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Guide of Dubai Visas
Guide of Dubai Visas

Visas in Dubai

Emirates ID in The UAE

  • Personal UAE bank account
  • Tax-free status
  • National healthcare
  • UAE driver’s license
  • Family sponsorship
  • Work and invest
  • Enrolling your children in government and private schools
  • Foreign university students
  • Retired residents
  • Dependents
  • Foreign nationals purchasing property in Dubai or the UAE
  • Government employees
  • Foreign nationals employed by a UAE company

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Types of Visas in Dubai

Visas Types in Dubai

Residency by Property Investment

Three-Year Visa

  • Passport
  • Electronic copy of the title deed
  • Photo
  • Police clearance (issued by Dubai Police)
  • Copy of latest visa in the UAE

Five-Year Visa

  • Passport
  • Original Emirates ID
  • Valid health insurance
  • Photo
  • Electronic copy of the title deed certificate

Golden Visa

  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Individuals with outstanding talents (such as specialists in the field of science, engineering, health, education, business management and technology, humanitarian workers, as well as creatives in the field of culture and art)
  • Leading students and graduates

Five-Year Visa

  • Real Estate Investors in the UAE. Requirements are the same as the 5-year property investor visa mentioned earlier. However, the minimum gross value of a purchased property has to be AED 5M (USD 1.36M)
  • Entrepreneurs. In particular, those who have an existing project with a minimum capital of AED 500K (USD 136K) or those who have the approval of an accredited business incubator in the UAE. An applicant is allowed a multi-entry visa for six months, which can be renewed for another six months. Besides being able to sponsor a spouse and children, the visa includes sponsorship of three executives
  • Outstanding students. This category includes those with a minimum grade of 95% in public and private secondary schools, and university students both within and outside the country with a GPA of at least 3.75 upon graduation. Students can also apply as part of their parents' visas

Ten-Year Visa

  • Executives are required to own a leading and internationally recognized company or hold a high academic achievement and position
  • Exceptional talents have to be documented by patents or scientific research published in a world-class journal
  • Scientists are to be accredited by Emirates Scientists Council or holders of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence
  • Inventors are required to obtain a patent of value, which adds to the economy of the UAE. These patents are to be approved by the Ministry of Economy (MoE)
  • Creative individuals in art and culture must be accredited by the Ministry of Youth and Culture
  • Membership in an organization related to the field
  • PhD degree from one of the top 500 universities in the world (check the ICA website for a full list)
  • Award or certificates of appreciation in the field of the applicant’s work
  • Specialization in areas of priority to the UAE
  • Published articles or scientific books in distinguished publications in their respective field of work
  • Contribution to major scientific research in their respective field of work
  • PhD degree, along with ten-years’ professional experience in their field
  • Experts and talents who achieved access in various areas of coding
  • Those who work for pioneering international tech firms
  • Graduates of electrical engineering, big data, data science, AI, information technology, hardware engineering, computer sciences and software engineering
  • Holders who were unemployed when they received the golden visa and are willing to start working for a specific employer
  • Individuals who plan to start a new job with a new employer
  • When a current employer wishes to renew the work permit of the golden visa permit

How to Apply for Five
and Ten-Year Dubai Visa

How to Apply for A Five & Ten-Year Visa

Business Visa

  • Have a business idea or business plan that you are willing to bring to life in the UAE
  • Have been a majority shareholder of a start-up or a member of its senior leadership team
  • Be able to substantiate your experience as an entrepreneur
  • Be willing to move to the UAE and legally set up a business in one of the seven emirates

Freelance Visa

  • Dubai Studio City
  • Dubai Production City
  • Dubai Knowledge Park
  • Dubai Media City
  • Dubai Design District
  • Scanned copy of your passport
  • Residency visa (if available)
  • Personal basic information
  • Portfolio/sample work (for media activities)
  • Credentials and certificates (for educational activities)
  • NOC certificate (for work visa holders or for those under a husband’s or parents’ sponsorship)
  • Passport
  • Passport photo
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • NOC from a sponsor
  • Valid medical insurance

Federal Freelance Visa

Work Visa

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • The work you do must correspond to the nature of the company hiring you
  • The license of the company hiring you has to be valid
  • The company must not have any violations
  • Category 1: If an employee has at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Category 2: If an employee has a post-secondary diploma in any field
  • Category 3: If an employee has a high school diploma
  • Getting an employment entry visa
  • Obtaining an Emirates ID
  • Acquiring a work permit and a residence visa
  • Valid passport and a copy
  • Passport photos
  • Copies of the employee’s academic qualifications
  • Medical certificate
  • Copy of a company card or a commercial license

Student Visa

  • Visa sponsor (university/parent)
  • Passing medical fitness test
  • Approval of the relevant GDRFA
  • eChannels portal
  • GDRFA – Dubai website
  • Mobile apps: GDRFA Dubai, ICA eChannels and Dubai Now
  • Typing centers
  • Amer centers

Remote Work Visa

  • Health insurance with UAE coverage
  • Passport with a minimum of six months validity
  • Business owners: proof of company ownership for one year or more and three preceding months’ bank statements
  • Employees: proof of employment with a one-year contract validity, last month’s payslip and three preceding months’ bank statements

Green Visa

Family Visa

What Visas Are Issued When Buying Property in Dubai?

What Visas Are Issued When Buying Property?

With Which Visa Can You Take Out a Mortgage on A Property?

With Which Visa
Can You Take Out
A Property Mortgage?

Do You Need A Visa to Buy A Property?

Do You Need A Visa
to Buy A Property?

How to Get A Visa in UAE

How to Get A Visa?

How to Renew A Visa

How to Renew A Visa

  • During the first six months (180 days): AED 25 (USD 6.8)/day
  • During the second six months: AED 50 (USD 13.6)/day
  • After a year or more: AED 100 (USD 27.2)/day
  • Sponsor with a valid residency permit
  • Medical test for those above 18
  • Renewed Emirates ID and an original receipt proving that you have registered with the ICA for a renewal
  • Application submitted online or through a registered typing office, signed by the sponsor
  • Original passport of the sponsor
  • Photo of the sponsored individual

How to Cancel A Visa

How to Cancel A Visa

  • Original passport of the sponsored person
  • Cancellation form signed by the sponsor
  • ID card of the sponsored individual

Upcoming Regulatory Visa Changes

Upcoming Regulatory
Visa Changes

  • Business trip permits have been extended from three months to six months
  • Widows, divorced women and other humanitarian cases can obtain a one-year residency extension
  • Employees can leave the UAE after 90-180 days upon job loss or retirement
  • Children can be sponsored by their parents until the age of 25
  • Direct family members can sponsor their parents

Summary

Summary

  • A property can be mortgaged if applying for a three and five-year investor visa, as opposed to a golden visa or a retirement visa, where the real estate cannot be taken out on a loan
  • Holders of any residence visa are allowed to sponsor their family
  • Currently, all resident doctors in the UAE are eligible for a ten-year golden visa for a limited period of time, until September 2022
  • Even if you fulfil all the requirements and pay the fees, it is still not guaranteed that you will obtain a residence visa
  • The main difference between the upcoming federal freelance visa and the existing freelance visa is that the first one is targeted at self-employed individuals.

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