DUBAI VISAS 2020-21- UAE

What the different types are of visa available in (Dubai) UAE?

There are two main types of visas that the Dubai authorities issue – Visas for visitors and visas for residents.

There are many subtypes of each of these two main types.

Depending on your nationality, what you are going to do in Dubai, and how long you want to stay, you can decide what type of visa to apply for.OTHER TYPES OF VISAS:

Freehold Property Visa in Dubai

Business visa

Tourist Visa

Patient & His/her companion entry permits

eVisa for GCC residents

Retirement visa for UAE Residents

Transit Visa

Student Visa

FREEHOLD PROPERTY VISA IN DUBAI:

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Individuals who have purchased a property for a minimum value of Dh1 million are entitled to apply for residence visa in the UAE, provided
such a property has been completed and
handed over to its owner by the developer.
Such a visa is valid for two years.
Five-year residence visa will be given to owners of UAE real estate worth at least Dh5 million as long as ownership is not based on loans.
Renewable 10-year visas will be provided to foreigners with investments in the UAE of at least Dh10 million, if non-real estate assets account for at least 60 per cent of the total. Investors can bring spouses and children into the country.
The amount invested shall be wholly owned by the investor and not loaned, and should be proven by supporting documents. There should be an investment retention for at least three years.
The long-term visa could also be extended to include business partners, provided that each partner contributes Dh10 million, the spouse and the children, as well as one executive director and one advisor.

The rule allows investors to enter the country for a six-month period, multiple entry, to apply for the long-term visa requirements.

How to Apply? Contact with us to proceed the visa anytime.

BUSINESS VISA:

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A business visa is part of the Golden Visa system under which foreigners can obtain a long-term visa for themselves and their dependents. An eligible entrepreneur is anyone who has set up a business of his own at some point of time in his career, and wishes to do so again in the UAE.

What is a Business visa?

A business visa is part of the Golden Visa system under which foreigners can obtain a long-term visa for themselves and their dependents. It aims to create an attractive environment for businesses and the UAE’s economic growth.

Eligibility Criteria

Professionals from any country with entrepreneurial experience are eligible to apply for the business visa. An eligible entrepreneur is anyone who has set up a business of his own at some point in his career, and wishes to do so again in the UAE.

To obtain the business applicants, you must:

  • be able to substantiate your experience as an entrepreneur
  • have been a majority shareholder of a start-up or a member of its senior leadership
  • be willing to relocate to the UAE and legally establish a business in one of the seven emirates
  • Have a business idea or a business plan that you wish to bring to life in the UAE.

In addition, applicants must successfully pass the requirements of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, including a background check and health assessment.

Qualifying for the business visa does not guarantee that the applicant will receive the visa. Specialized committees review the application and the attached documents, and grant an approval accordingly. Once approved, the applicant will be required to follow the requirements of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in order to be issued the visa.

APPLYING FO RBUSINESS VISA:

Contact with Emaraat Business Consultant to proceed your business visa for you.

Benefits of business visa

Once the visa is issued, the applicant is allowed to:

  • enter the country for a period of six months with a multiple-entry visa, to facilitate the procedures of establishing the business
  • ·nominate up to three of his business’s senior staff to obtain residency.

All visa holders will be allowed to sponsor their dependents subject to the conditions & requirements as set out by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

TOURSIT VISA:

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Depending on your plan, tourist visas to the UAE can be issued for 30 days or 90 days for single or multiple entries. Tourist visas can be extended for 30 days twice, without the need to leave the country.

Whom is a tourist visa for?

Tourist visa is for those who are not eligible for visa on arrival or a visa-free entry to the UAE. Tourist visa can be obtained for eligible individual tourists from around the world. Females below the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless they are travelling with their parents.

According to a Cabinet resolution passed in July 2018, children under the age of 18 years who are accompanying adults, can get a free visa for their visit from 15 July to 15 September each year.

What is the validity of a Tourist Visa?

Depending on your plan, tourist visas to the UAE can be issued for 30 days or 90 days duration, single entry or multiple entry.

Renewing or extending Tourist Visa

All types of visit and tourist visas can be extended for 30 days twice, upon applying for it and after successful approval by the relevant authority. This can be done without the need to leave the country.

Visitors and tourists can apply for the second renewal before the expiry of the first one against AED 600 each time of renewal.

Visa over stayers who do not renew, as above, will have to pay AED 100 fine for each day of their overstay, to be calculated from 10 days after the visa expiry.

However, the new rule for extension does not apply on the following categories:

  • visitors and tourists who are residents in GCC countries
  • residents accompanying GCC nationals
  • those on special entry permits
  • Those on 96-hour permit for special missions.

