original May 31 deadline. According to the latest data however, almost 90 percent of Dubai’s population has already obtained their cards.
EIDA received 3.3 million transactions for the issuance of ID cards over the first five months of 2012. The majority of the remaining population yet to register belongs to the category of workers; therefore the authority has called on private sector companies to urge their employees to complete the procedure.
By the June 30 deadline, all residents are to be registered with the ID authority, with the exception of children under the age of 15. The deadline for national and resident children under 15 to register is set for 1 October, 2012. Children with residence permits expiring in the later months of 2012 are excluded from this registration deadline provided they register for the cards upon residency renewal. Their personal presence is not required for registration, as fingerprints are not taken from children under 15 years of age.
The Emirates Identity Authority has cautioned parents across the UAE not to wait until the last minute to register their children.
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