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July 07, 2019

Visa Rules for Divorced Women, Widows and their Children

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UAE started implementing a new visa rule for divorced women, widows and their children since October 2018. The rule grants one-year residence visa extension for widowed and divorced women and their children without the need of a sponsor from the date of death of the husband or divorce.

The extension rule applies even if the women have no children and this type of visa is renewable for one time only.

To avail visa extension, certain conditions must be met which are:

1: Mother or children must be under husband's visa at the time of the death or divorce.
2: The visas of mother and children must be valid at the time of death or divorce.
3: The children’s residency period does not exceed the residency period of the mother.

How to apply for One year residence visa for widowed/divorced women?


The widow or divorcee will need to submit an application through the relevant GDRFA channels for a residency extension along with the following:

1: A proof of divorce or death as the case maybe
2: A proof of availability of house for the woman
3: A proof of the woman’s ability to earn a living
4: Medical fitness certificates for the woman and her children over the age 18
5: Emirates ID
6: Health insurance cards, as applicable in some emirates.

Also Read: Gratuity for Maids in UAE

Applicable fees:


1: Cancellation fees of AED100 for each previous residency visas of the woman and her children will be levied.
2: 100 AED of fees will be charged for one year residency extension for widowed and divorced women.
July 06, 2019

How to Apply for UAE Visa Online and Offline

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If you have question in mind on how to apply for UAE visa or entry permit, you are on right page, applying for UAE visa or entry permits is easy as cooking noodles.

You can apply for entry permits or UAE visas through the below mentioned official website of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA-the e-channel for residency and citizenship), or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) which works under the ministry.

ICA offers only online channels to apply for UAE visa or entry permits while the GDRFA offer both online and offline channels to get visa.

Online channels to Apply UAE Visa and Entry Permits:


These are the online channels for applying entry permits UAE:

1: The e-Channels portal
2: The website of GDRFA
3: The smart phone or mobile applications

How to use the e-Channels portal for Visas:


Through the e-Channels portal, both individuals and registered companies in the United Arab Emirates can apply for a new UAE visa or visa renewal. In order to apply, individuals and companies must first register themselves to the visa portal.

Note that e-Visa can be used at entry port in the UAE without the need to put the original visa in the entry port before the arrival of the sponsored.


Website of GDRFA for all emirates:


You can apply online for visa through the websites of the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in each emirate. The links to GDRFA website for each state is listed below:

GDRFA for Abu Dhabi 
GDRFA and Amer for Dubai
GDRFA for Sharjah
GDRFA for Ajman
GDRFA for Ras Al Khaimah 
GDRFA for Fujairah

Note: For Dubai the GDRFA provides another service named Amer.ae which can help residents and nationals to apply for entry permits uae or UAE resident visa for their families.

Through Amer.ae visitors can also extend their visa on arrival.

Apply UAE Visa through Mobile Apps:


People who wish to apply for UAE entry permit or UAE resident visa can use below applications on their smart phones.

ICA e-Channel for Apple and Android (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship)
GDRFA for Apple and Android (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs)

Offline Channels to apply UAE Visa or Entry Permit UAE:


UAE Typing centres:

Offline visa applications can be done through licensed (registered) typing centres across United Arab Emirates where visa application is typed and processed through the GDRFA of the respective emirate.

Upon approval of visa application, the sponsor will receive a message about the approval and the original entry permit.

Amer Centres:

People who wish to get Dubai Visa, Amer centres can help them.
The Government of Dubai stipulates that all entry permit and visa transactions must be carried out through its Amer centres across Dubai. Click here to locate the branches and contact Amer centres in Dubai easily.

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July 04, 2019

Do You Need an Entry Permit or Visa to Enter UAE?

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Who needs an Entry Permit or Visa to enter UAE? GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE. Some of the other nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival while others need to apply for a visa in advance. Find out if you need a visa to enter the UAE.

Entry permits and visa policies:
The UAE visa and permit system works according to rules and regulations set by Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and its affiliated Directorates of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in each emirate.

Visa-Free Entry:
Citizens of GCC countries do not require a visa or permit or to be sponsored by a national or resident in the UAE. They need to produce their GCC country passport or national ID card at the point of entry into the UAE.

Pre-arranged entry permits:
All those who do not fall into visa-free category will require an entry permit prior to arrival into the UAE and someone to sponsor it.

What type of entry permit you need?
The entry permit you need depends on the purpose of your visit. It could be for:

1: Tourism
2: Visit
3: Transit
4: Work.

Requirements for an entry permit UAE:

1: You need a sponsor to apply for your entry permit. The sponsor could be:

An Emirati citizen
An expatriate resident with valid residency permit in the UAE
A UAE-based airline
A UAE-based hotel or tour agent
A government entity
UAE companies in the private sector or free zones.

