Do you know you can use ICA Smart Services, the online system that allows you to register your arrival and departure information while applying for your Emirates ID and Residential Visa in Dubai?
The Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Security Ports Authority (“ICA”) is the UAE government entity responsible for matters involving citizenship, customs, and port security.
The agency has introduced innovative ways to make processing a wide variety of government services easier. For example, as of 2022, it eliminated the need for residency visa stickers on passports.
Who Can Register for ICA Smart Services?
ICA Smart Services covers a wide range of government services for residents and visitors to the UAE. For example, you can submit your proof of COVID vaccination via the ICA system, apply for a tourist visa, check visa validity, pay outstanding fines, and process or cancel residency visas. It can even be used to apply for “Golden Visas” which are long-term residence visas valid for five years.
UAE nationals can gather information on passport applications, renewals, and family book services.
How to Register?
You can register via the dedicated portal on the agency website, download the ICA smart services app for your mobile phone or call their toll-free hotline, 800 9090.
Items Needed to Register to Apply for a Residency Visa
Registering for ICA Smart Services Dubai will expedite your residency visa issuance. The following data must accompany the application form:
- Emirates ID information
- Passport number
- Visa entry permit information
- Personal biographic information
- Sponsor information
If you are using ICA Smart Services to process a visa for a company that has recently incorporated, you may need to call the service hotline as you’ll need to provide additional information.
ICA Services Cost
The registration fee for ICA Services is AED 150. You can pay the fee online or at a local ICA office.
Can the ICA Services Be Used to Sponsor Dependants and Visitors?
You can process visas for dependents. However, your visa must be processed and approved before you sponsor any dependents.
Visitors to the UAE can also use the ICA Smart Service portal to apply for short-term and long-term visas. There is even an option to extend such visas if needed.
Want to Learn More About ICA Smart Services?
The ICA keeps introducing new features and services; therefore, if you would like to learn more about their current services, the best resource is their website https://smartservices.icp.gov.ae/