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Understanding the process and waiting times can be crucial if you are applying for a new Emirates ID or renewing it. Gulf News interviewed experts who shed light on obtaining your Emirates ID and residency visa, providing valuable insights for applicants.
Once you have completed the medical fitness test, the results will be sent to your emirate’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. Once all paperwork is approved, your residency visa will be issued, marking the commencement of the Emirates ID printing process.
According to Shavad Tharavattath, Multy Hands Businessmen Services manager, applicants can receive their medical fitness test certificate within a day. Opting for the VIP or fast-track package can expedite this process further, providing the result in just a few hours. Subsequently, the approval process for the Emirates ID and residency visa commences, generally taking up to one week.
However, as emphasized by Shafiq Muhammad, Chief Supervisor at Horizon Gate Government Transactions Centre, applicants will receive the Emirates ID once the residency visa has been issued. For new residents, additional steps, such as registering biometric data, may extend the processing time, typically from two days to a maximum of two weeks.
To track the status of your Emirates ID application and residency visa, applicants receive a registration form containing a Quick Response (QR) code. Scanning this code on a smartphone allows easy monitoring of the application’s progress. The registration form also provides instructions for the Emirates ID process, including biometric test registration, and mentions the courier company responsible for delivering the Emirates ID.
Understanding the steps and estimated processing times can help applicants stay informed and plan accordingly while obtaining their Emirates ID and residency visa.