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Visit visa Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, RAK, Sharjah, UAQ, UAE

Obtaining a visit visa for Dubai and other emirates in the UAE including Abu Dhabi, RAK, Sharjah. How to sponsor someone for a visit visa to the UAE. Difference between tourist and visit visa. There are differences between a pre-arranged visit visa sponsored by an entity in the UAE, the visit visa on arrival available to some nationalities, and a tourist visa.

There are several different ways to obtain a visit visa for Dubai and other emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A visit visa and a tourist visa are not the same, although they are both entry permits for visitors to the UAE. The difference is mostly to do with who sponsors the visitor for their trip, the cost, and whether or not the visa is renewable. A tourist visa is was renewable (no longer from 01 Jan 2015), a visit visa is not renewable (except for on-arrival visas).

A pre-arranged visit visa must be used to enter the UAE within 60 days of being issued, otherwise it expires and you'll have to get a new one issued. It can only be used for a single entry, and after exit the visitor must stay away from the UAE for 30 days before re-applying for a new visa (there are some exceptions). A pre-arranged visit visa is valid for 30 or 90 days after entry to the UAE, and is not renewable. A tourist visa and a visit visa on arrival are both valid 30 days, and can be renewed once.

For individual or company sponsorship of a UAE visit visa, the sponsor must be based in the UAE, and have a UAE residence visa if the sponsor is a person. GCC nationals do not need a visit visa to enter the UAE. GCC residents, or visitors accompanying GCC nationals might be able to obtain a visit visa more easily - contact a UAE immigration department.

Although UAE immigration rules are supposed to be federal, there are sometimes differences between emirates in how they are interpreted and implemented. Sometimes even within an emirate, perhaps depending on the mood of the border control official or immigration department official. Sharjah in particular seems to be more restrictive and inconsistent.

The UAE visa list is a more comprehensive table of different types of visa available, with validity periods and more details.

Visit visa fee increases Jan 2015

Passport validity period for visitors to Dubai and UAE

UAE visit visa sponsorship

For visitors not from one of the countries that can obtain a visit visa on arrival, they need to find a UAE based sponsor to apply for a visit visa for them. The sponsorship possibilities are (updated after new UAE visa rules in July 2008):

Documents and requirements needed for individual sponsoring a visit visa

Relationship first-degree
Minimum Salary AED 4,000-5,000 AED 6,000-7,000 AED 10,000

Procedure to obtain visit visa for Dubai and other UAE emirates

Renewing a visit visa

Conflicting information seen regarding whether a visit visa is renewable. The DNRD visa fees table says neither visit visa is renewable. Confusion might be because other common visa types used by visitors are renewable - a UAE tourist visa and a UAE visit visa on arrival.

Visit visa cancellation and deposit refund, and overstaying a visit visa

Working on a Dubai UAE visit visa

Employment in the UAE is not permitted while on a visit visa. That's not to say it doesn't happen, it does but the company runs the risk of fines and being blacklisted for future work permit and visa applications, and the visitor runs the risk of fines, deportation, and a long or permanent UAE immigration and labour ban. For expats who are arriving for the first time in the UAE for a new job, it's not uncommon for the company to ask new workers to obtain a visit visa on arrival if they are from one of the countries that can do so, since it's easier than the company applying for an employment entry permit. Expats are not supposed to start working until the company has processed their residence permit and labour card. Whilst the risk of getting into trouble might be relatively low, there is still a risk, and new residents should try to avoid being put into this position. Especially since some less scrupulous companies use this system to avoid processing expat residency and labour status for a lengthy time (the employee is sent across a border to renew their visit visa repeatedly). Workers in this situation also do not have any of the employment rights protected under UAE law.

Finding a job while on a visit visa in Dubai UAE

It is acceptable to look for work with a UAE employer while on a visit visa, and many expats do exactly that. It is also a good idea to visit the UAE if you have been offered a job, before accepting the job.

Don't actually start working while still on a visit visa. The penalties if caught are harsh, and can involve a combination of fine, jail sentence, deportation, and immigration black list for the UAE preventing future entry.

Unskilled workers and laborers, and UAE visit visas - September -October 2012 rule changes ... or not

Previous Dubai visit visa information

Below is the old visit visa to Dubai information, no longer valid (after new visa rules from July 2008), but left here for reference. Information about sponsoring a friend is inconsistent - see the Dubai visit visa for friend topic.

Visit Visa for family members and friends pre-arranged - 60 days

If you are not from one of the listed countries, then you will need a sponsor in the UAE to arrange one for you. The sponsoring person will need:

Below are possible sponsorship arrangements (and additional requirements).

Visit Visa renewal / extension - 30 days maximum

It is possible to extend a Visit Visa for another 30 days at the Immigration Department. This will cost you 500 dhs and you can only do this once if you have a 30 day Visit Visa. The new 90 day Visit Visa is not renewable.

Visit Visa information from DDIA

The Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA) website has what appears to be clear information about visit visas for Dubai (as of January 2006):

Last update Wednesday 12-Aug-2015
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