PATIENT & HIS/HER COMPANION ENTRY PERMITS:

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Foreign patients can enter the UAE for treatment under the sponsorship of the medical establishment where he would be seeking treatment. The entry permit of the patient’s companion can be extended only once provided that a duly certified medical report states that the patient needs to continue treatment and that his companion is needed in the UAE.

Patient entry permit

Foreign patients can enter the UAE for treatment under sponsorship of medical establishment and government and private hospitals. The sponsor (medical establishment) takes the responsibility of processing entry permits for treatment upon the patient’s request. Please find more information about the medical establishments and healthcare providers in the UAE

IN DUBAI

General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai grants entry permit for treatment on the sponsorship of medical establishments (public and private) to foreigners wishing to enter the UAE for treatment. Permits are of two types:

  • Medical Treatment Entry Permit – Single Entry: entitling its holder to enter the UAE within 60 days from the date of issue and stay for a period of 90 days from the date of entry; it is extendable and for single entry only.
  • Medical Treatment Entry Permit – Multiple Entry:  entitling its holder to enter the UAE within 60 days from the date of issue and stay for a period of 90 days from the date of entry; it is extendable and for multiple entries.

The entry permit for treatment can be extended only once provided that a duly certified medical report states that the patient needs to continue treatment.

Required documents

The following documents are needed to process the entry permit:

  • Patient’s passport copy
  • A letter from a registered hospital explaining reasons of visit
  • Patient’s health insurance
  • Financial security.

Conditions

The sponsor must be a hospital licensed and registered in the UAE

Patient companion entry permit

IN DUBAI

General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs grants entry permit to foreigner patient’s companion. Permits are of two types:

  • Single entry permits for a patient’s companion – entitling its holder to enter the UAE within 60 days from the date of issue and stay for a period of 90 days from the date of entry. It is extendable on the basis of a duly certified medical report and valid for single entry only.
  • Multiple entry permits for a patient’s companion entitling its holder to enter the UAE within 60 days from the date of issue and stay for a period of 90 days from the date of entry. It is extendable and for multiple entries.

The companion’s entry permit can be extended only once provided that a duly certified medical report states that the patient needs to continue treatment and that his companion is needed in the UAE.

Required documents

The following documents are needed to process the entry permit:

  • Companion’s passport copy
  • Companion’s health insurance
  • Financial security.

Conditions

The issuance of the entry permit is subject to the following conditions:

  • The sponsor must be a hospital licensed and registered in the UAE
  • The companion must enter with the patient having a similar entry permit.

e-VISA FOR GCC RESIDENTS:

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GCC residents and their companions need to apply online for a visa to enter the UAE. The visa is valid for 30 days and is extendable once for 30 days.

e-Visa application

GCC residents and their companions need to apply online for a visa and must obtain the same before arriving in the UAE.

Notes and Conditions

  • e-Visa will be sent to you to your registered email address once your application is approved
  • Application for GCC expatriate residents and companions travelling with GCC citizens will not be approved if the sponsor is not travelling along with them
  • GCC residents’ entry permit is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and they are allowed to stay for 30 days from the date of entry. The visa is extendable once for 30 days
  • Entry permit for companions travelling with GCC citizens is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and they are allowed to stay for 60 days from the date of entry. The visa is extendable once for 60 days
  • Upon arrival, if the GCC residence visa is found to be expired or cancelled, he will not be granted entry
  • If the profession of the GCC resident is found to be changed after the issuance of his entry permit, the entry permit holder will not be granted entry
  • GCC residency must be valid for at least 3 months from the arrival date
  • The passport of GCC residents must be valid at least 3 months from the arrival date.

RETIREMENT VISA FOR UAE RESIDENTS:

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Retired residents over the age of 55 can get a long-term residence visa for a period of 5 years. The visa may be renewed if the eligibility criteria is met.

In September 2018, the UAE Cabinet approved a law to provide retired residents over the age of 55 a long-term visa for a period of 5 years. The visa may be renewed if the eligibility criteria is met.

For a retiree to be eligible for a 5-year renewable retirement visa, he must fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • invest in a property worth AED 2 million 
  • have financial savings of no less than AED 1 million
  • Have an active income of no less than AED 20,000 per month.

The visa is valid for 5 years with the possibility of renewing it if they meet the eligibility criteria.

TRANSIT VISA:

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The UAE issues two types of transit visas: one for 48 hours which is free of charge, and another for 96 hours for AED 50 only. Transit visas are sponsored only by the UAE-based airlines and must be processed and approved before entering the UAE. Both types of transit visas are not extendable.

Who needs a transit visa?

If you are not one of the nationalities that are eligible for visa on arrival or a visa-free entry to the UAE, then you need a transit visa.

Who can apply for your transit visa?

