Abu Dhabi Residence Visa Overview
To get a residence visa to live in Abu Dhabi, you will need to be
are two types of visa - sponsorship for employment, or sponsorship for
residence (ie for the family members of someone employed in the UAE).
What is the process for obtaining a residence
? Here's our general overview.
After negotiating your employment
and signing up for your new
role in Abu Dhabi, your employer will begin your visa process.
In order to process your entry
, your employer will need to
provide local immigration with various attested
such as your
universtiy degree, birth and marriage certificates etc.
When it comes to important personal documents, if in doubt, get
it attested, as doing it in the UAE may not be as straight forward as
getting it done 'back home'. For more on attestation, click here.
Your entry permit
once processed can be emailed and printed off ready
for presentation to the authorities on arrival in Abu Dhabi - the
orignal can then be collected from the passports section at the airport.
After arrival your sponsoring company have 60 days to complete the
process of obtaining your residence
, which as per the UAE law
is valid for 3 years.
On arrival you will be given a Pink
A copy of this form will be requested in the interim while you wait for
your residency permit for most official processes, such as school
applications for your children.
If you have already entered Abu Dhabi on a visit visa
, it may
be possible to transfer to a residence
by either re-entering Abu Dhabi with your sponsored entry permit
(in specific fields of work listed on abudhabi.ae
) visiting the local
For those moving to Abu Dhabi with family members, you will need a 'family visa
allows you to sponsor
your spouse and children under the age of 18. You must earn above a
certain amount to qualify for a family
Residence Visa - The Process
In order to complete your residence visa process, you will
need to take a medical test
and obtain a health card. Any person who test positive for AIDS will
not be permitted to obtain a residence visa.
Your sponsoring company will likely have a PRO (personnel relations officer)
who will take your passport with stamps, entry permit, employment visa
forms, medical test results, attested certificates, fees and the
sponsoring companys appropriate trade licenses to the Immigration
Department for submission.
It takes roughly 10 days to process
your residence permit, although for a fee there is a same day service
if you are keen to get your passport back quickly.
Once you have your visa process completed you then need your Labour Card
Your employer will make the application for this.
- Applying for your mandatory Emirates ID Card