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Updated 10 May 2022

The UAE provides multiple options when it comes to obtaining a visa. Depending on the purpose of your visit, the government of UAE issues several types of visas, including business visas, tourist visas, transit visas, student visas, e-Visa for GCC residents and more. 

To further smoothen the visa acquiring process, the UAE government has announced easing up the process by removing the need to have a sponsor to apply for visas. Here are the types of UAE visas available without sponsors and how to get them. 

UAE visas without sponsors

In April 2022, the UAE announced a new system of visas that offers new types of residence permits for investors, skilled employees, self-employment and family members effective September 2022. Several visas, which earlier mandated sponsors, are now sponsor-free and can be easily applied. 

Below are the residency permits which don’t require a UAE sponsor or employer. 

How to apply for sponsor-free UAE visa?

The UAE has yet to officially launch the application process for the newly-announced permits.

As of now, visas can be applied through the respective UAE embassies in the country or through these online channels for applying for entry permits:

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