Only the UAE based-airlines, you are travelling through can arrange your transit visa prior to your journey. If your trip is through a travel agency, the agency can also help you get the visa, but all visas are routed through the airline. Airline agents can apply online for transit visas through one of the following means:

  • the e-Channel portal
  • Online channels offered by the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in each emirate.

Duration of transit visa

Transit visa is issued either for 48 hours or for 96 hours. Please note that once a 48 hours visa is issued, it cannot be extended to 96 hours.

Transit visas for 48 hours

Transit visas for 48 hours are issued free of charge to passengers transiting through the UAE’s airports. You need to apply for the visa in advance through a UAE-based airline. This visa is not extendable, nor renewable. The validity of the visa is 48 hours from entry into the UAE, and you must leave the UAE within 48 hours from arrival.

To get a transit visa, you must have:

  • a passport or travel document with a minimum validity of three months
  • a photo of self against a white background
  • An onward ticket booking to a 3rd destination, other than the one you are coming from.

Transit visas for 96 hours

Transit visas for 96 hours are issued against a fee of AED 50 to passengers transiting through the UAE’s airports. You need to apply for the visa in advance through a UAE-based airline. This visa is not extendable, nor renewable. The validity of the visa is 96 hours from entry into the UAE, and you must leave the UAE within 96 hours from arrival.

To get a transit visa, you must have:

  • a passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months
  • a photo of self against a white background
  • An onward ticket booking to a 3rd destination, other than the one you are coming from.

Important note

No fees or additional amounts can be imposed by any federal, local or private entity. A departure fee of AED 30 is levied on each passenger passing through the UAE’s airports.

STUDENT VISA:

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A student visa is issued to expatriate students who are over 18 years and residing in the UAE. Outstanding students can get a long-term visa of 5 years. 

Long-term visa for outstanding students

On 24 November 2018, the UAE government approved a decision to grant a 5-year visa to outstanding students.

Eligibility conditions for a 5-year visa are:

  • School students must graduate with a grade of at least 95 per cent from secondary schools whether public or private.
  • University students must graduate with a distinctive GPA of at least 3.75 from universities within and outside the country.

Visa benefits will also include families of the outstanding students.

Who is a student visa for?

A student’s visa is for a university or a college student studying in the UAE. The student must be at least 18 years of age.

Key requirements of a student’s visa

In order to secure a freshman student’s visa, the applicant must obtain an official admission letter from the university he is studying at. For older students, a certificate of continuation of study is needed. Other requirements include:

  • passing medical fitness test
  • a visa sponsor, either the university itself or a parent or relative
  • Approval of the relevant (GDRFA).

What is the term of validity of the student’s visa?

Currently, a student’s visa is given for a duration of one year, at a time, renewable for a similar period upon an official proof of continuation of a study issued from the relevant higher educational institute in the UAE where the student is admitted.

Who can provide a student’s visa?

Student’s visa in the UAE can be secured either by residents sponsoring their children or by one of the accredited universities/colleges in the UAE. Visa applications are processed through visa authorities represented by the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in each emirate.

How can universities and colleges secure a visa for their students?

Accredited universities and colleges in the UAE can secure a visa for their students whether international students or students already residing in the UAE. Students should refer to terms and conditions listed in each university or college to know specific requirements for admission and visa process.

Admission in one of the UAE universities does not guarantee that visa will be issued. Visa issuance is subject to certain requirements, which include passing a medical fitness test, a security check and the approval of the GDRFA in the relevant emirate. These are the available channels to apply for a student’s visa in the UAE.

How can UAE expatriate residents secure a student’s visa for their children?

UAE laws do not allow a resident expatriate to continue sponsoring their male children above the age of 18. An exception is given to male students who continue their studies in one of the higher educational institutes in the UAE or abroad. Therefore, male students over the age 18 can remain on their parent’s residence visa sponsorship as long as they provide an evidence of attendance at a higher educational institute for a minimum of one year’s course. Expatriate parents may continue to sponsor their female children for study, regardless of their children’s age.

Note: New rules for children’s visa sponsored by parents

Starting from 21 October 2018, students who graduate from their universities or secondary schools or complete 18 years of age will be granted a one-year residence visa, renewable for another year from the graduation date or on completing 18 years.

For this type of visa, parents are not required to place bank deposits. The visa will cost AED100 for first time issuing and renewal.

To avail this service, parents must present duly attested graduation certificates from universities or schools, whether inside the country or abroad.

EMARAAT BUSINESS CONSULTANT providing you a best quality service of all type of Visa processing in Dubai – UAE. Contact with us today at info@emaraatbusinessconsultant.com or by using mobile number/whats app at +971 56 952 9654.

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Mr. Arslan Rashid

Mrs. Saman Arslan

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