2:  Prospective visitors seeking entry permits UAE are required to have a genuine passport, valid for at least six months.

3: A ban in UAE prohibits a person from entering the country or taking up a new job. Prospective visitors must not have been deported or be banned from entering the UAE in which case, he needs to obtain special permission to re-enter the country.

4: Visitors who come to the UAE with an entry permit to work in the UAE are required to undergo medical tests at government approved health clinics in the UAE. They will be tested for communicable diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Those found to be HIV positive or having TB will be deported from UAE.

Before you apply for UAE visa or an entry permit, check if you are eligible for a visa-free entry or to receive a visa on arrival or you need an e-Visa prior to travel or an entry permit pre-arranged by a sponsor based in the UAE.

Who can apply for your entry permit?
Many channels can apply for an entry permit for you such as your relative, friends, Emirati nationals, UAE Based airlines, agencies, hotels, government entity or a private company.

·      A relative or friend living in the UAE

A relative or a friend residing in the UAE can sponsor your entry permit to the UAE. The entry permit application can be processed at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) of the emirate of the relative or friend’s residence.

Usually, an expatriate resident can sponsor an entry permit for his first-degree relatives only such as spouse, children, parents, brothers or sisters.

Nationals can sponsor entry permits for their families and friends.

Required Documents to apply for Entry Permit UAE:

If the sponsor is a national, he/she should present:
1: A recent photo of the sponsored
2: A copy of the sponsored passport; the passport should be valid for at least 6 months
3: Proof of health insurance of the sponsored from a company operating in the UAE
A refundable financial guarantee of 1000 AED for the entry permit

If the sponsor is an expatriate resident in the UAE, he should present:
1: A recent photo of the sponsored
2: A copy of the sponsored passport; the passport should be valid for at least 6 months
3: Proof of health insurance of the sponsored from a company operating in the UAE
4: A refundable financial guarantee of AED 1,000 for entry permit
5: His salary certificate
6: His employment contract
7: His attested lease contract
8: A recent electricity bill for his accommodation
9: His attested marriage contract, in case entry permit is for his spouse.

·       The UAE-based airlines:

The UAE-based airlines can apply for an entry permit on your behalf to the visa-issuing authorities in the UAE. Each airline has some general or specific conditions, which must be met in order for your permit to be arranged by them. One of these conditions is flying with them.

·       Agencies and hotels:

Licensed travel agents and hotels in the UAE can arrange an entry permit if you purchase the air ticket through them and maintain hotel reservation with the specific hotel.

You can also contact travel agencies in your country for tourism packages to the UAE who can arrange an entry permit in collaboration with a tour operator in the UAE.

It is important to check the authenticity of travel agents you are dealing with and refrain from paying or sending copies of your official documents until after you are 100 per cent sure that the tour operator is genuine. You can seek the help of the UAE embassy in your country for verification.

As per the website of GDRFA, hotels and tourist companies can apply for an entry permit on your behalf which will entitle you to a:

30-day tourist visa extendable to 40 days
14-day service visa
30-day visit visa extendable to 30 days

·       A Government Entity:

If you are a prospective employee of a government entity in the UAE, it can apply for an entry permit for you. Government entities include federal ministries, government agencies, Courts of Rulers and their representatives and other entities that are not governed by the UAE’s Labour Law.

·       Private Companies:

Private and free zone companies can obtain entry permits for their prospective employees. The entry permit allows the employee (worker) to enter the country within 2 months from the issuance date and to stay for a maximum period of Thirty days (30 days) from the date of entry. Employers (sponsors) must change the status of their employees (workers) into UAE residence visa within 30 days from the employee’s entry into the UAE.

Companies must submit the following documents to the respective GDRFA:

1: Initial work permit issued by Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation
2: Copy of the sponsored person’s passport
3: Copy of the company’s valid trade license
4: Copy of the establishment card
5: Copy of the PRO (Public Relations Officer) Card

Validity of Entry Permits UAE:

The validity of entry permits UAE and the time frame within which the visitor should enter the country depends on the type of entry permit issued. The validity permit for visit visas, tourist visas and/or employment visas is 60 days from the issue date.

However, the validity of entry permits for GCC residents is 30 days from the issue date.

96-hours transit visas are valid only for 14 days from the issuance day. Different validity duration applies for multiple entry visas and temporary work permits. Check with Ministry of Interior or the local GDRFA about your visa validity.
June 28, 2019

Difference between UAE Residence Visa and Entry Permit

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Do you know what is the difference between Entry Permit UAE and UAE Residence Visa? In our previous guide we discussed the types of visa in UAE.

Entry Permit UAE:

Entry permit UAE is a document issued by GDRFA, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs that allows the foreigners to enter and stay in the UAE legally for a certain period of time. The document may be in a physical or an electronic form, check entry permit sample below.

