Types of Visa in Dubai

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All visitors entering Dubai require a visa, except if they are from one of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, in which case it allows a visa to them on the entrance.

Visa is an official document stamp, which is in your passport; it allows you to enter a specific country for a particular period. Under United Arab Emirates Law, there are different types of visas that are available. The type of visa relies upon the entry purpose of a visitor.

Types of Visa in Dubai

Employment Visa: Employment visas enable a foreign national to work in the UAE for a particular period. This normally includes sponsorship for an Employment visa. Employment visas are also called work visas or work permits.

To get an employment visa in Dubai, you must have an offer letter from the employer in the United Arab Emirates. The employee should sign the offer letter. Employment visa in Dubai requires approval from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Social Affairs, which is issued by the Immigration Department.

Visit/Tourist Visa: Visit/Tourist visa is for individuals who are not qualified for visas on arrival or a visa-free entry to the United Arab Emirates. Females under the age of 18 are not qualified to apply for this type of visa except if they are traveling with their parents.

The validity of a Visit/Tourist visa relies upon your plan, Visit/Tourist visa can be issued for 30 or 90 days term, single or multiple entries. Visit/Tourist visa can be extended for 30 days twice, at the time of renewal without leaving the country. 

Family/Residence Visa: Expat residents, both employers and also employees, can sponsor their families in the United Arab Emirates provided they have a valid residence visa. Family members are given visas for one, two or three years relying upon the nature of the labor contract and work of the member who will sponsor as well as his capacity as an employer or employee.

Expat employees are given residence visa for one or two years depending on their labor contract, while expat employers are given residence visa for three years.

Investor/Partner Visa: Investor/Partner Visa is intended for foreign nationals trying to build up their own business or to invest in a current business, in the United Arab Emirates. This visa qualifies the holder to live and work in the United Arab Emirates until three years.

To get an investor visa in the United Arab Emirates, it requires one to satisfy certain criteria and submit a security deposit.

Maid Visa: Maid visa can be acquired by the head of the family (who will be the called sponsor, and mostly the male), whose salary isn’t under Dh5000 per month or Dh6000 plus the accommodation. Bachelors are not qualified to sponsor a maid.

You can just sponsor a maid from the accompanying nations: India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

Documents required for Employment Visa in Dubai

  • Offer letter
  • Passport copy
  • Visa copy
  • Passport size picture with white background
  • Degree Certificate

Documents required for Visit/Tourist Visa in Dubai

  • Passport copy
  • Passport size picture with white background

Documents required for Investor/Partner Visa in Dubai

  • Passport copy
  • Passport size picture with white background
  • Copy of MOA
  • Trade License Copy
  • List of the partners
  • Copy of service agent contract
  • Bank statement

Documents required for Family/Residence Visa in Dubai

  • Passport Copy of Wife & children
  • Passport size picture with the white background of each sponsored person
  • Sponsor’s original Emirates ID & passport
  • Attested Marriage Certificate
  • Attested Birth Certificate
  • Tenancy contract & Electricity Bill
  • Bank Statement

Documents required for Maid Visa in Dubai

  • Passport Copy of Wife & children
  • Passport size picture with white background
  • Original passport of spouse & sponsor
  • Sponsor’s Emirates ID
  • Sponsor’s Attested marriage Certificate
  • Labor Contract
  • Tenancy Contract a minimum of two bedrooms
  • Electricity and Water Bill
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