The UAE does not have such a term as permanent residency permit. The long-term residency is possible on the basis of residential visa. There are a couple of types of residency visas – governmental, working / employment, sponsor and investor visa.
Resident visa is given for a maximum period of 3 years with an option for its further extension whereby, in the event of absence in the UAE for more than 180 calendar days in a row, it can be automatically cancelled which means in case of availability of residency visa you should visit the country at least twice a year.
The UAE do not have such a term as permanent residency. Long-term residency is possible on the basis of a residential visa. There are a couple of types of residency visas – governmental, working / employment, sponsor and investor visa.
The easiest way is to set up a freezone company! Most of the time one freezone company will give you the right to apply for more than one visa. The process to get a visa is quick and straightforward. Visas are granted based on the amount of floor space you rent and also on the freezone. So to have one or two visas you must at least rent a flexi desk. This is working space that you share with other entrepreneurs. It is a physical location that you are allowed to use a couple of hours a week.
Resident visas are issued for a maximum extendable period of 3 years. In the event of absence from the UAE for more than 180 calendar days in a row, it can be automatically cancelled. This means that, if you want a residence visa, you should visit the country at least twice a year. You will also need to take a simple blood and TBC test. There are no corporate or personal taxes in the UAE. So if you are not a tax resident in any other country you will be exempted from taxes! Champagne!
A visa has nothing to do with nationality or citizenship, it’s only the right to stay in the UAE!
Grounds for receiving the residency visa in the UAE are:
There are a few mandatory formalities that must be completed before you are able to have your UAE residence visa issued. You, as a client, can expect that step by step guidance through the immigration formalities of the UAE will be offer from our side. Our experienced team will endeavour to make the process as streamlined and fast as is possible and thus, allowing the clients to focus on their companies’ performance. We will also provide you with immigration advice concerning your family and staff, should you require such assistance.
The immigration process falls under two basic categories; one being the residency and the other combining the residency with the work permits to be able to work commercially in the country. The various entities involved are the Naturalization and residency departments and the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Interior is also a party to these formalities.
When submitting documentation for a residency permit, the applicant must have a passport with a minimum of six months left to run. Some Emirates may ask for the passport to have much longer left to run. Documents such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate if applicable, driver’s licence, and copies of qualifications, work experience details and references may all be requested by the authorities.
An applicant will also have to undergo a medical examination. A potential worker will need to be in good health and the medical examination will ensure that they are up to date with vaccinations and that they are free from any sexually transmitted diseases. Once the applicant is living in UAE they may be required to undergo a further examination. The medical examinations cannot be carried out by the applicant’s own doctor and travel to an authorised medical centre will be necessary. It will be necessary to take along the passport and the details of the entry visa. Generally the medical examination takes a maximum of 5 working days.
Once the residence visa has been approved it is a simple process of entering it into your passport whilst simultaneously obtaining your emirates identification card. For persons wishing to take up employment there is a mandatory requirement to obtain a labour card from the Ministry of Labour.
Applicants for a residence visa are now required to have their fingerprints taken as part of the new biometric data scheme. This will provide applicants with more secure identification and make it much harder for permits to be faked. This is becoming normal practice in countries across the world in order to make travelling more secure.
Some Emirates have plans to introduce or are in the process of introducing a short cultural test for those applying for residency. This is to ensure that the workers understand the differences between the culture in UAE and that of their home country.
Establish a company in one of the freezones
Mister Renaud is French and a business consultant; he doesn’t have a wife or children in France. He’s stricken off from the French civil register and he is going to live permanently in Dubai. He starts a practice there as a business consultant. In order to reside without any problems in Dubai, he is planning to establish a company in one of the freezones. Furthermore, he doesn’t pay any tax in Dubai. This is possible and legal as soon as Mr. Renaud leaves France permanently and sets up his life in Dubai.
Try to tax me if you can…
Tatiana is a very beautiful woman… She travels to Dubai. There she lived for five years and she made her fortune. The way she did it, we won’t tell you. However, the money has been earned in Dubai and she lived there effectively all the time. After her return in Czech Republic she decides to establish an exquisite restaurant in Prague. Can the tax authorities try to tax the Dubai money? No they can’t, since she didn’t earn it in Czech Republic and she was not a tax payer in Czech Republic during the time she lived in Dubai. Cheers!