Difference between an entry permit and a residence visa
An entry permit is a document given by the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) that permits the foreigners to enter as well as stay in the UAE legally for a specific timeframe. The document might be in a physical or an electronic form. However, it’s important to know the difference between an entry permit and a residence visa.
Free zones or free trade zones in Dubai are business zones where organizations working in them are excluded from all types of taxation, for example, Customs, Corporate Tax, Income Tax, Value Added Tax (VAT).
- Employment – entry permit
- Family visit – entry permit
- Tourism/transit – entry permit
- Treatment – entry permit
- Mission – entry permit
- Attending conferences – entry permit
Stay duration for every entry permit contrasts as per the type of entry permit. For instance, entry permits for transit permits the individual to stay in the nation for 4 days, while entry permits for employment permit the employee to stay in the nation for two months (60 days), during which his sponsor should change the employee’s status into residence visa, or else should leave within stay duration. If the entry permit holder doesn’t change his status into residence visa, he needs to leave the nation upon the lapse of entry permit duration to prevent from penalties and fines, or renew inside the recommended periods, as per new news.
Note: New provisions for entry permits and visit visas
Tourists and visitors can apply for the second renewal before the expiry of the first one against Dirham 600 each time of renewal.
The new rule for an extension doesn’t apply on the following categories:
- Tourists and visitors who are residents in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations
- Residents accompanying Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals
- Those who are on 96-hour permit for special missions
- Those who are on special entry permits
What is a Residence visa?
A residence visa requires the individual sponsored to go through a medical exam and verify that he/she is medicinally fit and he/she should pass a security check.
The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) will paste a residence visa on the passport allowing him/her to travel in as well as out of the UAE in the validity period of the visa, given that the duration of travel does not exceed six months (180 days), or else the residence visa will be canceled automatically.