Types of Entry Permit UAE:

1: Employment
2: Family visit
3: Tourism/transit
4: Treatment
5: Mission
6: Attending conferences

Entry Permit Validity:

The entry permit has a validity date, which refers to the period within which the entry permit must be used by entering the UAE through one of its entry points at the land borders, airports or seaports. For most entry permits, the validity is two months. The validity of entry permits cannot be extended; they automatically expire upon the lapse of their time.

Entry Permit Duration:


The duration of stay for each entry permit differs according to the type of entry permit. For example, entry permits for transit allow the person to stay in the country for 4 days, while entry permits for employment allow the employee to stay in the country for two months, during which his sponsor must change the employee’s status into residence visa, or else must leave within the duration of stay. If the entry permit holder does not change his status into residence visa, he has to leave the country upon the lapse of entry permit duration to avoid overstay fines and penalties, or renew within the prescribed periods, according to new ministry rules.

Entry Permit Sample:




UAE Residence Visa:


UAE residence visa is issued to the foreigner when he/she is already inside the country having entered using the entry permit. Only sponsors meeting GDRFA’s requirements can apply for the foreigner’s the UAE residence visa.

A residence visa requires the person sponsored to undergo a medical test and prove that he/she is medically fit and he must pass the immigration security check.


UAE Residence Visa Sample: 




The validity of stay on UAE residence visa varies according to its type and the sponsor. It could be one year for students, two years for LLC or private firms and or three years for free zone companies.
June 27, 2019

Types of Visa in UAE

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There are seven types of visa in UAE, please note that Visa issuance is subject to certain requirements, which include passing a medical fitness test, a security check and the approval of the GDRFA in the relevant emirate.


1: Residence Visa
2: Tourist Visa or Visit Visa
3: Transit Visa
4: Student Visa
5: e-Visa for GCC Residents
6: Retirement Visa for UAE Residents
7: Patient Visa/ Patient and his/her companion entry permits

1: UAE Residence Visa:


UAE Residence visa sometimes known as work visa usually used for expats taking up a job in the UAE which is valid for 2 years for LLC and 3 years for free zone companies. Residence visa should be applied by employer (sponsor), medical is mandatory to get this visa.

In 2019, the UAE implemented a new system for long-term residence visas. The new system enables foreigners to live, work and study in the UAE without the need of a national sponsor and with 100 per cent ownership of their business on the UAE’s mainland. These residence visas will be issued for 5 or 10 years and will be renewed automatically.

For Eligibility and details of Long term residence visa, click here

2: UAE Tourist Visa – UAE Visit Visa:


Whom is a tourist visa for?
UAE Tourist visa is for those who are not eligible for visa on arrival or a visa-free entry to the United Arab Emirates. Tourist visa can be obtained for eligible individual tourists from around the world. Females below the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless they are travelling with their parents.

Free Tourist Visa:
According to a Cabinet resolution passed in July 2018, children under the age of 18 years who are accompanying adults can get a free visa for their visit from 15 July to 15 September each year.

What is the validity of a tourist visa?
Depending on your plan, tourist visas to the UAE can be issued for 30 days or 90 days duration, single entry or multiple entries.

Who can apply for your tourist visa?
The UAE embassies do not issue tourist visas. In order to get a tourist visa to the UAE, you need to get in touch with a touring agency, one of the UAE-based airlines, or a hotel (where you intend to stay) in the UAE who will apply for visa on your behalf to the official visa-issuing authorities in the UAE.

Tourist visas through Travel Agencies and Hotels:
Licensed travel or tour agents and hotels in the UAE can arrange a tourist visa for you provided you purchase the ticket through them and maintain hotel reservation with the specific hotel.

It is important to check the authenticity of travel agents you are dealing with and refrain from paying or sending copies of your official documents until after you are 100% sure the tour operator is genuine. You may seek the help of the UAE embassy in your country for verification purpose.

Tourist visas through Airlines:
Each airline has some conditions, which must be met in order for your visa to be arranged by them. One of the conditions is flying with them. For more updated and specific information, check the following UAE-based airlines for visa types, facilities, terms and conditions:

Renewing or Extending UAE Tourist Visa:
All types of visit and tourist visas can be extended for 30 days twice, upon renewal without the need to leave the country. Visitors and tourists can apply for the second renewal before the expiry of the first one against AED 600 each time of renewal.

However, the new rule for extension does not apply on the following categories:

                 Visitors and tourists who are residents in GCC countries
                 Residents accompanying GCC nationals
                 Those on special entry permits
                 Those on 96-hour permit for special missions

To check and track tourist visa status, click here

3: Transit Visa:


There are two types of transit visas: one for 48 hours which is free of charge and another for 96 hours for AED 50 only. Transit visas are sponsored only by the UAE-based airlines and must be processed and approved before entering the UAE. Both types of transit visas are not extendable.

