UAE: Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to be Merged with Federal Customs Authority

UAE: Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to be Merged with Federal Customs Authority News developments

UAE: Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to be Merged with Federal Customs Authority

Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), 6 October 2021: The UAE’s President has issued a decree to merge the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship with the Federal Customs Authority and the General Authority for Ports, Borders and Free Zones Security.

The merged entity will be called the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security.

They will be responsible for regulating citizenship, passports, entry and residence of foreigners in the country, promoting ports, borders and free zones’ security, raising their efficiency and readiness.

They will also be responsible for organising and managing customs work in the country in line with global standards.

In addition, they will be responsible for proposing and preparing policies, strategies and legislation related to identity and citizenship affairs, passports, entry and residence of foreigners, customs and port security along with proceeding with the relevant Cabinet approvals.

They will also be responsible for establishing, developing and updating the population registry and personal data system in the country and managing it in line with the best practices. They will be responsible for setting up systems, programmes and procedures to ensure identity cards are issued to all citizens and residents in the country as well.

Additional reporting from Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) on 6 October 2021.

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