What Types of Resident Visa you can get in UAE


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There is a huge presence of expats in UAE from all over the world. In fact, expats in the United Arab Emirates consist of over 200 nationalities. A resident must have a visa whether a foreign national would like to live, work, or invest in UAE. To make it easier for you to understand the different possibilities. Aston Advisory Group have put down what types of resident visa you can get in UAE. 

UAE Employment Visa 

If a foreign national acquire employment in Dubai. The person must have a resident visa to legally work and live in United Arab Emirates. The employer will be the sponsor of the visa. The employer can be a company from Dubai mainland, a Freezone or from a government entity.

UAE investor Visa or Partner Visa 

If you are a company investor you can get a visa if you own a company, holds shares in an existing organisation or if you want to establish your own business in UAE. The visa is valid for 3 years and can be renewed. The holder of this type of visa can legally live and work in the UAE. They will have the capacity to sponsor the visa of his or her family.

UAE Investor Visa for Public Investments

An expat investor can apply for a 10 year-resident visa in the UAE. The visa can be extended to business partners, provided that each partner contributes AED 10 million investments. The holder of this type of visa will have the capacity to also sponsor the visas of their family members for 10 years.

UAE Resident Visa through Property Investment

An expat investor can apply for a 5 year-resident visa in the UAE without a sponsor. The requirement for this visa is that the investor must invest in a property of a gross value of not less than AED 5 million. The amount invested in the real estate must not be on a loan basis and the property must be retained for at least 3 years.

UAE Resident Visa through Family Sponsorship

If you are a foreign nation who has secured a UAE resident visa. You are able to sponsor the resident visa of your family. The requirement for an investor who would like to sponsor his family, is a refundable deposit of AED 3,000 for each family member. If you are an employee, you can sponsor your family regardless of your job title. The minimum salary requirement is AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation per month. Employees can also sponsor the visa of their parents. The minimum monthly salary requirement is AED 20,000. Both parents must be sponsored. If one parent is deceased, a certificate will be required.

UAE Resident Visa for Domestic Workers in UAE

A resident or a UAE national can recruit a domestic worker under their personal sponsorship. A domestic worker could be a housemaid, babysitter, private driver, cook or similar. The domestic worker must have a resident visa to legally work in the United Arab Emirates. Some of the requirements are that the sponsor earns a monthly salary which is not less than 25,000 AED. The domestic worker must not be related to the sponsor and the sponsor must be a resident. The sponsor must have at least 2 cars registered under his or her name. If the sponsor would like to recruit a personal driver. 

UAE Retirement visa for UAE residents

The retired residents in the UAE over the age of 55 can apply for a retiree visa. The visa will be valid for 5 years and the visa may be renewed. The requirements are an investment in a property worth AED 2 million, financial saving of no less that AED 1 million and an active income of no less that AED 20,000 per month. 

UAE Specialist Resident Visa

A specialist resident visa includes researchers and talents in the fields of knowledge and science such as doctors, scientists, investors, specialist or similar. All categories are required to have a valid employment contract in a specialized field of priority in the United Arab Emirates.

UAE Resident Visa for Students

An expat who would like to study in the United Arab Emirates must obtain a resident visa to join a university. The student visa will be valid for 12 months and can be renewed annually until the duration of his or her program in the university. Different documents are required such as passport copy, admission letter, receipt for visa and tuition fees.

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