Suppose you are a Residence Visa holder of the UAE. You plan to visit India for a month long vacation from June 5th to July 5th. However, your Residence Visa expires on the 6th of July. Would you be able to leave the UAE and return without any hassles?
The answer is yes. A resident of the UAE may be able to enter the UAE as long as the Visa is valid. Hence, you may enter the UAE even a day before visa expiry.
What are the exceptions to the visa validity rule?
Staying for more than 6 months out of the UAE may lead to cancellation of your Residence Visa. UAE residents who leave the UAE for more than 6 months have their Residence Visas cancelled and need to apply for new ones to re-enter the country.
However, there are exceptions to the visa validity rule:
- If the wife of a UAE resident is a foreigner and on the sponsorship of her husband, she may be allowed to enter the country. This is despite the fact that she may have spent more than 6 months abroad.
- Domestic workers who accompany a UAE resident to study abroad will not lose their Residence Visas for staying abroad for more than 6 months
- Domestic workers who accompany a UAE resident for medical treatment abroad will also not lose their Residence Visa
- An expat in the UAE who goes abroad for medical treatment for more than 6 months also does not lose the Residence Visa. However, their medical reports need to be approved by the Ministry of Health, as per Khaleej Times.
- Domestic workers who accompany Diplomatic or Consular members abroad also do not lose their Residence Visa
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