Types of Residency Visa in UAE

The UAE is a nation consisting of nearly 88% expatriates. One can easily argue that the country is built by the hands of its expat community of over 200 nationalities from all over the world.

If you’re wondering how to be a UAE resident and become part of its promising future, you need to check the various types of residency visas available. That’s why Property Finder has this simple guide for you. Check it out.

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UAE 10-Year Golden Visa or Long-Term Investor Visa

The 10-year Golden Visa in the UAE is a type of investor visa with specific requirements that should be fulfilled by the applicant. 

It is considered as a residency visa by investment because the applicant must have public investments of a certain amount in the UAE. Check out the requirements and conditions as stated below.

Requirements 

One of the following requirements for the UAE Golden Visa must be fulfilled: 

  • An investment in the UAE that’s no less than AED 10 M
  • Being an owner of a company within the UAE whose capital is at least AED 10 M
  • Partnering in a company in the UAE with a share that’s valued at a minimum of AED 10 M 
  • Investing in all of the above sectors mentioned in previous points with a total amount of AED 10 M at least (given that 60% of the total investments should be in non-real estate sectors).

Guidelines 

  • The investor shouldn’t be loaned the money they invest 
  • The investment must be retained for a duration of 3 years 
  • The investor should have financial assets amounting to AED 10 M
  • If the investor wishes, business partners can be included in the investment, provided they invest an amount of AED 10 M each.

Validity 

This visa is valid for 10 years and will be renewed automatically. 

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UAE 5-Year Golden Visa or Property Investor Visa

If you’re wondering about getting a residency through buying a property in Dubai or any of the Emirates, you should read about this type of residency visa. 

Requirements

All the investor has to do is acquire a property in the UAE, fulfilling the following requirements: 

  • The gross value of the property should be no less than AED 5 M
  • When investing, the amount used shouldn’t be a loan 
  • The said property has to be retained for a duration of 3 years. 

Documents 

The following copies should be available with the investor when applying:

  • Passport 
  • Previous visa 
  • Personal photo (white background) 
  • Title deed of the property 
  • Good Conduct Certificate 
  • Bank statement 
  • Health insurance approved by DHA
  • Utility bill.

Validity

It is valid for 5 years with automatic renewal. 

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You can check this detailed guide for investor visas in Dubai on Property Finder. 

UAE Retirement Visa 

Residents in the UAE who are above the age of 55 years old can apply for a retirement visa.

Requirements 

There are a few rules and regulations to this UAE residency visa for someone looking to retire in the country. 

One of the following requirements must be fulfilled:  

  • The applicant must have an investment in a real estate property that’s worth AED 2 M (in this case it is considered a type of investment visa) 
  • The applicant must have savings in the amount of AED 1 M or more 
  • The applicant has to have ongoing income that’s worth at least AED 20,000 per month
  • The applicant can combine between owning a property and their savings in the UAE, amounting to AED 2 M

Documents 

The below copies are required by the applicants in any of the above cases: 

  • Passport (applicants and their dependants if any)
  • Marriage certificate (when applicants are spouses) 
  • Current UAE residency visa 
  • Emirates ID 

Further specific documents are required depending on the case as follows: 

  1. Real estate investment
    •  Copy of title deed 
  2. Savings 
    • Proof of retirement letter 
    • Proof of savings in UAE letter 
  3. Fixed income 
    • Proof of retirement letter
    • Proof of income letter 
    • Bank statement of 6 months 
  4. Property investment and savings 
    • Copy of title deed 
    • Proof of savings letter.

Validity 

The UAE retirement visa is valid for 5 years and can be renewed. 

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For details on how to retire in Dubai, check this retirement visa guide on Property Finder. 

UAE Employment Visa 

The first type of residency visa in the UAE is obtained when a foreign national is employed by a company within the country. This type of visa allows them to legally live and work in the UAE. 

Sponsorship 

In this case, the employer of the individual will act as a sponsor for them to obtain the visa. Employers can be a private entity located in the mainland or freezone, or they could be a government-owned facility. 

