Types of Dubai Residence Visa and How to Apply

Dubai Residence Visa

One of the most sought-after visas in the world is the Dubai Residence visa. This visa enables an individual to reside and work in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a period of one or three years…

With this visa, immigrants are free to reside anywhere in the nation. A property in Dubai is unlike any other, not just because it is richer but also because it is safer and more secure.

Dubai Residence Visa (s)

There are two categories of resident visas available in Dubai: temporary and permanent. Those who have lived in Dubai before or who want to do so in the future are eligible for the permanent one.

For foreigners who wish to reside in Dubai but wish to leave when their residency period expires, there is also the temporary option.

1. Employment/work Visa

There are three different ways to obtain a work visa: the ordinary work visa, the green work visa, and the domestic worker visa. Government and commercial sector workers are granted the normal work visa. For five years, qualified workers can apply for and receive a green visa. For domestic helpers, the final category of visas is granted.

Who can apply for a Green visa?

2. Dubai Family Visa

Sponsorship of residence visas for family members is available to both employers and employees who hold valid UAE residence visas.

Employees who make a minimum income of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation, regardless of their job title, can now sponsor their families, unlike in the past. Any new arrivals who have turned 18 must pass the clearing medical fitness check.

Sponsorship requirements:

  • Expatriate residents can sponsor their families to reside in the UAE if they have a valid residence permit/visa.
  • The sponsor must have a minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation.
  • Male and female family members who are to be sponsored and who have completed the age of 18 need to undergo and pass medical fitness tests at approved health centres (PDF, 1 MB) in the UAE.
    • Notes:
      – A mother can sponsor her children in special cases approved by the ICP.
      – A resident sponsor has 60 days to apply for his dependents’ residence visa after they enter the UAE under an entry permit.
      – A resident can sponsor his parents, and the residence visa will be granted on a yearly basis regardless of the duration of the sponsor’s visa.
      – The type of profession is no longer a condition for an expatriate worker to be able to sponsor his family visas.
      – Medically unfit people will not be granted a residence visa.
      – Residents who are detected with dormant or inactive pulmonary tuberculosis are also considered medically fit and are granted a one-year ‘Health Fitness Certificate for Residence’ subject to treatment and follow-up by the respective health authority.
    • Read more About Family Visa: https://u.ae/en/information-and-services/visa-and-emirates-id/residence-visas/residence-visa-for-family-members

3. Dubai Investment Visa

Residents can immigrate to Dubai via non-exclusive or exclusive categories, depending on the amount and kind of investment made. The sort of credit sought and the source of funds influence the magnitude of the investment.

Investors who set up shop or engage in business activities in the UAE are granted a green visa. Learn about additional prerequisites and how to apply.
Green visa for investors

Investors who set a shop or engage in business activities in the UAE are granted the Green visa. It takes the place of the prior residence visa, which had a two-year expiration date. A few prerequisites are:

4. UAE Golden visa or Green visa

Foreign talent can live, work, or study in the UAE with exceptional perks thanks to the Golden visa, a long-term resident permit. Those who qualify for the Golden visa include investors, business owners, scientists, exceptional students and graduates, pioneers in humanitarianism, and front-line heroes.

Learn about the prerequisites and advantages of the Golden visa, then locate digital services to submit your application.

What is the UAE’s Golden visa?

The UAE’s ‘Golden visa’ is a long-term residence visa which enables foreign talents to live, work or study in the UAE while enjoying exclusive benefits which include:

  • an entry visa for six months with multiple entries to proceed with residence issuance
  • a long-term, renewable residence visa valid for 5 or 10 years
  • the privilege of not needing a sponsor
  • the ability to stay outside the UAE for more than the usual period of six months in order to keep their residence visa valid
  • the ability to sponsor their family members, including spouses and children regardless of their ages
  • the ability to sponsor unlimited number of domestic helpers
  • the permit for family members to stay in the UAE until the end of their permit duration, if the primary holder of the Golden visa passes away.

Golden visa requirements

Requirements for the Golden visa depend on the type of residence, whether investor, talent, entrepreneur, etc.

Investors in public investments

If you invest in an investment fund, you may be granted a Golden Visa for a period of 10 years without a sponsor, subject to the:
submission of a letter from an investment fund accredited in the UAE stating that the investor has a deposit of AED two million, or

submission of a valid commercial licence or industrial licence and a memorandum of association stating that the investor’s capital is not less than AED two million
submission of a letter from Federal Tax Authority stating that the investor pays the government no less than AED 250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand) annually.

Additionally, you must: own the invested capital completely; it must not be a loan and
provide proof of medical insurance for himself and his family (if any).

Real estate investors

A Golden visa may be issued to you if you possess a property or collection of properties for a period of five years, renewable under the same terms, and you do not need a sponsor if you meet the following requirements:

a document from the relevant emirate’s land department attesting to his ownership of one or more properties valued at a minimum of two million dirhams; the acquisition of a property through the use of a loan from particular local banks that has been authorized by the appropriate local body.


If you are an entrepreneur with a risk-taking and innovative economic project that is of a technical or future nature, you may be eligible for a five-year Golden visa. Furthermore, you need to obtain an authorization letter from every one of the following:

an auditor in the UAE stating that the project value is not less than 500,000 dirhams
the authorities in the emirate stating that the project is of a technical or future nature
an accredited business incubator in the UAE to establish the proposed activity in the country.

Outstanding Specialised Talents

Outstanding specialised talents include:

  • Doctors
  • Scientists
  • Creative people of culture and art
  • Inventors
  • Executives. specialists in scientific fields
  • Athletes
  • Doctoral degree holders and

5. UAE residence visa for retirees:

Over 55-year-old retirees may apply for a five-year long-term visa. Learn about further qualifying requirements and the application process.


Retired residents over the age of 55 can apply for a long-term visa of 5 years.
For a retiree to be eligible for the retirement visa, he/she must:

– have worked for not less than 15 years inside or outside the UAE, or be 55 years old or more at the time of retirement

– own a property/properties of no less than AED 1 million, have financial savings of no less than AED 1 million or have a monthly income of AED 20,000 (15,000 a month for Dubai), and provide bank statement for the last six months.

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

Learn about the retirement programme in Dubai and how to apply for a visa.
Apply for retirement visa : https://www.visitdubai.com/en/retire-in-dubai/apply-for-your-visa

6. Student Visa

A student may remain in the United Arab Emirates to further their studies, either with the support of their parent, who must be a resident of the country, or by the sponsorship of the recognized school or university they attend.

Universities’ Student Affairs offices will help students with the visa application procedure.
A student’s visa is granted for a year at a time and can be extended for another year provided the educational institution where they are enrolled provides documentation of their continued studies.

Up until the age of 25, male offspring of expatriate residents are eligible to be sponsored.
Key requirements
To apply for a student visa, you must submit:

  • a certificate issued by the university or institute specifying the duration of the study
  • other general requirements stated in the general provisions for the residence visa.
    Related links:
    Student visa options – Visit Dubai
    Visa Process – Abu Dhabi University
    Apply for Visa and UAE ID Card – Sharjah University
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