As noted earlier, due to failure in meeting its targets, EIDA has extended the registration deadline for professional expatriates from December 31, 2008 to February 28, 2009. However they are still playing with words, saying they have rescheduled the dates for ID card registration.
Now the registration of expatriates working in the government sector and all professional expatriates (Category 1) will continue till February 28, 2009.
Registration of Category 2 – which includes administrative staff in private sector (translators, secretaries, typists, storekeepers and receptionists) and students – will start on March 1 and will continue until June 18.
From June 20 to September 30, Category 3 can register. Category 3 includes private and public transport drivers, unskilled or semi-skilled workers in private sector, like housemaids or servants, cleaners, farmers, fishermen, security guards, watchmen and other labourers.
Construction workers in the private sector, under Category 4, have been allotted the longest time frame: from October 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010.