Documents 

Some documents are required from the company and the employee as follows: 

For a mainland company, copies of the following are required:

  1. Company
    1. Trade License 
    2. Company Immigration Card
    3. Company Labour Card
  2. Employee 
    1. Passport
    2. Personal photo (white background)
    3. Education certificate 
    4. Previous residency visa if applicable 
    5. Previous Emirates ID if applicable 
    6. Tourist Visa if applicable 
    7. Health Insurance approved by DHA

For a freezone company or government entity, copies of the following documents are required:

  1. Company
    1. Online visa application 
    2. Trade License
    3. Company Immigration Card
    4. Office Lease Agreement 
  2. Employee 
    1. Passport
    2. Personal photo (white background)
    3. Copy of offer letter/appointment letter 
    4. Education certificate 
    5. Previous residency visa if applicable 
    6. Previous Emirates ID if applicable 
    7. Tourist Visa if applicable 
    8. Health Insurance approved by DHA

Validity 

  • The UAE Employment Visa’s validity with a mainland company is 2 years 
  • The UAE Employment Visa’s validity with a freezone company or government entity is 3 years

Both visas are subject to renewal.

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UAE Company Investor Visa

This UAE residency visa is acquired by foreigners who are owners of their own company in the UAE or hold shares in one. Furthermore, it’s for expats looking to start up their own businesses in the country. 

The UAE residency visa by investment gives legality to its holder to live and work in the country for its duration of validity. 

Documents 

For investing in a mainland company, the following copies are required from the company and the investor:

  1. Company
    1. Trade License
    2. Immigration Establishment Card
    3. Memorandum of Association (LLC) 
    4. Local Service Agreement
    5. Partnership contract if available 
    6. Partners list (LLC)
  2. Investor 
    1. Passport 
    2. Personal photo (white background)
    3. Bank statement if applicable 
    4. Previous visa if applicable 
    5. Previous Emirates ID if applicable 

For those investing in a freezone company or government entity, these copies will be required as follows: 

  1. Company 
    1. Trade License 
    2. Share Certificate 
    3. Immigration Card 
    4. Memorandum of Association 
    5. Certificate of Incorporation 
  2. Investor 
    1. Passport 
    2. Personal photo (white background)
    3. Bank statement if applicable 
    4. Previous visa if applicable 
    5. Previous Emirates ID if applicable 

Validity 

This type of investor visa is valid for 3 years, subject to renewal. 

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UAE Family Visa 

If an expat has acquired any type of residency visa within the UAE, they are then able to be a sponsor to their immediate family. 

Sponsorship

In this case, the person will be able to sponsor their spouse, children, and parents. 

Requirements

To issue a UAE family visa, these rules have to be met:

  • Investors looking to sponsor their family have to pay a refundable amount of AED 3,000 per family member.
  • For employees wanting to sponsor their family, their salary has to be at least AED 4,000. Alternatively, it can be AED 3,000 plus the monthly rent.
  • When sponsoring parents, the person’s monthly income should not be less than AED 20,000. In this case, both parents are sponsored; if one is deceased, their death certificate is required. 

Documents 

Here are the required documents for UAE family visa by the sponsor and dependants:

  1. Sponsor
    1. Passport copy 
    2. UAE residency visa copy
    3. Original Emirates ID
    4. Labour card and contract by Ministry of Labour copy 
    5. For employment by freezone or governmental facility, Arabic salary certificate 
    6. Ejari or Tawtheeq Certificate 
    7. Utility bill 
    8. Bank statement if applicable 
  2. Dependants
    1. Passport (with at least 6 months validity)
    2. Passport-size photo (white background)
    3. Previous visa copy if applicable 
    4. Marriage certificate (if dependant is the spouse) 
    5. Birth certificate for children 
    6. Health insurance approved by DHA

Validity 

  • Family visas have different durations depending on the type of visa their sponsor carries. They can be issued from 1 to 3 years or in parallel to the sponsor’s visa duration. Renewal depends on the case. 
  • Furthermore, family visas are linked to the visas of their sponsors. If for any reason the sponsor’s UAE residency visa is cancelled, then the dependents’ visas have to be cancelled as well. 
  • When the sponsor’s visa is cancelled, a grace period for the UAE family residency visa is 30 days to be cancelled. Following this duration, they are subject to fines. 
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UAE Domestic Workers Visa

If expats are looking to recruit a domestic worker, this residency visa should be issued for the worker.

