Working and living in Dubai has never been better!
There is an ever-growing list of reasons why you should choose Dubai as the location of your business and family home. From the stunning weather and luxurious lifestyle to the thriving economy and its strategic commercial location, it is easy to understand why so many people from around the world choose the city and country as their destination.
A UAE residence visa enables foreigners to live in the UAE for an extended period, typically lasting 2 years (3 years for a free zone company) and up to 10 years through a renewal. Although it does not give you permanent residency in the country, it does allow plenty of time for you to settle and make it a home for years to come.
The Start team can help you learn more about the advantages of securing a residence visa and will guide you through the entire application process. We can manage and submit documentation, communicate with relevant authorities and ensure everything is in place to help you receive your residence visa without any complications or hassle.
How Can I Get A Dubai Residence Visa?
Securing A Long-term Dubai Residence Visa
Many people find that they want to stay in the UAE for longer than 2-3 years, and for entrepreneurs, there are some alternative options available. If you are a high-value investor or classified as a professional or talented researcher, you can apply for a 5-year or 10-year Visa.
Anyone who can invest between 5 and 10 million AED in business, investment funds, or real estate is recognised as a high-value investor. If you can prove your value in science, medicine, or art, you will be recognised as a talented professional, which can help you secure a long-term visa.
How To Renew Your UAE Residence Visa
If your Visa is set to expire you will have to reapply for a new one to legally remain in Dubai. The good news is that the process is much more straightforward than the initial application and requires less documentation.
Around 1-2 weeks ahead of your current visa’s expiration date, you will need to book a medical check-up, which will involve several tests. When you receive your results, you send them and your passport to the immigration office.
The passport stamp is not needed anymore; your visa is being received online. The confirmation will include the renewal length (2-3 years -depending on the type of residence Visa you apply for)
- How We Work
Collect Client Information
Getting you the best advise
We gather all the necessary information and documents from you. This typically includes your personal details, passport copy, visa copy, contact information, and any other required documentation.
We check that you meet the eligibility criteria for obtaining an Emirates ID. This includes having a valid residence visa issued by the UAE immigration authorities
Doing the admin for you
Our team prepares and submits the Emirates ID application on your behalf. This involves completing the relevant application forms, attaching the required documents, and paying the applicable fees.
Biometric Data Collection
Being your support
Once the application is submitted, you will need to visit the designated Emirates ID registration centre for biometric data collection. This includes capturing fingerprints, a digital photograph, and an electronic signature.
Being your support
The Emirates ID authorities will process the application and verify the submitted information. This may involve background checks, verification of documents, and other necessary procedures.
Card Printing and Delivery
Being your support
Once the application is approved, the Emirates ID card will be printed and prepared for delivery. You will typically receive a notification regarding the card collection process.
- Frequently asked questions
To apply for a UAE residence visa, you typically need to have a sponsor, such as an employer or a family member who is a UAE resident. The sponsor initiates the visa application process on your behalf. The specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on the visa type (employment, family, or investor visa), but generally involve submitting necessary documents, medical tests, and obtaining the entry permit, followed by the residence visa upon arrival in the UAE.
The documents required for a UAE residence visa application may vary depending on the visa type and the sponsor. Commonly required documents include a valid passport, passport-sized photographs, completed application forms, medical fitness certificates, Emirates ID application, employment contract (for employment visa), marriage or birth certificates (for family visa), and other supporting documents as specified by the relevant authorities.
The processing time for a UAE residence visa varies depending on several factors, including the visa type, the sponsor’s efficiency, and the workload of the immigration authorities. Typically, the process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. It is advisable to check with the relevant immigration authorities or consult with your sponsor to get an accurate estimate of the processing time.
Yes, with an employment residence visa, you are allowed to work in the UAE. The employment visa is sponsored by your employer and is tied to your employment contract with the company. It allows you to legally work and reside in the UAE for the duration specified in the visa.
Yes, UAE residents with valid residence visas, such as employment visa holders, can sponsor their immediate family members (spouse, children) for a family residence visa. The sponsorship requirements may vary depending on the specific circumstances, and certain criteria, such as minimum salary requirements, may need to be met. The process typically involves submitting the necessary documents and fulfilling the sponsorship obligations as per the UAE immigration regulations.