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Changing Visa Rules in UAE

Changing Visa Rules in the UAE – 2019

The UAE Government has updated a few Visa Regulations for the Expats to enjoy their time in the UAE with a peaceful mind. Here are the latest updates to have a check on if you are planning a visit to the UAE for tourism, employment, transit, etc.

Change in the Sponsorship Criteria for Residency Visa of Dependents

The most recent rule change by the Federal Authority for Identity and Emiratisation (FAIE) is indeed highly Significant: Any expat earning Dh 4000 without accommodation or Dh 3000 with company provided accommodation can sponsor their family in the UAE.

Expatriates are not hampered by their professional titles to sponsor dependents with the new family sponsorship policy for UAE Expats. The new rules are aimed at improving the work-life balance of the expat. It will help in uniting them with their family and spend more time with their loved ones.

Dependent Sons with 18+ Years will be granted Residency Visa

UAE residents can now renew the residency visas of their 18-year-old dependent sons, whether they are secondary school or university graduates, for up to two consecutive years.

The residence permit, therefore, will be valid for a year and can be renewed for an additional year. There is no longer a deposit of 5000 AED required to apply for the residency visa.

This move is also expected to increase the possibility of dependent sons continuing their education here in UAE rather than moving out for higher studies.


Residents can submit the supporting documents, that include attaching the certificate of secondary education/graduation certificate or the information from the university where the dependent is studying.

It must be duly certified and attested as per the regular attestation requirements in the UAE.

Where to Apply?

Applicants can apply normal through all the residency and naturalization offices or other government-approved outlets against a nominal fee. It is a renewal for one more additional year

Tourist Visa Fees waived off for dependents under 18 years

In another announcement by The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, the tourist from all over the world will be offered free visit visas for their accompanying children below the age of 18 until September 2019.

UAE has a 14-day express tourist visa package, a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa to promote travel to the UAE from within GCC and neighboring countries.

Transit Passengers exempted from all entry fees for the first 48 hours

Also for the transit passengers. all entry fees for the first 48 hours are exempted. The transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a nominal fee.

The express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports will facilitate the obtaining of transit visa.

Visa for Overstayed Job Seekers

The Cabinet had adopted a decision to grant people overstaying with their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” passport stamp.

Also, a new 6-month visa is introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country.

The temporary visa enhances the possibilities for more fresh talent flowing to UAE and position UAE as a land of opportunities.

Visa for Divorcees, Widows

One-year visa extension will be provided to the Divorcees, Widows and their children and they won’t need a sponsor to apply for the visa. It is aimed to give women the opportunity to adjust their social and economic status after the loss of the head of the family.

For all latest updates on the Visa Regulations refer to the Official Portal of the UAE Government.

To learn more on the long term visa criteria and requirements read our blog: 3 Things to Know about the Long-term Visa announcement in the UAE

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