Sponsorship 

In this case, they are sponsoring either a maid, housekeeper, cook, private driver, or babysitter, and the like.

Requirements 

The below requirements have to be met in order for an expat to be able to sponsor a domestic worker in the UAE:

  • The expat looking to be a sponsor has to earn a salary that’s at least AED 25,000 
  • The domestic worker cannot be related to the person sponsoring them
  • The sponsor has to be a UAE resident already who lives with their family
  • If the domestic worker is a private driver, then the sponsor must have two personal cars registered under their name in the UAE.

Documents 

Here are the documents required to sponsor a domestic worker in the UAE:

  1. Sponsor 
    1. Visa application 
    2. Proof of non-relation (if worker is of the same nationality as their sponsor)
    3. Passport copy 
    4. Resident visa copy 
    5. Passport-size photo (white background)
    6. Bank statement
    7. Labour contract copy
    8. Health insurance card copy
    9. Tenancy contract (at least 2-bedroom unit)
    10. Salary certificate
  2. Worker 
    1. Passport copy 
    2. Visa copy 
    3. Passport-size photo (white background)
    4. Medical fitness certificate from worker’s country of origin

Validity 

The visa will be valid for one year and the sponsor can apply for renewal or cancellation. 

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You can check this guide on Property Finder for details on how to sponsor a housemaid in Dubai.

UAE Specialist Resident Visa 

This is a residency visa that can be granted to special talents working in the Emirates in the fields of science and knowledge. An ongoing employment is mandatory for all applicants. 

Requirements 

Here are the requirements for special talent expats looking to apply for a specialist residency visa in the UAE:

  • Scientists have to be accredited by the Emirates Scientist Council or winners of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence 
  • Applicants working in the culture and arts field have to be accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development 
  • Investors must have patent valuation that adds extreme value to the economy in the UAE, and it has to have approval by the Ministry of Economy 
  • Any exceptional talents must be documented by patents or published in globally recognized journals 
  • Executives applying for this visa must own a renowned company that is considered a leading organization on a global scale 

On the other hand, doctors and specialists need to fulfil at least two requirements from the below list: 

  • The applicant’s PhD has to be from a university that is on the list of the best 500 universities in the world and they have experience working in the field for at least 10 year 
  • The applicant has to be recognized by a special award or a certificate of appreciation for work in their field
  • They have contributed significantly in a large-scale scientific research on their respective fields 
  • An article or scientific book in their field has been published by the applicant in a well-known publication 
  • The applicant is a member of an esteemed organization that specializes in their field of work
  • Their specialty is specifically needed and considered a priority profession in the UAE.

Validity 

The specialist visa’s duration is for 10 years and can be renewed if conditions are still met.

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UAE Student Visa 

Students looking to apply in educational institutions in the UAE can do so through a student residency visa in the UAE. 

Documents 

Here are the documents required by students to obtain this type of visa:

  • Passport copy (validity of at least 6 months) 
  • Passport-size photo (white background) 
  • Visa and tuition fees receipt 
  • Current visa copy (if applicable) 
  • Copy of admission letter.

Validity

The student visa is issued with a 1 year validity period; the student applies for renewal on an annual basis until their education years are done. 

Furthermore, outstanding students can apply for a 5-year student visa, provided they have a grade of 95% in secondary school. For university students, their GPA should be 3.75 at least.

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Now you know what the different types of residency visas in UAE are, so you can take the jump, see what’s your best option, and join one of the most successful countries in the world.

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