A Quick Guide on How to Find UID Number - UAE

A Quick Guide on How to Find UID Number – UAE: There are over 8.84 million ex-patriots in the UAE. Most of them still don’t know the secrets of the number written on the UAE residence visa, the nine-digit number also known as the Unified Identification Number – UID.

Many people still don’t know how to find their residence visa’s UID number and file number. So let’s talk about it.

If you get an e-visa before your passport gets a visa sticker, that’s also known as an entry permit UAE and has the UID printed on it. Once the UID is assigned to a person, it stays till you exit the UAE on cancellation. If you join the new organization within UAE, the UID remains the same.

Are you aware of which authority manages the Residency Services? 

The General Directory of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) and ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) handle the Residency Services, and ICA manages Emirates ID Services also.

Note: GDRFA is only for Dubai Visa Holders, and ICA manages the rest of the Emirates.

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How to Find UID Number?

If your residence visa copy shows your Emirates ID number but not your UID no, you can find your UID number using your passport information or file number. You can also track your Visa Application & File Validity.

Follow the below steps to Find Your UID Number.

  • Go to File Validity Services on ICA Website.
  • Always find UID number using Passport Information under search by criteria and Residence/Visa file number under type criteria, as shown below. 
How to Find UID Number
  • Similar way, you can find your Visa File Number also.
How to Find UID Number
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