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Residence Visa in Dubai

UAE Residence visa

UAE residence visa is a permit that allows foreign people to live in this country for a long period of time. The visa can be valid for 2-3 or even 10 years and maybe renewed as many times as a person needs. Many international families living in the Emirates for generations, just keeping on renewing their visas regularly.

UAE permanent residency does not exist as such. Being a UAE permanent resident simply means having a visa stamp in your passport and constantly living in this country.


There are a few ways to obtain UAE residency:
  • Setup a business in the UAE
  • Get employed
  • Open a freelance permit in Dubai or other Emirates
  • Enroll in a college or university
  • Be a dependent (it can be a child or a retired parent of a resident)
  • Own property with a value over 1 mln AED
  • UAE Golden visa
  • UAE residency visa for retirees


There are a few ways to obtain UAE residency:


In order to apply for a visa, you need to open a company under your name in one of the business registration authorities of the UAE.

There are over 40 of them and you can either search for a suitable registering body by yourself or get help from business setup consultants in Dubai.


If you are getting the visa as the business owner, the process would be the following:

  1. Registration of a company
  2. Getting establishment card (it’s an immigrational document of your company which allows you to start visa applications)
  3. Obtaining entry permit (a prerequisite of a resident visa, which is done at its initial stage)
  4. Making Emirates ID application and doing medical tests
  5. Stamping the visa into your passport


Normally you can stay in your home country during the company incorporation, establishment card and entry visa-issuing (provided that you visited UAE at least once in the past).

Your personal presence is required at the stage of Medical check and Emirates ID application and visa stamping. Your passport will be taken to the immigration office for the stamping and you will not be able to leave UAE until the process is completed.

Overall, visa stamping including Medicals and ID takes 5 working days.

Frequently Asked Questions

International Free Zone Authority Dubai, Dubai offers one of the most cost-effective company formation packages starting from AED 12,500 only. For full details of various available options, please refer to our pricing packages.

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