Dubai: Are you facing problems applying for your UAE residence visa because you have more than one ‘UID’ number issued under your name? If so, the solution is quite simple.
Any expatriate who visits the UAE or lives in the UAE has a visa issued by immigration authorities within each Emirate. This visa contains various details like a file number, issue date, validity as well as a ‘UID number’. The UID number is unique, among other details of the visa, as this is the one number that stays the same even if you move from one type of visa to another. So, if you have visited the UAE in the past and then returned to the UAE on a family visa or an employment visa, all those visas would normally have the same UID number on them.
However, there may be instances when you may have more than one UID number issued under your name. When does this happen? And how does having more than one UID number affect you?
Here is all you need to know.
What is a UID number?
The Unified Number (UID No.) mentioned on your visa is part of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security’s (ICP) records. The UID was introduced along with the Emirates ID in 2010. It is a six-digit unified number, which stays the same, even if you move from one visa to another.
Why would I need to merge UID numbers?
According to Patricia Younes, Client Relationship Manager at Business Incorporation Zone, there are instances when people may hav