National ID card deadline In UAE extended to June 30, 2011

Emirates ID card deadline extended, Dr Ali Al Khoury, Director-General of Eida, has urged white-collared expats to not wait until their visa renewal, cautioning that the government will soon link the ID card with a string of services in the country, which may not be accessible without the ID.
Unlike blue-collared workers, professionals have to perform many transactions with the government and without an ID card, they will not be able to access many services, Al Khoury has been quoted as saying by Gulf News. "So they should not delay the registration," he added. The extension in the deadline will nevertheless bring relief to applicants, some of whom were seen last week camping outside ID and typing centers in a last-ditch effort to meet the December 31 deadline.
As reported by this website earlier, the authorities had announced that residents who would not have met the National ID card deadline of December 31, 2010, were not to be denied any government services as no penalties were to be imposed.
Eida announced yesterday that 1.5 million people had registered for the ID in 2010, adding that it would do its utmost to double these numbers in the upcoming period as per the new registration plan and the relevant initiatives. Emiratis have an additional six months to register for their identity cards following an extension of the original December 31 deadline.
The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) said that Emiratis now have until June 30 to register for their ID cards. Expatriates also do not have to rush for it to register; whenever they apply for or renew a residency visa, the registration for the ID card will take place simultaneously.
Residents can apply for their cards at any of the 25 registrations centers countrywide that are attached to or near to the preventative medicine centers that conduct medical checkups as part of the visa application process.
According to a statement by EIDA, this is part of their 2010-2013 strategy to link visa issuance and renewal with ID card registration across the UAE. This is currently the case in Umm al Quwain only.EIDA said that more than 1.5 million people registered for their national ID cards in 2010.

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