The UAE is almost entirely made up of expats. One might easily say that the country was formed by the hands of its expat population, which includes people from over 200 different countries. Dubai proudly presents itself as the metropolis of the future. With colossal skyscrapers and the beauty of its glistening golden sand, Dubai has proven to be one of the best cities to live in the world. The InterNations Expat City Ranking 2021 ranked Dubai third internationally when it came to the best cities for expats to live in. It’s praised for being simple to traverse even if you don’t understand the language, for its friendly locals, and for how easy it is to feel at home here – which is definitely not surprising as hospitality is one of the city’s strong pursuits.

Because of the attractive opportunities it provides, many overseas individuals are eager to come to Dubai and are seeking to obtain a residence visa. Foreign nationals can reside in the UAE as residents if they are:

  • Employed by a firm in UAE: In this scenario, the company will apply for and sponsor your residence visa while you are in the UAE.
  • Employment in the government sector: If you work in the government sector, the government body will apply for and sponsor your visa while you are in the UAE.
  • The investor is a UAE business: In this situation, the investor will process and apply for his own visa under the sponsorship of his firm’s registered name.
  • Owner of property in UAE: In this instance, the property owner’s residence visa will be sponsored under the property he has purchased.
  • Dependents: Children, parents, servants, and close relatives are examples of dependents. Dependents can be sponsored by someone working in the UAE, an investor/business owner in the UAE, or a property owner in the UAE.
  • Students sponsored by their universities in the UAE – In this scenario, the university will apply for and sponsor your visa in the name of the educational institution.
  • Retired residents – additional conditions apply in this scenario.


  • Opening a bank account
  • Gain access to government health care and health insurance
  • Have access to financial resources
  • Apply for a driver’s license
  • Register his/her children in public and private schools
  • Make investments and work
  • Travel visa-free to specific places.


The length of stay on a residence visa varies depending on the category and sponsor. It might be for one, two, or three years, or for up to five or ten years without a sponsor. Recent modifications have made it possible to get a resident visa for 5 or 10 years, subject to specific restrictions.

Finjuris Businessmen Services offers an expert team of professionals accessible to guide you through the process of properly establishing your company or branch in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or the broader UAE, as well as supporting you in obtaining a visa for yourself, your family, and your staff.

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