Emirates ID cards to replace labour cards from next year

Emirates ID will also replace driving licence, health insurance cards in UAE

As Emirates ID registration of all foreign workers in the country has been completed, work permits, better known as labour cards, will be scrapped and replaced by the Emirates ID in the first quarter of next year, said a senior Ministry of Labour official yesterday.

“The move is part of plans to fast-track four million transactions — one million applications for new work permits, another million for renewal of these permits, a third million applications for new job contract and a million for renewing job contract every year — so that any transaction will take maximum 48 hours to complete instead of a minimum of 15 days at present,” said Humaid Bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs, told a news conference.

Al Suwaidi added plans for re-engineering of transactions, which will have no impact on fees, would ease the lives of more than four million workers in 250,000 private companies across the country, allowing workers and employers to obtain work permits and job contracts online and saving time and effort.

“The move will mean that an employer will submit only a job contract signed by both the worker and the employer to obtain a work permit online, in keeping with plans to make the UAE one of the world’s top five governments by 2021,” Al Suwaidi said.

Six more centres at clinics for Emirates ID cards

From: Alisaria

Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) announced that it will open six new registration centres at Preventative Medicine Centres (PMCs) this month in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah.

With this the total number of registration centres will go up to 26 by the end of the year under the project linking visa medical tests and ID card registration, according to a statement issued by Emirates ID on Tuesday.

ID card registration has become mandatory for issuing and renewal of residence visas in all the emirates, except for Dubai where it will be effective from April next year in coordination with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. The new centres which are due to open in the next two weeks are in Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, and in Al Quoz, Satwa and Jafza in Dubai, as well as in Al Jazira building in Abu Dhabi.

The centre in the PMC in Al Quoz can register about 700 applicants per day, while the centre in Satwa can register about 1,000 applicants per day in two shifts. The Jebel Ali Free Zone centre can register about 250 applicants.

The two registration centres linked to PMCs in Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman can register approximately 600 applicants each per day. The centre in the capital’s PMC as part of Mubadala group in Abu Dhabi can register 450 applicants a day.

Besides these centres, Emirates ID is working on opening two other centres.

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