Residence Visa

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Residence Visa for UAE

For expats moving to Dubai to live and work in the long term, a residence visa is required. Unlike certain other short-term business visas, the residence visa is designed for those looking to settle here for a longer period of time.

To apply for a residence visa, the applicant needs to either have a job in Dubai, or alternatively, set up a company here. Employers will typically apply for residence visas for their eligible expat employees, while investors setting up their own business need to arrange their own application.

Securing a residence visa opens plenty of doors for expats in Dubai, providing them with a work permit to allow them to work, while also letting them register a car, obtain a driving license, apply for a PO Box, open a bank account, and buy a property.

Applicants who obtain their residence visa can also sponsor family members to come to Dubai to live, providing those family members with a family residence visa. Once the family is settled, with residence visas of their own, the family can also sponsor a housemaid on a maid visa.

With that in mind, there are various residence visas available, each with its own stipulations and duration.

The employment residence visa and family residence visa are valid for two years, the student residence visa and maid visa are valid for one year, and the investor residence visa is valid for up to three years.


Applying for a Residence Visa

To apply for a residence visa in Dubai, certain document will need to be provided. This is the case for employees who have their employers handling their application, and for investors handling their own application.

The documents required can include:

  • A completed application form,
  • Multiple passport photos,
  • The original and a copy of the applicant’s passport,
  • A copy of the company’s valid company card,
  • A copy of the company’s valid commercial license,
  • The employment permit issued by the Ministry of Labour,
  • The correct application fee.

Before the residence visa can be granted, the applicant must undergo a medical test at a government hospital or clinic, which includes blood tests and a chest X-ray.

If the tests are positive for communicable diseases such as leprosy, tuberculosis, HIV or AIDS, the application will be refused, and the applicant will be deported immediately.


Applying for a Work Permit

After the residence visa has been granted, the application must now be made for a work permit. Again, this is something an employer will typically cover, while investors must obtain it for themselves.

To be granted a work permit, the applicant must have a residence visa, a qualification required within the UAE, and a current passport with at least six months’ validity.

Documents required for a work permit include:

  • A current photo of the applicant,
  • The applicant’s passport and residence visa,
  • A valid health certificate,
  • A copy of the employer’s company trade license,
  • Three copies of the applicant’s employment contract, signed by the applicant and the employer,
  • Copies of the applicant’s professional qualifications.

With a wealth of experience in providing visa services in the UAE, Fusion Middle East are experts in visa application procedures in Dubai.

With Fusion Middle East as your partner, you can rest easy know that all your visa applications will be taken care of by us, so you can concentrate on the day-to-day running of your business. To find out more, contact us today on 00 971 4381 7333 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.

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