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How to get a residence permit in the UAE in 2021?

There is a great deal of reasons to relocate to the United Arab Emirates. There is a high level of living. There are no income taxes in most areas of activity (the only exceptions are the production of oil, gas and other minerals, as well as the banking sector). There is almost no crime in the country. You will have to pay for the garbage leaving on the street, let alone more serious violations.

In addition, everyone has personal reasons to relocate to the UAE. In any case and regardless of the purpose, if you want to emigrate, you must obtain a special visa.

For those who are thinking about moving, we have prepared a material on how to get a residence permit in the UAE in 2021.

How to get a visa in 2021

Before you start making out a visa, you have to understand what the document is needed for. Advantages of obtaining a residence permit:
  • Firstly, the permit document gives the right to reside in the country for two or three years, depending on the reason on which it was obtained.
  • Secondly, it is possible to run your own business here, while the businessman and his company do not need to pay taxes (we recall that only banks and enterprises that produce oil, gas and some other minerals are not exempt from income taxes, and all other similar contributions are not made). However, if an emigrant gets the opportunity to run a business and not to pay taxes, this does not mean that he is fully equal in rights with the indigenous population. For example, the holder of a residence permit does not receive a gift of land from the authorities if he gets married. The land here is given only to citizens.
  • Thirdly, if you have a visa, you can visit the country at any time, but the period between your visits should not be more than six months.
  • If the holder has a monthly income of more than 10,000 dirhams, he can bring his spouse and underage children here, and there is no need to issue permits for each family member.

How to get a visa in 2021?

There are several ways to emigrate to the UAE. Of these, the following can be distinguished:

  • Marriage to a local citizen.
  • Investing in the economy (starting a business or buying real estate).
  • Admission to study at a university in the Emirates.
  • Employment in an organization on the territory of the Emirates.

But these ways of relocating do not give you the right to apply for local citizenship, but they can all help you get a residence permit.

Visa types

They differ depending on the method of obtaining them.
  • Firstly, you can make a document based on the real estate purchase in the amount of more than 270,000 US dollars. In this case, the buyer has the right to stay in the country continuously. If there are no violations of local legislation on the part of the investor, the visa will be extended if the holder wishes, and even more than once. According to the law, the owner cannot work in the country, but his monthly income must be at least 10,000 dirhams (2,700 US dollars).
  • Secondly, you can register a legal entity here and invest at least 70,000 dirhams ($19,000) in the company. You should remember that a businessman does not have the right to work for hire, he can only work for his own organization.
  • Thirdly, you can become a student at a local university. For admission, you must be able to speak English fluently, because before passing all the exams, the applicant will be required the results of the IELTS or TOEFL test. In addition, most universities issue student tickets after paying for the academic year (the tuition fee is from 5,000 to 10,000 US dollars, depending on the institution). Students are not allowed to work in the country without a special permit.
  • The host organization requests permission to work for an individual. An emigrant can work only in this company. It is impossible to earn money at other enterprises of the country. Professionals who have confirmed their qualifications can apply for a residence permit.

How to apply for a visa

You have to collect the documents and submit an application. Required documents:
  • International passport.
  • Completed visa application form.
  • Three color photos (size 3×4).
  • Children’s birth certificates, if they also relocate.
  • Documents proving the reason for registration (a certificate of ownership of the acquired property, company documents, a certificate from the university, and the company will help those who apply for work to draw up all the necessary papers).
  • A receipt for payment of the consular fee.
  • Information about the applicant’s income.
  • Marriage certificate.
You need to make photocopies of all these papers, notarize them and attach the translations into English or Arabic to the documents. The translations must also be stamped and signed by a notary.

Where to apply for permissions

You can apply for a residence permit on the website of the Federal Agency for Identity and Citizenship or through the General Directorate for Residence and Foreigners.

In addition, you can fill out an application for registration of a new or renewal of a valid document on the eChannels web portal. To do this, you first need to register on the electronic platform.

On the GDRFA portal, you can submit an application by selecting the place where it will be accepted. For example:

  • Dubai – GDRFA (Dubai Emirate);
  • Sharjah – GDRFA (Sharjah);
  • Abu Dhabi – GDRFA (Abu Dhabi);
  • Fujairah – GDRFA (Fujairah).
  •   Ajman – GDRFA (Ajman);
  • Ras Al Khaimah – GDRFA (Ras Al Khaimah).

There are also the following mobile applications where you can submit an electronic application:

  •     GDRFA Dubai app for Apple and Android.
  • ICA UAE eChannels for Apple and Android.

You can write an application by going to one of the official press centers or the Amer center, which issues entry permits.

Visa for Russians

Each of the grounds on which you can make a residence permit gives the right to legally stay in the country from two to ten years. For example:

  • Highly qualified specialists can stay here for ten years, as well as businessmen who have spent at least 10000000 dirhams (approximately 3000000 dollars) to set up their own company in the Arab Emirates. It should be borne in mind that you do not have to create a company by yourself, because, according to the law, you can invest in an already operating enterprise by becoming one of its shareholders.
  • Property buyers can apply for a five-year permit for at least 5000000 dirhams (approximately 1500000 dollars). However, if the property is bought with a mortgage, the owner does not have the right to become a resident.
  • Real estate investors can apply for a two-year residence permit for 1,000,000 dirhams or more (270,000 US dollars) in Dubai. The buyer must confirm that he has a monthly income of at least 10,000 dirhams to obtain a two-year visa. The applicant must remember that the apartment cannot be mortgaged after receiving a visa.
  • Registration of documents costs 3500-4000$ for two years. You do not need to regret the money spent, because the permit can be extended after two years. Holders do not have the right to spend more than six consecutive months outside the country, otherwise the permit will be revoked.
  • A permit issued for six months entitles you to visit the country multiple times within six months. To get it, you need to invest in residential or commercial premises for more than 1,000,000 dirhams (approximately 3,000,000$) in any emirate.

The validity period of the residence permit depends on the reason for which it is made.

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