In a directive sent to business owners in the country, UAE authorities announced the removal of visa stamp residency starting from Monday, December 12, 2022.
“We wish to inform you that as part of the latest directives, the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) will revoke stamping the residence visa in the passport. Effective Monday, December 12, 2022, the Emirates ID will replace residence visa stickers,” the directive read.
The decision comes after an announcement made earlier this year that the UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICA) would be cancelling residency stickers affixed to residents’ passports.
The country, on the other hand, will issue a new generation of Emirates ID cards to expatriates that include all the details that were previously mentioned on the residency stickers affixed to passports.
The expat's passport will no longer be required for stamping. Once the residency is approved, the applicant will be able to download a copy of their e-Residence and use their Emirates ID for travel.