This page provides information on how foreigners can live legitimately in the UAE.
Foreigners can live as residents in the UAE if they are:
Dependents include children, parents, maids and close relatives.
Note that a residence visa is issued to a foreigner when he/she is already inside the country after entering the UAE via an entry permit, short or long-term tourist or visit visa.
A residence visa requires applicants who are 18 and above to undergo a medical test to prove that they are medically fit. They must also pass a security check and apply for an Emirates ID card from Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.
The validity of stay on a residence visa varies according to its type and the sponsor. It can be for 1, 2 or 3 years, or up to 5 or 10 years without a sponsor.
According to recent changes, a residence visa can also be issued for 5 and 10 years subject to certain conditions. Learn about long-term residence visas, and 5-year retirement visa in the UAE.
Learn also about 5-year retirement visa in Dubai and long-term golden visas in Abu Dhabi (Thrive in Abu Dhabi Programme).
Being a legitimate resident in the UAE will entitle you to: