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UAE Residence Visa

How to Get a UAE Residence Visa

Getting your residential visa is easy with Global Success Consulting. Once you’ve got your visa, you can sponsor your family and employees so everyone essential in your life can be with you in the UAE.

How to sponsor your family in the UAE – A complete guide in 2023.

Get Your UAE Residence Visa

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The UAE is one of the most attractive countries to immigrate to, and fortunately, a residential visa is straightforward to obtain. With such attractive tax rates and high quality of life, it’s no surprise that so many entrepreneurs and wealthy individuals are relocating here. 

A UAE residence visa will allow you to live, work, and own property here for 2-3 years without needing to renew, and this time can be extended up to 10 years in some circumstances. There are no restrictions on how many times you can renew your visa, so you can continue to live in the UAE on a permanent basis, should you choose to.

How do I become a UAE resident?

The good news is it’s relatively easy to become a resident in the UAE; you can: 

  • Go to university in the UAE 
  • Work for a company based in the UAE 
  • Get a freelance permit to work in the UAE 
  • Open a business in the UAE (what we specialise in) 
  • Obtain a golden visa 
  • Own property in the UAE worth more than AED 1,000,000 (about $275,000) 

Any family member of someone with a UAE residence visa can also apply for one, provided they’re the visa holder’s dependent.

What’s the easiest way to get a UAE residence visa?

If you are not entrepreneurial, owning property in the UAE and/or working for a company in the UAE who can sponsor you will be the easiest way, but the fastest and best way for anyone who runs or wants to run a business is to start your business here in the UAE

Besides needing a business idea and the knowhow to run a business, all you need is: 

  • your legal name
  • the money to register your business ($4,000 to $20,000, depending on where you incorporate)
  • some money for other business expenses (some free zones have capital requirements, but not all)
  • money to cover your desk or office space lease (a physical location is required in the UAE)
  • money to start your life here for rent or property purchase and similar expenses 

Doing all the above alone can be testing, and you may make mistakes, so it’s best to work with a consulting company like us to guide you through the entire process from start to finish. To get an estimate of our costs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss your thoughts and needs.

Where does a UAE residence visa permit me to live?

A UAE residence visa will allow you to live anywhere within the UAE – for example, if you acquire your visa in Abu Dhabi you can choose to live in Dubai. The only thing to be aware of is you’ll need to apply for your driver’s license in the Emirate you got your visa in.

6 Steps to Your UAE Residence Visa

Getting your visa is incredibly simple, and it can be boiled down to just 6 steps: 

Step 1: Register your company

Step 2: Get your business establishment card

Step 3: Get your entry permit

Step 4: Apply for your Emirates ID

Step 5: Get a medical

Step 6: Get your visa

It really is that simple. While we recommend our clients come to Dubai to complete the process of their business incorporation and visa application to help it go through quickly and smoothly, the process can be completed remotely up to step 5, when of course you need to be present to have your medical.
It usually takes around 5 working days to complete your medical and receive your visa, and you must stay in the country during this time. Once you’ve received your visa, you’ll be able to travel freely throughout the world once more as you please.

How much does it cost to get a UAE residence visa?

The cost exclusively to get the visa (with no business formation costs included) is minimal, and depends on how and where you apply. In most cases, you can expect to pay less than AED 4,000, but we’ll advise you on the current costs involved as we take you through the process.