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A UAE residency visa is a document that enables visitors to stay in the UAE permanently. The visa may be extended as often as necessary for a period of two to three or even ten years.

To understand the difference between an entry permit and a residence visa, please know that an entry permit is a document that allows foreigners to enter and stay in the UAE legally for a short period mentioned therein. However, a residence visa Dubai is issued to the foreigner when he/she is already inside the country having entered using the entry permit.

Who can apply for a UAE Residence Visa?

You can apply for a residence visa if you meet the following requirements:

  • If you are employed by a company in the UAE – the company will sponsor your application for a residence visa while you are in the country.
  • If you are employed by the public sector – in this instance, the public body will sponsor your visa application and process it while you are in the UAE.
  • If you are an Investor in businesses operating in the UAE – in this scenario, you will process and apply for your own visa using the company’s registered name as sponsorship.
  • If you purchase a home in the UAE – in this scenario, your visa will be sponsored under the property you own.
  • If you are a dependent sponsored by either a UAE resident who owns a property, an investor or business owner in the UAE, or a UAE resident who is employed in the country.
    Children, parents, housemaids, and close relatives are examples of dependents.
  • If you are a student sponsored by your University in the UAE – in this situation, the University will apply for and sponsor your visa in the name of the academic center.

Types of UAE Residence Visas:

There are various types of UAE Residence Visas categorized on the purpose of your visit/stay in the country. They are listed as below:

  • UAE Work Visa: Issued to foreigners who have secured a Work Permit and found employment in the UAE.
  • UAE Student Visa: Issued to foreign nationals accepted in the educational institutions in the UAE.
  • UAE Family Visa: Issued to the family members of UAE citizens or foreign residents.
  • UAE Investment Visa (long-term residence): Given to foreign nationals who invest a significant amount of money in the UAE. Comparatively speaking, this form of resident visa is granted for a longer period of time (up to ten years).
  • UAE Retirement Visa: Provided elderly foreigners with the appropriate financial resources to retire in the UAE.

Requirements for UAE Residence Visa:


Here’s a list of documents required when applying for a UAE Residence Visa.

  • The UAE Visa Application Form is received from the appropriate typing center or online.
  • The applicant’s original passport and entry visa.
  • The applicant’s two passport-size photographs.
  • Proof of sponsor’s legal residency / UAE citizenship.
  • Medical test certificates.
  • Proof of UAE health insurance plan.
  • For family visas, proof of family ties, such as birth/marriage certificates.
  • For work visas, the sponsor must include the employment contract and copies of the company’s valid trade license and firm card.
  • Any additional documents related to your purpose of travel.

Furthermore, all foreign nationals applying for a UAE Residence Visa must pass a medical exam to prove their fitness.

Application Process:

  1. Gather all your documents.
  2. Contact us through email/phone.
  3. We’ll get the process completed.
  4. Once the documents are approved, you receive an SMS that your application is submitted successfully.
  5. Zajil (a government-appointed courier) will collect your passport and drop it at your address or you can visit the immigration department to get the visa stamped.

Benefits of having a UAE Residence Visa:

If you are legally residing in the UAE, you are entitled to:

  • Open a bank account and utilize financial resources.
  • Obtain a driving permit, use government health services, and purchase health insurance.
  • Enroll your children in both public and private schools, work and invest, and travel to select countries without a visa.

Processing fees:

  • The sponsor must deposit a sum of AED 3,000 (approx.) to get the process completed.
  • You must submit AED 120 (approx.) for a 1-year visa and AED 360 (approx.) for a 3-year visa.
  • An additional sum of AED 100 (approx.) would be required for urgent processing.
  • Medical tests would cost about AED 200-300 (approx.).

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Do reach out to us for a quick process of your UAE Residence Visa through the following mediums at your convenience:

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