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Work and Residence Permits in Dubai

Updated on Wednesday 18th May 2016

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The United Arab Emirates is a very attractive country from several points of view and many foreign citizens come to work or open businesses here. Among the advantages foreign citizens can benefit from are a flexible taxation system and high living standards. Before coming to the UAE foreigners are required to obtain a residence permit. It is rather simple to obtain a residence or a work permit in Dubai and in the other Emirates, provided that all the required steps are followed and all documentation is prepared accordingly. 

How to obtain a Dubai residence and work permit?

The residence visa has a 2-year validity period which is one of the greatest advantages Dubai offers in comparison to other countries. Also, a residence permit can be renewed without any limitations. Foreign citizens applying for a residence visa in Dubai have the right to bring their spouses and children, if any.

The Dubai residence permit  grants a foreign citizen the right to permanent residence in the Emirate. Both the work and the residence permit are issued together with an identification card which will be used on the territory of the country instead of the passport. In order to maintain the residence visa’s validity one must enter the country at least once every six months.

In order to obtain a Dubai residence or work permit, one must have a local sponsor who is subject to certain criteria. Residence visa can be acquired:

  • -           by purchasing a property,
  • -          by obtain employment with a Dubai company,
  • -          by opening a company in Dubai.

Our company registration agents in Dubai can help you obtain residence visas in any of the above situations. Many citizens who obtain a residence and work permit in Dubai have plans for getting married and start a family in this city that offers so much opportunities and they remain for a long period of time. 

The video below presents the main steps of acquiring a work or a residence visa in Dubai:


Documents required to obtain the residence and work visa in Dubai

The sponsor will be the one submitting the following visa-related documentation with the Dubai authorities:

  • -          passport copy of the applicant,
  • -          a photograph,
  • -          copy after the sponsor’s passport,
  • -          passport copies of wife and children, if applicable,
  • -          children’s birth certificates, if applicable,
  • -          marriage certificate, if applicable,
  • -          a bank statement,
  • -          an employment contract, if any,
  • -          a tenancy contract, if any.

Additionally, the applicant must  pay a visa fee.

The applicant must also undergo a physical examination within 60 days from their entry in Dubai.

For assistance with the residence visa application procedure, do not hesitate to contact our Dubai agents





  • Nadeem 2015-09-30

    I need to know how much will company registration cost . I have USA passport. I want to register company in free zone area of dubai. Also I will need 5 work permit of my 5 Chinese workers and 2 pakistan workers who will work. Can you tell me cost of each work permit please as well. Thanks so much I will wait for your message via email Thanks again Nadeem

    Hello, you can send us your request at office(at) and one of our specialists will answer you as soon as possible.

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