Residency and Foreign Affairs

The Department of Naturalisation and Passports was established in 1966, and was responsible for the issuance of citizenship and passports to the government of Abu Dhabi. In 1972 and 1973, laws No. 17 and 6 were issued to regulate the nationality, passports, immigration and residency affairs in Abu Dhabi.

In 2009, the Ministry of Interior issued a decision to unify the names of all the Departments of Naturalization and Residency in UAE to the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs.

The General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs – Abu Dhabi is responsible for proposing the amendments of laws and policies concerning the entry and residency of foreigners in UAE and monitoring its implementation, it participates in the issuance of the federal administrative instructions concerning the entry and residency of foreigners, and also supervises the procedures of foreigners entrance and exit in coordination with the competent authorities.


To have the United Arab Emirates as one of the best countries in the world in achieving safety and security.


To work effectively and efficiently towards enhancing the quality of life in the UAE community, through smart delivery of safety and security services within an innovation-driven environment to protect lives, honours and properties.