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Chapter Two: Renewing your UAE Residency.

The UAE, and most particularly Dubai, aims at attracting talents and expertise by offering the safest most attractive life environment you can dream of in 2021… and the plan is to make it even better by 2040.

If you are not a GCC national, you will need a residency visa to live in the UAE. The UAE residency visa has a limited validity period: 1-year to 10-years depending on the type of residency visa you have secured in the first place.

By now, you know that the UAE residency visa and its associated EID is vital for any step of your life and your family and business lives and matters and it is very important that we anticipate its renewal.

There are three cases whereby you might want to avail our services to help you with the renewal:

  1. Your EID / Family EID is about to expire.
  2. You are moving jobs. Please be aware that this might mean transfer of your residency visa but it might also mean cancelation before requesting a new residency visa. In case of cancelation, your dependants are impacted hence why anticipating all the scenarios is very important.
  3. You would like to upgrade your residency visa. Why not? You might be elilgible for a 5-years ot a 1à-years Golden visa (see our previous post on the same)

A renewed visa will let you continue living legally in the UAE without incurring fines or facing legal consequences for the same. The relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) allows residents a grace period of 30 days to stay in the UAE after their visas expire.

As per the UAE immigration’s fines system, the penalty to stay on after the expiration of the grace period is:

  • AED 25 per day during the first 6 months (180 days)
  • AED 50 per day during the second 6 months (180 days)
  • AED 100 per day after passing a year and more.

Remember that when the visa expires, your Emirates ID card issued by Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) also expires.

Requirements for renewal

The conditions for renewing the residence visa are similar to those for sponsoring family membersgetting a work permit and when your visa was issued for the first time.

Basic requirements are:

  • a sponsor with a valid residency permit
  • passing a medical fitness test for those above 18
  • insurance card (mandatory in Dubai and Abu Dhabi)
  • a renewed identity card issued from ICA, or an original receipt that you have registered with ICA to get a renewal.

The following documents are needed:

  • online application or application through a registered typing office for renewal of residency permit signed by the sponsor, whether public sector, private sector company, or personal sponsor
  • original passport of the sponsored
  • photo of the sponsored.

Those sponsoring their families: spouse, children, parents and siblings (relatives of first and second degree) must present:

  • a copy of the husband’s/wife’s employment contract or company contract for investors
  • a salary certificate from the employer stating the employee’s monthly salary
  • a legalised marriage certificate
  • a registered tenancy contract
  • latest utility bill.

They must also meet the


These procedures may seem very cumbersom… But we are here to help.

You can reach out to us through WhatsApp or you can book a 15 minutes chat with us to freely discuss your needs.

You can reach out to us through WhatsApp to freely discuss your needs.


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