Expatriates whose visas expire before the end of 2012 are exempt from new deadlines set by authorities for residents to register with the national identity and can do so when they have their visas renewed.
Those whose visas expire after that date must meet new deadlines to register or they will have to pay delay penalties.
The new rules announced by the Emirates National Identity Authority (EIDA) set June 1 as a deadline for Dubai-based expatriate residents whose visas expire after the end of 2012 while it set April 1 for those residing in Abu Dhabi and February 1 for expatriates in Sharjah.
The rules, published by the Sharjah-based Arabic language daily Al khaleej, are applicable only in those three emirates given their large populations.
Eida aounced that it would impose fines on registration defaulters from last November but it decided to extend the deadline to avert crowding and give foreigners living in the UAE enough time to register.
“The new deadlines affect expatriates residing in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah whose visas expire after December 31, 2012,” Eida said.
“Those whose visas expire before that date are exempted from those deadlines as they can register when they have their visas renewed.”