If you are a foreign citizen, you can become a resident of the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

Residence Visa

How do you obtain a residence visa in the United Arab Emirates?

If you are a foreign citizen, you can become a resident of the United Arab Emirates by meeting one or more of the following conditions:

  • By being an employee or an investor in an Emirate company or in the government sector.
  • Purchasing a property in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Dependent family member, which can be children, parents, maids or close relatives of a resident of UAE.
  • University students sponsored by their university in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Retired residents: special conditions apply.

To obtain a residence visa, applicants must undergo a medical test and pass the necessary security checks required for the issuance of the Emirates Identity Card (EID) by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

The validity of the residence visa varies according to the type and the sponsor. It can last for 1, 2 or 3 years. Following recent changes, a residence visa can also be issued for 5 and 10 years under certain conditions. *

How can we help you?

We will assist you with every step of your residence visa application and cover all requirements for the entire duration of the procedure, starting from the advice on the type of visa that best suits your needs, until you receive your visa on the passport and beyond. It is worth remembering that your presence in the United Arab Emirates is required at least once every 6 months to avoid having your visa automatically canceled.

* All information is from The United Arab Emirate’s Government portal

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