Who needs UAE transit visa?
If you are not one of the nationalities that are eligible for visa on arrival or a visa-free entry to the UAE, then you need a transit visa.

Transit Visa Requirements:
 To get a UAE transit visa, you must have:
  • A passport or travel document with a minimum validity of three months
  • A photo of self against a white background
  • An onward ticket booking to a 3rd destination, other than the one you are coming from.

4: Student Visa:


UAE student's visa is the 1 year renewable visa for a university or a college student studying in the UAE. It is issued to expatriate students who are residing in UAE under the sponsorship of their parents or relatives, or to foreign international students who come from abroad to join one of the higher educational institutes across UAE.

Long-term visa for outstanding students
On 24 November 2018, the UAE government approved a decision to grant a 5-year visa to outstanding students.

Eligibility conditions for a 5-year Student visa are:

School students must graduate with a grade of at least 95 per cent from secondary schools whether public or private.
University students must graduate with a distinctive GPA of at least 3.75 from universities within and outside the country.

Visa benefits will also include families of the outstanding students.

Student Visa Requirements:
To get UAE student’s visa, the applicant must obtain an official admission letter from the university he is studying at. For older students, a certificate of continuation of study is needed. Other requirements include:

                 Passing medical fitness test
                 A visa sponsor, either the university itself or a parent or relative
                 Approval of the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs.

How can Colleges and Universities secure a visa for their students?
Accredited universities and colleges in the UAE can secure a visa for their students whether international students or students already residing in the UAE. Students should refer to terms and conditions listed in each university or college to know specific requirements for admission and visa process.

How can expatriate residents secure a student’s visa for their children?
UAE laws do not allow UAE resident expatriate to continue sponsoring their male children above the age of 18. An exception is given to male students who continue their studies in one of the higher educational institutes in the UAE or abroad. Therefore, male students over the age 18 can remain on their parent’s residence visa sponsorship as long as they provide an evidence of attendance at a higher educational institute for a minimum of one year’s course. Expatriate parents may continue to sponsor their female children for study, regardless of their children’s age.

Note: New rules for children’s visa sponsored by parents

Starting from 21 October 2018, students who graduate from their universities or secondary schools or complete 18 years of age will be granted a one-year residence visa, renewable for another year from the graduation date or on completing 18 years.

For this type of visa, parents are not required to place bank deposits. The visa will cost AED100 for first time issuing and renewal.                   
                           
To avail this service, parents must present duly attested graduation certificates from universities or schools, whether inside the country or abroad.

5: e-Visa for GCC Residents:


GCC residents and companions travelling with GCC citizens need to apply for visa online and obtain the same before arriving in the UAE.

Notes and Conditions:
1: e-Visa will be sent to you to your registered email address once your application is approved
2: Application for GCC residents and companions travelling with GCC citizens will not be approved if the sponsor is not travelling along with them
3: GCC residents’ entry permit is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and they are allowed to stay for 30 days from the date of entry. The visa is extendable once for 30 days
4: Entry permit for companions travelling with GCC citizens is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and they are allowed to stay for 60 days from the date of entry. The visa is extendable once for 60 days
5: Upon arrival if the GCC resident’s visa is found to be expired or cancelled, he will not be granted entry
6: If the profession of the GCC resident is found to be changed after the issuance of his entry permit, the entry permit holder will not be granted entry
7: GCC residency must be valid for at least 3 months from the arrival date
8: The passport of GCC residents must be valid at least 3 months from the arrival date.

6: Retirement Visa for UAE Residents:


In September 2018, the UAE Cabinet approved a law to provide retired residents over the age of 55 a long-term visa for a period of 5 years, with the possibility of renewal, if eligibility criteria are met.

For a retiree to be eligible for a 5-year renewable retirement visa, he must fulfill one of the following criteria:

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

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

7: Patient Entry Permit:


Foreign patients can enter the UAE for treatment under sponsorship of medical establishment and government and private hospitals. The sponsor (medical establishment) takes the responsibility of processing entry permits for treatment upon the patient’s request. The sponsor must be a hospital licensed and registered in the UAE.

Required documents to get Patient Entry Permit:
The following documents are needed to process the entry permit:

                 Patient’s passport copy
                 A letter from a registered hospital explaining reasons of visit
                 Patient’s health insurance
                 Financial security.

Also Read: UAE Visa on Arrival Countries List

Guide on types of Visa in UAE ended here, please note that UAE visa rules are subject to change, our respected readers are always advised to check with UAE embassies and consulate abroad or contact the official sources such as Federal Authority for Identity and citizenship (ICA) for latest UAE Visas rules and requirements.