Dubai residence visa requirements
UAE stands out as one of the most expat-friendly countries to live in. It is comprised of different Emirates or states in simple terms. They are Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm al Quwain, and Dubai, in particular, is one of the most popular ones.
If you are looking to move in here then you must make yourself familiar with the Dubai residence visa requirements.
By residence visa, I refer to a work permit that allows you to stay and work legally inside the UAE. I shall discuss in detail about the Dubai residence visa requirements currently asked when processing the visa applications.
- The first requirement is a full spread passport copy of the information page on your passport. It must be a clear colored scanned copy of a passport that still has validity for the next 6 months.
For Indian nationals, they need to send the first and last page of the passport; and Pakistani nationals have to send the passport information page, the second page of their passport and the national ID copy.
- The second Dubai residence visa requirement is a recent passport size photograph scanned, of yourself standing in front of white background. I suggest refraining from wearing jewelry, open clothes or glasses since in some rare cases the immigration here rejects this. I also recommend that if you can, shave off the beard as some emirates like Umm al Quwain and Sharjah do not accept pictures of people with much facial hair as this tends to hide the face.
- The third requirement is an attested education degree. If you have any sort of higher education certificate that you wish to use in UAE in order to get a managerial visa position, then you must notarise and attest it at the UAE embassy in your home country and further attest it here in the UAE at the ministry of foreign affairs (MOFA). Some UAE free zones further ask you to legally translate it into Arabic through a legal translator here in UAE.
They are easy to find and charge a reasonable fee of about 100 AED per page.
I know that some of you do not have education certificates and that is fine too, you can still get a Dubai residence visa but with a basic position on your visa like Sales executive. It will work just as fine as the managerial. The only difference is that when you travel to any other Gulf country around UAE with the Dubai residence visa that is managerial, you will be allowed to go inside that country with just the Dubai visa.
But if you have the basic lower visa positions, you shall have to apply for a visa for each respective Gulf country before you go in.
- The fourth requirement is Visa questions. This, I am sure all of us can answer, as they only ask for basic information like father’s name, mother’s name, address in your home country, marital status, age, religion and so on. Be careful and accurate when answering them especially when answering the question about religion. You will thank me later when you try to apply for a liquor license in UAE and the guy at the counter will look you up in their system and find that if you had input Muslim as your religion. That’s right you cannot get the liquor license if your religion is Muslim since this goes against the religion.
You shall have to do the tedious job of rectifying it at the Dubai main immigration in order to get the liquor license.
- Lastly, you shall be required to or rather, the employer will ask you to sign an employment contract as proof to you, the employer and the immigration that you will indeed reside here for work purposes. This can be done virtually by email or in some cases hard copies. If you have your own business, in most free zones you will not need to sign an employment contract a ta ll.
I have tried to summarise this as best as I could but keep in mind that Dubai residence visa requirements may vary from time to time and case to case. Good luck and you are most welcome to Dubai.