The UAE requires all residents and citizens to have an ID with them at all times. For citizens, the ID is primarily used for identification, immigration, and easier access to government services. For residents, it is proof of identity that allows them to get work permits and move around from city to city without a problem. Once your ID expires, you need to renew it to avoid penalties and for residents to avoid deportation. The issuance and renewal processes are conducted by the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship. This process can take as little as a day, but when you don’t fully get it right, you can fail to make the renewal days later successfully. Since you cannot afford to live without it, below are a few tips to help you succeed with the ID renewal process.
1) Use the Services of A Third Party
Some firms offer Emirates ID renewal services for a fee. You have to provide all your details, pay the charges, and allow them to do this on your behalf. They save you the agony of having to fill the application or even following up on it. Due to their experience, their chances of having error-free applications are high, and this increases your chances of succeeding in your application renewal. Nonetheless, there are a few firms out there trying to defraud innocent and desperate applicants. Look for firms with a track record since they can be trusted to deliver.
2) Provide Documents on Time
Whether you are making the ID renewal online from the comfort of your home, or at typing centers, you need to have the renewal documents ready. Have the application form filled out before the submission period begins. From the documents required from the renewal list, please verify that you have all of them. The basic ones include a copy of your current ID, medical report, passport, and work visa. You also need recent photos if you plan to change your picture. Failure to have them all slows down your renewal process or may even disqualify you.
3) Avoid Errors
Even though we humans being prone to errors, this should be an exception. Avoid making mistakes as this stalls your renewal process. When you notice an error, contact the center as soon as possible for a chance to make the necessary changes. You can contact them by calling 600530003 or through an email. Even when you are not so sure of what to include, verify before submitting. Update your mailing location too to ensure you get your ID on time once dispatched.
4) Make Timely Applications
To start with, applying late for your ID accrues a fine of up to AED 1000. This amount is quite costly considering you should raise renewal fees for your ID. Late application limits your access to government services. As an immigrant, it hinders your movement as it puts you on the deportation police radar since you are considered an illegal immigrant. It also prevents you from seeking meaningful employment since law-abiding firms do not hire undocumented employees. Additionally, make timely fee payments to avoid derailing the process.
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