Can Tourist Visa Be Converted To Employment Visa In Uae

Everybody knows that the UAE is one of the most beautiful and richest countries in the region and in the world. Can Tourist Visa Be Converted To Employment Visa In Uae If you travel to a country, it is better to know if there are possible ways to stay legally or permanently in that country, from where he could earn much more than at home. We should all be aware of the fact that the number of expats in the UAE has reached a point where it is impossible to house them all, so imagine how difficult it would be for one to get an employment visa in the UAE.

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there are two types of Entry visas for those who wish to visit the country. These are the Temporary visit visa (also known as Tourism visa) and a Permanent Residence Visa. In this article, we will tell you how you can convert your current Tourist Visa to an Employment Visa in the UAE to gain permanent residency and employment permits. We will base our discussion today on – AA. But, other resources which you can find on our website include some frequently asked questions such as: how many days will take to change visit visa to employment visa in uae and how to convert visit visa to work visa in dubai

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Can Tourist Visa Be Converted To Employment Visa In Uae

Having recently moved to Dubai and in the process of getting my Employment Visa, I’ve had so many setbacks and obstacles that when asked to write this blog post about Tourist to Employment visa in UAE, I almost said no. But then I started thinking about some of my friends who are on the same boat and are going through the same difficulties which made me change my mind. The main concern for most people is whether a Tourist Visa can be converted into an Employment Visa or not.    

The UAE is an important area to be considered in, while planning your trip to Middle East. It is an Arabian country which has a beautiful hospitality and breathtaking views and it also has reasonable prices. However, you need a valid visa to enter the country. The Emirati UAE visa rules are strict and it is also hard for the expatriates to get the work visa. Therefore, you have to apply for the sponsored visa at UAE Embassy or Consulate in your resident country before entering the country. Many people who came to UAE on the tourist visa have been tried their luck in search of legal employment here. Whereas, others have decided not to take any chance and return back home. Then what are the options left for those who want to reside in UAE long-term?

Dubai Visit Visa

Dubai is one of the most visited destinations by travelers from across the world especially for leisure and entertainment. That is why everyone wants a visa to UAE. Therefore, for the convenience of the travelers, the UAE government has introduced many different types of visas, and you can apply for UAE visa online easily. The process of getting the visa to Dubai is hassle free and quick. Visit visa Dubai is one of the most applied visa’s in Dubai.

What is a visit visa?

People who are willing to stay in Dubai for more than 14 days either for work or pleasure can apply for a visit visa in Dubai. Visit visa to Dubai can be obtained for 30 days or 90 days and it can be converted to employment visa or residence visa. Other than the visa fee a deposit is also required from the local sponsor, relative or any resident, which is refunded once the visitor successfully leaves the country in case of visit to UAE. You need to consider your nationality, purpose of visit and the duration of the visit while applying for visit visa. UAE visit visa can’t be renewed.

How to get a visit visa for Dubai?

You can apply visit visa Dubai online or get it done through a travel agent, online booking website or get sponsored by any of the renowned hotels or airlines that are based in Dubai. There are different kinds of Dubai Visit visas and cost and visa process also varies.

What is the difference between a tourist visa and visit visa?

  • Tourist visa can only be used for tourism and leisure purpose whereas a visit visa can be used for business meetings, to attend a seminar or any other purpose.
  • With a tourist visa, you can stay for 14 days or 30 days and it is extendible for 40 days period whereas with a visit visa you can stay for 90 days.

Dubai visit visa fee is higher than the tourist visa fee. 90 days Visit Visa will cost your AED 825 whereas 30 days Tourist Visa will cost you AED 305.

  • You cannot convert your tourist visa into another visa but visit visa can be converted into employment visa
  • Tourist visa is only valid for 2 months while visit visa is valid up to 6 months
  • he sponsor of tourist visa can be friend, relative, or local hotel and agency in UAE but in case of visit visa he should be citizen of UAE.

What are different types of visit visa?

  • 90 days visit Visa – The 90 days visit visa to Dubai has a validity of 58 days from the date on which it is issued, and it allows you 

UAE new visa rules 2022: what do the changes mean for jobs, families and tourism?

Rules governing the ways people work and live in the UAE were approved in April

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A 60-day visit visa for tourists is now standard instead of a 30-day one. Christopher Pike / Bloomberg
The Job Exploration Entry Visa was created to attract young talent and skilled professionals. Photo: Dubai Airports
Holders of the Green Visa for Skilled Employees and Freelancers will be able to bring any first-degree relative to live with them. Khushnum Bhandari / The National
A five-year multi-entry tourist visa has been introduced. This does not require a sponsor and allows the holder to stay in the country for up to 90 consecutive days, as long as they have $4,000 or its equivalent in their bank account. Christopher Pike / Bloomberg
A Green Residence visa for an investor or partner in a company provides five-year residency. It replaces the previous residence permit, which was valid for two years. Photo: DMCC
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The 10-year Golden Residence Scheme visa is open to investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and certain other professionals; humanitarians, first responders, and outstanding students and recent graduates. Photo: National Geographic

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The UAE is offering new types of visa, including options for long-stay tourists, jobseekers, accomplished professionals, star students and high-net-worth individuals. Wam

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New rules governing the ways people work and live in the UAE come into effect today, Monday October 3.

Approved by the Cabinet in April, this is one of the biggest shake-ups to the country’s immigration policy in years.

Longer visit visas for tourists, long-term residency for sought-after professionals and easy access to the 10-year Golden Visa scheme were among the headline changes.

