The UAE issues a decision regarding the validity of the residence visa

Do you find yourself unable to return to the United Arab Emirates after being away for more than six months?

Unless you hold a Golden Visa, your residence visa for the United Arab Emirates is also no longer valid.

However, the good news is that you are still able to enter the city as long as you have a return permission to Dubai that was given by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFAD).

This article will provide you with all the information you want to obtain a return permission to Dubai.

Who is eligible to obtain a permit to return to Dubai?

Application for a return permit to Dubai is open to any resident who possesses a valid visa and has not entered the United Arab Emirates for a period of more than six months. The following are acceptable explanations for the delay in visitation:

  • Study
  • Work
  • Medical treatment
  • Crisis

In order to obtain a return permission to Dubai, what kinds of documentation do I need to submit?

  • Copy of the Emirates ID.
  • A copy of the passport.
  • a justification for the reason why you have been absent from the country for more than half a year.

How do I go about obtaining a permit to return to Dubai?

Remember to keep your UAE pass close at hand.

The next step is to visit the website of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai.

To use your UAE Pass to log in, follow these steps:

first, click the login tab located on the very right side of the website.

The next step is to select the "Individuals" tab from the pop-up menu and then click on the "log in with UAE pass" option. The Emirates ID that you have on file can also be used to log in at this point.

In either case, once you have successfully logged in, you will be shown with a dashboard that is unique to you. Please select the 'Create New Application' option here.

The following step is to choose the service that is titled "Return Permit for Resident outside UAE More than 6 months."

Please fill out the form, although the majority of it will be filled out for you if you will be using the UAE Pass.


Some of the information that is required at this stage includes the mother's name in both English and Arabic, as well as the sponsor's information, passport information, and current nationality.

In addition to this, you will be questioned about the factors that led to your absence from the nation, as well as the emirate in which you arrived.

After that, you will be questioned about your contact information within the city.

After that, you will be requested to upload the necessary documents, so make sure that you have your identification upon you.

In the end, you will be required to pay the application cost and then submit your application.

And that's it. An email confirming your transaction and a transaction number will be sent to you very soon.

In order to determine whether or not my application was accepted, how long will I have to wait?

In most cases, the procedure takes around two days of working time.

When does the permit to return to Dubai become invalid?

You are permitted to re-enter the country for a period of one month beginning on the day of approval, provided that your resident visa remains valid for the duration of this term.

What are the fees associated with the return permit?

According to the re-entry fees, the permit costs Dhs220. If you have been absent from the nation for more than 180 days, you will be required to pay an additional Dhs100 for each month that you have spent outside of the country.

If I am a resident of a different emirate, what are my options? Am I still able to obtain a permit to return?

You can submit an application for a re-entry permit through the ICP smart services portal, If you are a resident of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, or Fujairah and have been absent from the United Arab Emirates for more than six months, you possess a residency visa from one of these cities.

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