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Posted on November 01 2022

Visit, migrate to UAE with these UAE visas that need no sponsorship

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Highlights: UAE visas that you can apply for without sponsorship

  • It’s possible to migrate to UAE without a sponsorship
  • Here are seven UAE visa types that you can apply for independently
  • The latest update of the UAE visa system was done on October 3, 2022

At some point, haven’t you wondered if you had to wait to get sponsored or invited to visit or relocate to the UAE? Now, are you thinking that someone in your family or your friends will need sponsorship to migrate to UAE?

For anyone with an intention to move to UAE without any obligation to get sponsored, we have good news for you.

The best part of what we are going to share with you is that you will get to know about UAE visa types that are used for residence as well as visiting. You now have over half a dozen visas that you can apply for all by yourself if you meet all the eligibility criteria.

In this article, we will look at 7 such UAE visas that you can apply for without the requirement for sponsorships. These visas cover all reasons for which you could apply for a UAE visa in the first place: tourism, residence, job, and business.

Golden Visa

The Golden Residence visa is a residence visa issued for a period of 10 years. This visa is granted to the following categories of migrants:

  • Investors, who are into
    • Real estate investment
    • Public investment
  • Entrepreneurs who
    • Have the approved idea to establish a start-up
    • Is the owner of a successful start-up that’s registered
    • Is a previous founder of a start-up that was successful and was sold inside the UAE or outside the country
  • Exceptional talents in the areas of
    • Culture and art
    • Sports
    • Inventors and innovators
    • Digital technology
    • Other vital fields
  • Scientists and professionals who are
    • Scientists
    • Science professionals
    • Chief executives and senior officials
    • Scientists and professionals
    • Engineering professionals
    • Education professionals
    • Health professionals
    • Legal, cultural, and professional
    • IT Professionals
    • Professionals in business and administration
  • Students and graduates who are outstanding and are
    • Graduates of the top 100 universities in the world
    • Graduates who performed the best in universities in the UAE
    • Students who performed their best in secondary schools
  • Humanitarian pioneers who are
    • Distinguished members of regional and international organizations
    • Distinguished sponsors and volunteers of humanitarian efforts
    • Recipients of awards of recognition in humanitarian fields
    • Outstanding members of associations of public benefit
  • Frontline Heroes
    • Frontline workers who have made extraordinary efforts during a crisis period like the COVID-19 pandemic

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Benefits of Golden Residence visa

  • A Golden Visa can be renewed every 10 years.
  • Your period of staying outside the UAE won’t render the Golden Residence invalid. In the normal course, staying outside the UAE for over six months makes a residence visa invalid.
  • You don’t require a sponsor/employer to migrate using this visa.
  • You can get your family members to get residency in the UAE (these include your spouse and children without any age limit specified.
  • There will be no limit on the maximum number of domestic helpers who can receive sponsorship.
  • If you are originally holding a Golden Residence visa, after your death, your family members will be allowed to stay in the UAE as long as their residence permit has a validity period remaining.
  • A special multiple-entry visa will be provided to let applicants migrate to UAE and complete the application process for Golden Visa. The special visa has a six-month validity.

Residence visa

Here are a few UAE residence visa types that you can apply for without any local sponsor:

  • Retirement residence – This is a five-year visa.
  • Remote work residence – This is a one-year visa.
  • Real Estate Owners’ Residence – This is a two-year visa.

Green Visa

The Green visa is a five-year visa that you can apply for if you are one of the following:

  • A freelancer
  • A skilled employee
  • An investor and partner

You can obtain this visa through self-sponsorship if you belong to any one of the aforementioned categories.

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Five-year multiple-entry tourist visas

If you want to apply for this visa without a sponsor, you have to

  • Present a copy of your health insurance that’s in the UAE while you are staying in the UAE
  • produce a bank statement to prove that you have a minimum balance of USD4,000 (approximately DHA15,000) in the last six months

Visit visa (visit friends/relatives)

Some of the visit visa types you can apply for without a local sponsor in the UAE. These include a visit visa for visiting friends/relatives.

Jobseeker visa

The job seeker visa is not very different from a visitor visa except that it’s used for the purpose of seeking a job in the UAE. This visa doesn’t need sponsors in the UAE. This type of visa could be obtained for periods of two, three, or four months.

Visit visa to explore business opportunities

There’s a visa that the UAE offers that’s meant for you to arrive in the UAE to explore opportunities for business. Even this visa doesn’t need any individual or company to sponsor you in the UAE.

If you are willing to migrate to UAE, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE.

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