Immigrate to UAE from UK

Immigrate to UAE from UK

Updated on Tuesday 26th October 2021

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Immigrate-to-UAE-from-UKThe UAE is one of the most appealing countries in the Middle East when it comes to doing business or working. Dubai is one of the most attractive emirates from a living style point of view, which is why citizens from many countries around the world decide to move here. It is also the case of UK citizens who find plenty of opportunities in one of the most welcoming countries in the region when it comes to foreigners.
If you want to immigrate to UAE from UK, our lawyers in Dubai are at your service for guidance in applying for one of the visas that ensures a quick relocation. You can also rely on for various other services related to immigration and doing business in the UAE.

The main types of visas for UK citizens moving to the UAE

There are several ways through which UK citizens can relocate to UAE for short or long term. The most requested types of visas by British citizens are:
  1. the employment visa which is can be obtained after finding a UAE-based employer and receiving a job offer;
  2. the dependent visa which can be obtained by UK citizens who already have close family members living in the UAE;
  3. the student visa which is quite popular among British citizens who come to study in the UAE;
  4. the investor visa which is the most suitable option for UK entrepreneurs who come to the UAE for business reasons.
For each type of visa, the requirements are different which is why if you plan to immigrate to UAE from UK and need information or assistance in applying for one of the above-mentioned visas, you can direct your questions to our law firm in Dubai.

The residence permit for UK citizens relocating to the UAE

The good news about immigration from UK to the UAE is that each type of visa comes with a residence permit, therefore when applying for a visa, the applicant will also receive residency in Dubai or any other Emirate. However, it should be noted that each Emirate also has specific requisites when moving there.
Our immigration lawyers in Dubai can offer more information on the national legislation related to moving to the UAE and the main requirements. You can also rely on us if you want to move to the UAE from the USA, for example.

Documents required when immigrating to UAE from UK

The documents required by the immigration authorities in the UAE depend on the type of visa requested, however, on a general note, the following must be filed no matter the reason for relocation:
  • the valid passport;
  • a health certificate;
  • a few passport-sized photographs.
Then, depending on the type of visa applied for, the employment contract received from the UAE company employing the immigrant is requested to work visa applicants. Also, an education certificate, alongside diplomas and other documents showing the experience of the immigrant is required.
When immigrating based on a student visa, the applicant will be required to submit the acceptance letter from the university enrolled in.
When moving from UK to UAE based on a dependent visa, the documents needed are slightly different as sponsorship implies meeting specific financial requirements, such as:
  • when bringing parents to the UAE, the sponsor must have a minimum monthly salary of 20,000 AED;
  • when bringing the spouse or minor children, the minimum monthly salary of the sponsor must be 4,000 AED or 3,000 AED if accommodation is also provided.
For this, the sponsor must submit a payslip providing for the proof of income.
When immigrating to Dubai from the UK, all documents must be filed with the Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

How to immigrate to UAE from UK for business reasons

UK businesspersons who want to open companies in the UAE can also apply for temporary residency when filing the incorporation documents of their future companies.
Another type of investor visa in the UAE is the property ownership residence permit through which a British citizen can move to Dubai or another Emirate by purchasing real estate. The main condition for obtaining this type of visa is for the property to have a minimum value of 1 million AED.
If you want to relocate to UAE from UK based on an investor visa, you can rely on our lawyers in Dubai.
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Validity of residence visas in Dubai

Each type of residence permit comes with a specific validity period when immigrating to UAE from UK or any other country and the following must be noted:
  • the business visa has a 3-year validity period;
  • the investor visa has a 5-year validity period;
  • the minimum validity for a work visa is 6 months;
  • the maximum validity for a work permit is 2 years.
For assistance in moving to UAE from UK, please contact our Dubai law firm.