How to find UAE visa number and UID Number

UID Number, UAE Visa Number, Unified number, How to found visa number on uae visa

UAE Residence visa is printed or stamped on each and every residents passport, approximately 8.4 million of them, but many are still unaware about the secrets of numbers written on UAE residence visa sticker specially the UID number also known as unified number and UAE Visa Number. Let’s discuss it.

If a person applying for new visa, he/she first receive an e-visa also known as entry permit UAE before the visa sticker print or stamp on the passport.

Which Authority manages the Visa Page?

Two authorities manage the visa page. The GDRFA (general directory of residency and foreign affairs) manages the visa related services whereas the ICP UAE (Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security) handle the Emirates ID applications.

Unified Number:

The first part of the visa is UID Number which is the part of Federal authority for identity and citizenship records. UAE UID number contains 9 digits which is required to complete the Emirates ID applications.

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Unified Number

If your UID no is not printed on your residence vis copy, and is showing Emirates ID number only, you can enquire about it using your passport information or file number through below link.


Unified number

If someone cancelled the visa and applied for new visa, the resident will get new visa number in UAE visa, but their UID number will remain same. As we stated above that the UID is being used for emirates ID purpose and everyone know that the UAE ID number never changes.

File Number:

Second part on visa page contains the more information hidden in its numbers such as visa number, emirates that issued the visa, year in which visa issued and the sponsor details. yalla check them all.

UAE VISA CODE, 101, 201, 301, 401

The first three digits describe the emirates name that have issued the visa, for Abu Dhabi visas code will starts with 101, Dubai visa code will start with 201, Sharjah with 301 and Ajman with 401.

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The next number is the year in which visa is issued, if person is working with one sponsor for long time his/her visa year code will remain same upon renewal. The year code on visa will only update if the visa is cancelled and applied new visa.

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UAE Visa Number
The last part of file number on visa page is the UAE visa number (residence number) of resident. If you are looking or asked to enter your visa number, you should write this number. This number also has some secret information in it.

·       If your UAE visa no starts with 2, it means you have an employment visa (work visa) issued by a registered UAE company.

·       If your visa number begins with 3, it means you have a family visa also known as spouse visa. (Sponsored by husband/wife or mother/father).

·       Only in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah visas there will be a forward slash sign (/) after the number 2 or 3 which draw attention to the category of visa if it is employment visa or family visa.

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Personal & Sponsor Details with validity of visa:

The third, fourth and fifth part on residence visa are self explanatory as it states the personal details such as passport number, visa holder name, profession, the name of sponsor (company name) or individual name in case of family visa and the visa issued/expiry dates.

·       Residents have 1 month grace period after visa expiry date.
·       Visa will become invalid if resident remain out of UAE for more than 6 months. 

At last, a barcode for e-scan is printed and on bottom right you will see a signature, it is not by sponsor (company) but the signatures of the director of residency and foreign affairs who manage and deal all visa permits related matters such as UID Number and UAE Visa number (File no).

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