United Arab Emirates – Visa Transfer Restrictions

What has changed

Effective May 12, 2016, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai is no longer accepting the transfer of employment or dependent visas issued in another emirate (e.g. Abu Dhabi, Sharjah etc.). Previously the authorities would consider some applications, based on the case background, and would allow for a visa transfer from another emirate to Dubai.

Who is affected?

  • Employees transferring to Dubai from another Emirate

What to expect

Applicants must now cancel their residence permit/visa if issued by another emirate before they apply for a residence permit/visa with the authorities in Dubai.

Additionally, employment or dependent entry permits are valid for sixty (60) days from the date issued and cannot be renewed. Therefore, the applicant should ensure that they enter the UAE within sixty (60) days.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide can provided guidance and assist the client with the process where ever possible.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how this may impact you or your clients

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.