UID merging in the UAE


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The UAE issues millions of visas to foreign visitors every single year. Whether you are visiting on business or pleasure, for two weeks or two years, you will require a visa stamped in your passport.

These visas contain lots of information, from your personal and sponsor details to the date of issue and expiry. Also included are codes and numbers used by the immigration department to track each visa issued. These include your file number and visa number.

Another of these codes is known as the UID number. Occasionally, this number needs to be merged with another to ensure a smooth immigration process. When that is the case, it is always a good idea to work with a local UAE visa expert like Set Hub.

We can manage the entire process for you, liaising with immigration authorities on your behalf. If you require our services, get in touch today for a free consultation.

In the meantime, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about UID merging in the UAE.

What is UID merging?

The UID is a unique six-digit number that is automatically assigned to all visitors to the UAE. It is linked to your immigration records and used during all subsequent visa applications and for Emirates ID processing.

As UIDs area is issued for all types of visas – tourist, residence, dependant etc. – there are sometimes occasions when two UIDs are issued to the same person due to system error. UID merging is the process of unifying these two numbers into a single immigration record.

Why do UID numbers need merging?

One should only have a single UID number, however, it is not uncommon for duplicate records to be created in the immigration system. Two numbers assigned to one record can cause problems in entering and exiting the UAE and applying for residency visas.

Therefore, multiple UID numbers have to be merged in order for immigration records to be reconciled. Merging UID numbers requires submitting the original passport to the immigration department along with the UID numbers to be merged.

Documents required for UID merging?

 To merge your UID numbers in Dubai, all you need to do is submit the following documents to the expert team at Set Hub, and we will take care of the rest.

  • Passport copy including signature page
  • Old and current visa copies
  • Cancellation paper If recently had a cancelled visa
  • UID numbers that require merging


Where do I find my UID number?

Your UID number is printed on the right-hand side of your visa. It is the first number listed, above your file number and passport number.

What is the visa number in the UAE?

Your visa number is the last part of your file number, also usually printed in the top right of your visa. Visa numbers start with different digits depending on type. For example, work visas start with 2 while spousal or family visas start with a 3.

Why work with Set Hub when merging your UID numbers?

Incorrect paperwork and documentation can significantly delay the merging process, and in some cases lead to the return of your application. That’s why it’s always worth applying for your UIDs to be merged with the help of the experts at Set Hub.

We’ll manage the entire process for you, liaising with all government bodies, and ensuring that your application is in good order before submission.

You’ll receive assistance from one of our efficient Public Relations Officers to make sure the process is as seamless as possible. And when you apply with us, you are usually not required to visit the airport immigration office. Our service is as simple as 1, 2, 3…

1 – Submit your completed application form and required documentation

2 – We’ll check to ensure all is in order before submitting your file to immigration

3 – Next, we’ll let you know as soon as your UID numbers have been merged

With Set Hub, the entire process takes just one to two business days.

What is the cost of UID number merging in Dubai, UAE?

With the right support merging UID numbers is a simple service, and that is certainly reflected in the fee.

For an accurate and personalised quotation, it’s always best to get in touch with our expert team so that we can fully understand your requirements.

Apply to merge your UID numbers in Dubai with Set Hub

If you’re armed with the right expertise, merging your UID numbers in Dubai doesn’t have to be overly complicated.

That being said, it does require a level of prior knowledge of the process. And it requires a level of focus that many visitors to the country simply do not have the time to provide.

What’s more, it is important to note that the process is only straightforward if your application is complete at the time of submission and free from errors.

To help you ensure that this is the case, it’s a good idea to work with a UAE visa specialist such as Business Incorporation Zone. Get in touch today for a personalised quote.

We are a team of professionals who are passionate about helping people make the most of their time in the UAE, whether they are here on business or pleasure.

As well as handling your UID number merging, we also offer visa and immigration services and can handle all government formalities, permissions, work permits, and visa applications required to trade in the UAE.

In short, our experts can establish companies on your behalf, make your license, visa, and bank account applications, and take care of all the necessary admin – leaving you free to do what you do best.