But what does this all mean, and does any of it affect or benefit you? Here The National breaks down the changes.

Is the Golden Visa changing?

Golden Visa services have a dedicated portal here, on the federal immigration website. Abu Dhabi’s service can be found here.

No costs have yet been released, but some require a deposit of between Dh1,500 and Dh2,000.

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What happened?

The Cabinet approved the “executive regulations” of the Federal Decree-Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners.

This put into motion the creation of new visas and formally approved others, such as the Golden Visa residency system, that had already been rolled out.

Many of the details were made public over the previous 18 months but the new elements include a 60-day entry visa for many tourists and allowing parents to continue to sponsor disabled children when they reach adulthood.

Who are the new visa rules aimed at?

Golden visas

The country’s leaders want to attract more skilled professionals, those with medicine and science backgrounds, the brightest students and tech-savvy minds to live in the Emirates.

Wealthy investors, entrepreneurs and company owners are sought after. Officials hope they will set down roots, invest in property and make the country their long-term home.

The wide range of 10 visa types may benefit many residents and people planning to make the country home.

There are several visa types that are aimed at these groups, including Golden Visas, which were first approved in late 2020. In the first year, 44,000 visas were issued in Dubai alone.

“The golden visa for an ownership of Dh2 million on real estate will definitely be a major boost for middle and higher segments to invest in the UAE through real estate or other sources,” said Vijay Valecha, chief investment officer of Century Financial Consultancy.

Who is eligible for a UAE Golden Visa under new rules?

Green visas

In the middle-income bracket are green visas, which are aimed at skilled workers, freelancers and the self-employed. These grant the holder five years’ residency.

To be eligible, an applicant requires a monthly salary of Dh15,000 and a bachelor’s degree in certain skilled fields, including science, law, education, culture or social sciences, among others.

Someone who currently holds a two or three-year trade licence for freelance work may find this option attractive, but the costs have not yet been set out.

green visa holder can sponsor relatives for residency for five years. Previously, this was typically allowed for two years.


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Many recent graduates are keen to get their first taste of the job market in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National

There is no specific provision for lower-income and lower-skilled workers to secure special visas. But jobseeker and five-year multi-entry visas may benefit people who wish to move to the Emirates, or join family here.

In particular, this could benefit people from countries that require paid-for visas in advance of flying, such as India, Pakistan, Philippines and Bangladesh. Officials did not say how long a jobseeker visa was valid for, but previously said six months when it was mooted before the pandemic.

Primarily, it is aimed at “young talent and skilled professionals”. Recent graduates from the world’s top 500 universities are included in this category.

“The abolishment of needing a sponsor or host for a visit visa is a big step to prompt young individuals to come to the UAE for job opportunities,” Mr Valecha said.

Family sponsorship

Last year, authorities allowed parents to sponsor their male children until they were 25 instead of 18.

The decision in April appears to affirm that and to add new provisions, allowing parents with a disabled child to sponsor them into adulthood. Parents can continue to sponsor unmarried daughters at any age.

Why are these changes being made?

The government hopes to attract more highly skilled people to live in the Emirates and build a bigger “knowledge economy”.

Scientists, coders and tech workers and just some of the professionals it hopes to attract.

Population growth is also high on the agenda.

Dubai alone wants to boost its 3.5 million residents to 5.8 million by 2040.

The country further wants to rapidly bounce back from the Covid pandemic, welcoming back millions more tourists. Allowing people to stay more easily for longer aids all of these goals.

Does any of this affect me?

If you are a salaried employee working for a company you are likely to stay on a regular two and three-year visa.

Employees may find they are eligible to secure a Golden Visa, particularly if nominated by a friend or acquaintance with that visa. Their status with their employer would not be affected and health insurance would continue to be provided as standard.

Who is eligible for a Golden Visa?

There is no exhaustive list of every job category.

You can apply here on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity using your Emirates ID and see if you are eligible.

Or you can be nominated directly by someone you know who already has a Golden Visa.

The list of eligible professionals and qualifications includes people in science, technology, arts, culture and the creative industries. People investing Dh1 million to Dh2 million in property also have several options.

Who pays for a visa?

Most of the new visas on the list are aimed at freelancers, self-employed people and business owners, who would foot the bill for their own visa or arrange through their own company.

Golden Visas have already processed payments in the hundreds or low thousands of dirhams.

It’s important to note that by law a regular employee working for a company cannot be made to pay for a basic residency visa.

‘Many roles take months to secure’

CEOINSPIRESELECTION- Louise Vine, Managing Director, Inspire Selection during a photo shoot in Dubai on Tuesday, March 19, 2018. Photo by Dhes Handumon
Louise Vine says a months-long visa is needed to search and secure a job in today’s competitive climate. Photo: Inspire Selection

Louise Vine, managing director at Inspire Selection recruitment agency in Dubai, earlier this year said the recruitment process for professional roles, and particular senior roles, can take months.

“It gives people a purpose to come here and it helps the government understand they are on a mission to find a job, rather than being here as a tourist,” she said.

The duration, which has not yet been announced, will be important.

Depending on the level of the role, recruitment can take anything from a few weeks to several months, she said.

“You would need potentially three to six months to find a senior role in certain industries,” Ms Vine said.

“There are fewer jobs and also the interview process is quite lengthy, so it’s not just one interview and job done. It could be four or five interviews and case studies to prepare for, so it takes time.”

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