Can you help me to find a lawyer that can advise me on how to get a residence visa in Dubai please? ST, India
No one requires a lawyer to obtain a visa as for all non-GCC nationals, residency is linked to employment, or in a few cases, to the ownership of a property. It is not possible to obtain a residency visa as a stand-alone item. An individual needs to find employment, set up a business and arrange a visa linked to the trade licence. They can also be sponsored by a family member, although rules apply here. A person may also be able to obtain a visa if they own an unmortgaged property in Dubai worth in excess of Dh1 million.
Keren Bobker is an independent financial adviser with Holborn Assets in Dubai, with over 20 years’ experience. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @FinancialUAE.
The advice provided in our columns does not constitute legal advice and is provided for information only.