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A Summary of CICPA Pass

To safeguard Abu Dhabi's infrastructure and national resources, the CICPA Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Authority (CICPA) pass is a security clearance authorization. To work in any of Abu Dhabi's restricted regions, businesses and employees must get a CICPA pass.
The prerequisites for submitting a CICPA Pass application

The following requirements must be met by the businesses requesting a CICPA Pass: The business needs to possess an Abu Dhabi Trade License,
Accredited by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce,
Approval from the Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC).
A letter of invitation (LOA) from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is required,
and the company must maintain its contract with a concession holding company.

1- Commercial License processes:
  • Commercial License renewal
  • Commercial License modification (activities, partners, address, name etc.)
  • Commercial License cancellation
2- Investor Visa processes
  • Entry permits
  • Change status
  • E-ID cards
  • Health insurance
  • Residence visa stamping
3- Employment visa processes
  • Work permits
  • Labor cards and contracts
  • Entry permits
  • E-ID Cards
  • Medical tests
  • Health insurance
  • Residence visa stamping
4- Residence Visas
  • Family visas
  • Domestic helpers visas
5- Commercial agency

All\any governmental transactions for clients and customers are dealt within the following departments:

  • Ministry of Culture Youth & Community Development
  • Ministry of Defense
  • Ministry of Interior
  • Ministry of Labor
  • Judicial Department
  • Department of Economy and Development
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Tourism Authority
  • Emirates Identity Authority
  • Ministry of Health (SAHA)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Higher Education
  • Waste Management Authority
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Ministry of Economy
  • Food Control Department

CICPA Pass: An Overview

CICPA Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Authority (CICPA) pass is a security clearance permit issued to protect Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure and national resources. The companies and employees have to obtain a CICPA pass to work within any of Abu Dhabi’s restricted areas.

The requirements for applying for a CICPA Pass

The companies applying for a CICPA Pass must meet the following criteria:

  • The company must have an Abu Dhabi Trade License
  • Certified with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce
  • Acquire Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) approval
  • The company must keep a contract with a concession holding company and get an invitation letter (LOA) from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

How can I get a CICPA pass?

Several procedures have to be done before the CICPA Pass can be applied.

  • The employees eligible for the CICPA Pass (i.e., for CICPA areas guarded by ADNOC) are the only employees working in an Abu Dhabi company.
  • Temporary passes are not allowed for employees working in another emirate.

The procedures that need to be followed for getting CICPA Pass are:

  • Fill out the application form by using the permit program (in Arabic only).
  • Complete the introductory presentation document.
  • Attach the supporting documents required for the type of permit you wish to apply for.
  • Submit the application before the main center of the Security Permit section.
  • Only the owner of the company or the PRO of a registered company can apply for permits.

Documents needed for a business to apply for CICPA

The following are the documents needed to apply for CICPA passes

  • Filled application form
  • Copy of valid Trade License
  • Signatory’s signature authorization
  • Obtain a letter from the company requesting to open a file and approve a PRO
  • Certified PRO approval
  • Authorized contract with a concession-holding company (LOA)
  • An introductory letter for the contract from the Supreme Petroleum Council
  • Filled introduction form for PRO
  • A personal photo that has a white background (must be 4cm x 6cm)
  • PRO’s passport, visa, and Emirates ID

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