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What is resident visa process?

STEP 1
NYUAD prepares your Ministry of Labor Offer Letter.
STEP 2
NYUAD obtains your work permit.
STEP 3
NYUAD obtains your entry permit and sends it to your via email
STEP 4
Enter the UAE on Entry Permit and begin working at NYUAD
STEP 5
Complete your medical test and fingerprinting in Abu Dhabi
STEP 6
Receive your Residence visa
STEP 7
Receive your Emirates ID card

UAE Resident Visa

The United Arab Emirates is the home for expatriates from all over the world, UAE expats consist of over 200 nationalities.

A UAE resident visa must be secured whether a foreign national would like to invest, work or just live in the UAE.

What are the types of Resident Visas?

Before applying to UAE , the first step is to decide : Why you want to settle in UAE? What is your purpose? What are your future plans?

Types of Resident visas in UAE


  • UAE Resident Visa through Employment (UAE Employment Visa)
  • UAE Investor Visa or Partner Visa
  • UAE Investor Visa for Public Investments of at least AED 10 Million
  • UAE Resident Visa through Property Investment in the UAE
  • UAE Resident Visa through Family Sponsorship
  • UAE Resident Visa for Domestic Workers in UAE
  • UAE Retirement visa for UAE residents
  • UAE Specialist Resident Visa
  • UAE Resident Visa for Students




UAE Investor Visa and Golden Visa


A company investor visa is granted to the foreign nationals who owns a company, holds shares in an existing entity or expatriates who wish to establish their own business in UAE. The company investor visa is valid for 3 years and can be renewed. The holder of this type of visa can legally live and work in UAE and will have the capacity to sponsor the visa of their family. If you have UAE Golden Visa you can get the 100% ownership on your business without the requirement of national sponsor.




UAE Investor Visa for Public Investments of at least AED 10 Million


An expatriate investor can apply for a 10 year-resident visa in the UAE. The investment requirements are as follows:

  • A deposit of at least AED 10 million in an investment fund inside the country
  • Establishing a company in the UAE with a capital of not less than AED 10 million
  • Partnering in an existing or a new company with a share value of not less than AED 10 million
  • Having a total investment of not less than AED 10 million in all areas mentioned, on condition that the investment in the sectors other than real estate is not less than 60 % of the total investment.
  • Granting the visa is subject to the following condition:
  • The amount invested must not be loaned.
  • The investment should be retained for at least three years
  • There should be a financial solvency up to AED 10 million.




UAE Resident Visa through Employment (UAE Employment Visa)


  • If a foreign national obtains employment in the UAE, he or she must have a resident visa to legally work and live in UAE. The employer will be the sponsor of the visa. The employer can be a company from UAE mainland or from a Freezone jurisdictions or from a UAE government entity.
  • The first step is to process the employment visa. If the employee was hired abroad, then the employment visa will entitle him or her to enter UAE under this visa. Once the employee has entered the country, he or she needs to undertake a medical test and will complete the emirates identity card biometrics for the issuance of the resident visa and Emirate ID Card.
  • If the employee was hired inside the country, then the employee visa status can be changed via an in country application. The employee can then undertake the medical test and complete the emirates identity card biometrics for the issuance of the resident visa and Emirate ID Card.
  • The resident visa sponsored by a mainland or LLC company is valid for 2 years. Whilst a UAE resident visa sponsored by a freezone or government entity will be valid for 3 years. The resident visas by employment can be renewed after this period.




UAE Resident Visa through Property Investment in the UAE


An expatriate investor can apply for a 5 year-resident visa in the UAE without a sponsor, provided that the following requirements are being met:

  • 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
  • The property must be retained for at least 3 years.




UAE Resident Visa through Family Sponsorship


A foreign national who has secured a UAE resident visa can sponsor the resident visa of their families. The requirements are:

  • For an investor who would like to sponsor his family, a refundable deposit of AED 3,000 for each family members is required.
  • Employees can sponsor their family regardless of their job title and the minimum salary requirement is AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation per month.
  • Employees can 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, then the death certificate** will be required.




UAE Resident Visa for Domestic Workers in UAE


The category of the domestic worker are - housemaid, babysitter, cook, private driver, housekeeper, and similar. The domestic worker must have a resident visa to legally work in UAE. An expatriate resident has the capacity to sponsor the resident visa of a domestic worker if:

  • The sponsor earns a monthly salary which is not less than AED 25,000
  • The domestic worker is not related to the sponsor.
  • If the domestic worker is the same nationality of the sponsor, the sponsor must obtain from the consulate or embassy in the UAE that verifies there is no family relationship between the sponsor and the domestic worker.
  • The sponsor should be a resident in the UAE living with his or her family.
  • The sponsor must have at least 2 cars registered under his or her name, if he 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, provided that the retiree fulfills one of the following eligibility criteria:

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




UAE Specialist Resident Visa


This includes specialist talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge such as doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors, as well as creative individuals in the field of culture and art. All categories are required to have a valid employment contract in a specialized field of priority in the UAE.




UAE Resident Visa for Students


An expatriate who would like to study in UAE 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.