Tuesday, 10 April 2018
UAE: Smart Bail, Dubai Public Prosecution To Store Passports Electronically
The Dubai Public Prosecution will no longer be keeping any passports of residents or visitors who have been charged with a crime or need a bail.
The data of the person instead will be stored electronically.
If the person needs bail, they will no longer require a friend or relative to keep their passport on their behalf.
The Smart Bail initiative has been announced at the Dubai Government Excellence Programme on April 9.
Ali Humaid Al Khatim, Advocate General and Chief Prosector of Immigration at the Public Prosecution, said that the move is to ensure they eliminate the method of holding passports.
Last year, and almost every year, we held 50,000 passports and we want to reduce this.
The resident or visitor will have all of their data saved in our system all over the UAE, so we will not need their passport, he said.
This will also give the person ease because he can get his visa renewed or anything related to the passport because he will have the important document with him.
Also, The Philippine Consulate in Dubai has issued an announcement dated April 8, 2018 regarding the renewal of Filipino passports.
In the memo posted on the consulate's website, it said that the Philippine Consulate in Dubai will no longer accept walk-in applications for passport renewals.
Starting April 10, Tuesday only those who need immediate renewal of their passports will be prioritised.
However, these parties need to send an email to the consulate along with proof that they need their passport on an urgent basis.
People who fall in this category were indicated in the same memo.
Only those who need to renew their passport due to an emergency, medical reasons, death in the family will be given priority application for passport renewal.
These parties need only to send an email to email@example.com along with proof of their urgent passport renewal.
In order to apply for the renewal of your Philippine passport, Filipinos in Dubai are now required to secure an appointment using the consulate's online services.
Once they have secured an appointment, they only need to bring several documents as well as small amount to get the renewal done.
Apart from this, the consulate also reminded that those aged 12 and below; senior citizens, aged 60 and above; seafarers; domestic helpers; persons of determination; and pregnant women are exempted from online passport appointment.
The latter two however must provide medical certificates during their renewal application.