Residence Visa

Residence Visa

A Dubai residence visa is a permit issued to a foreigner to obtain residence facilities for special purposes. It is issued to people of non-Emirati nationality to whom it has been decided to extend residence facilities in cases where the prescribed authority is certain that their stay in the UAE is not to the detriment of the general populace.

  • The foreigner must be employed by the government sector.
In cases like this, the government sector will apply for and sponsor a visa while the foreigner is in the UAE.
  • The foreigner must be a university student sponsored by their universities in the UAE.
Here, the university will apply for the visa and sponsor the visa under the educational institution’s name.
  • The foreigner must be employed by a company in the UAE.
In cases like this,  the company is expected to apply for and sponsor the visa while the foreigner is in the UAE.
  • The foreigner must be an investor in a business in the UAE.
In this case, the investor is expected to process his own visa and apply for his own visa under the sponsorship of his company’s registered name.
  • The foreigner must buy a property in the UAE.
Here, the visa of the owner of the property is required to be sponsored under his acquired property.
  • They are required to be dependents( parents, children, close relatives and maids) sponsored by:
    • a business owner or an investor in the UAE.
    • a property owner in the UAE.
    • an employed person in the UAE.
    It is important to note that a residence visa is issued to foreigners after they have entered the UAE with an entry permit, visit visa, short or long-term tourist visa. In addition, a person applying for a residence visa is required to be at least 18 years old and undergo a medical test to ascertain that they are medically fit. They are also required to pass a security check.

What are the documents required for obtaining a Dubai residence visa?

  • A salary certificate for staff of the government and a labour contract for private employees.
  • Bank statements for the last three months.
  • An attested version of the original tenancy contract.
  • An application form.
  • The sponsor’s original Emirates ID.
  • Passport Copies of the family members and original passport copies of the sponsor.
  • A passport-size photo of each family member.

 

In addition, a person applying for a residence visa is mandated to submit copies of his birth certificate, driver’s license, valid passport, driver’s license, and marriage certificate if required.  The applicant is also required to submit copies of all qualifications and undergo a medical examination before he can be gainfully employed. This medical examination will be necessary every time the residence permit is renewed.

 

What are the documents required for obtaining a Dubai residence visa?

To renew an expired visa, one must ensure that the time limit must not be exceeded. The time limit of a Dubai residence visa is 30 days from the date of expiry. To successfully renew your visa, you are required to:

  • Be above 18
  • Pass a medical fitness test
  • Have an application form signed by a sponsor. You can apply online or apply through a recognised typing office
  • Have a sponsor with a valid residency permit
  • Have an insurance card
  • Have original passports and photos
  • Have a renewed ID card from the ICA or an original receipt that you have registered with the ICA for card renewal.

People sponsoring their families are required to have:

  • A copy of the spouses’ employment contract or a company contract for investors if applicable.
  • A legalised marriage certificate
  • A registered tenancy contract.
  • Recent Utility bills.

You can learn more about  Dubai residence visas  here.