The Emirati government recently announced that it will no longer issue a UAE Residence Visa stamp in Residence Visas issued in Dubai.

Key Points:

  • As of Dec. 12, foreign nationals applying for a UAE Residence Visa in Dubai will no longer receive a UAE Residence Visa stamp in their passport.
  • Foreign nationals are now issued an Emirates Identity Card, which will serve as proof of residency in Dubai.
  • Foreign nationals must hold an Emirates Identity Card as proof of their residency status to reenter the country.

BAL Analysis: Emirati authorities removed the Residence Visa stamp requirement for Dubai to align Dubai with other Emirates that have stopped providing stamps in passports. Residence Visa holders are reminded that they must now hold an Emirates Identity Card to enter the UAE.

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