Dubai is a city that never fails to captivate visitors with its stunning architecture, high-end lifestyle, and bustling business scene. It serves as a hub for international professionals with diverse skillsets and attracts talent from all over the world.

The Dubai Mainland Visa, also known as a Residence Visa, allows you to reside and work legally within the geographical boundaries of Dubai's mainland. Unlike Free Zone visas, which restrict business activities to designated Free Zone areas, a Dubai Mainland visa offers greater flexibility. With this visa, you can conduct business anywhere in the UAE and even establish your own company on the mainland.

Who Qualifies for a Dubai Mainland Visa?

Obtaining a Dubai Mainland Visa typically requires sponsorship from a company registered on the Dubai mainland. This company acts as your legal sponsor and plays a crucial role in initiating and processing your visa application. Here's a breakdown of the most common sponsorship categories


The UAE’s ‘Golden visa’ is a long-term residence visa that enables foreign talents to live, work or study in the UAE while enjoying exclusive benefits, which include

  • an entry visa for six months with multiple entries to proceed with residence issuance
  • a long-term, renewable residence visa valid for 5 or 10 years
  • the privilege of not needing a sponsor
  • the ability to stay outside the UAE for more than the usual period of six months to keep their residence visa valid
  • the ability to sponsor their family members, including spouses and children, regardless of their ages
  • the ability to sponsor an unlimited number of domestic helpers
  • The permit for family members to stay in the UAE until the end of their permit duration if the primary holder of the Golden visa passes away.
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