Yes. Expatriate employees or employers have the chance to procure a residence visa there are three ways the status could be changed from “Entry permit holder” to “Resident Visa Holder”:

Official employment, company registration, and real estate acquisition.

Once they have a valid residency permit, male residents could sponsor their respective spouse and children (under 18 years of age) and any unmarried daughters above the age of 18 years.

Expatriate employers are issued a residency visa for three years, while expatriate employees are issued a residency visa for 1 to 2 years, depending on their labor contract.

The UAE cabinet has granted long-term visas to certain expatriates such as entrepreneurs, specialized talents and researchers in the knowledge and science field, and outstanding students, with some applicable conditions. 



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