Will staying outside 6 months continuously cancel my UAE visa?

Automatic visa cancellation of UAE Visa if 6 months outside UAE


If you have a valid UAE residence visa and for some reason you have to stay outside the UAE continuously over six(6) months the visa will become invalid or expired. However, it is possible to prevent the automatic cancellation of residence visa. If you have a valid residence from UAE and stay outside UAE for more than six months or 180 days continuously, provided that the visa is still valid it is possible to prevent the invalidation of residence visa.

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The procedure to get re-entry in case of automatic visa invalidation is as below:

In case your visa has expired, the sponsor of the residence visa may apply to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs and obtain a letter or re-entry permit from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs. This will help you in getting the visa validated and permit the visa holder to re-enter the UAE. The visa holder must enter Dubai within 14 days from the date of letter being issued.

The Fees for issuing re-entry permit would be AED 230. You may have to pay AED 100 for each month of stay outside the UAE after completion of six months of continuous stay outside the UAE.

The original letter or re-entry permit to be deposited in the airport immigration (where you normally deposit your original visa) and copy to be send to the visa holder to board the flight.

Documents required to issue the re-entry permit after six months stay outside UAE are:

  • Sponsor’s original passport copy
  • Sponsor’s original ID
  • Copy of the passport of the sponsored, in case of company sponsorship, you need to show the below documents along with the above mentioned documents:
  • Copy of the establishment card
  • Copy of the commercial license

Kindly note that the approval for the exemption is strictly at the discretion of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs and it is always better to get updated information from the immigration.

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  • this facility only in Dubai ? or all emirates ?? i want to know Abudhabi visa holder procedure.

  • but i heared that this facility is stopped, and we need to cancel the visa and apply for new…is that true..?

  • In case if the visa is cancelled, we need to submit for computer cancellation, and then how much time we have to is it one day or 30 days, please provide information

  • I have a query. I was outside UAE for over 6 months during which my visa expired. I was under my fathers sponsorship.

    Ts in 2013.

    In 2014 i visited UAE twice with No problems on a tourist visa and new passport because I got married and changed my surname so I made a new passport.

    Now my husband is in UAE and I want to come under his sponsorship. My father went to formally cancel my old visa which was expired but the man said that I cannot re enter UAE.

    Do you think I can enter under my husbands sponsorship with a new name and have no issues with the Emirates ID authority?

    • Jenny,
      There should not be any problems as such.
      I am not sure why the officer said you could not enter UAE.
      Whether you can enter is decided by the immigration authorities.

  • If you stay outside UAE 6 months continuosly visa will can celled antomatically is there any ban?

    • Lani,
      If you have informed your employer, then you may not end up in absconding list. Some companies impose absconding ban if employees do not report to work.
      Ban may also be applicable.

  • when i resigned my company in September 2014 due to some family problem. i was outside uae on annual leave when i resigned, My company accepted my resignation. When i asked them about visa cancellation and gratuity.company said to send scan exit copy of passport,and said gratuity will be credited by November(will able to withdraw only after six months,until then account will be kept frozen). And visa will be automatically cancel after 6 months. But after 6 months when I follow up, company saying they have file absconding case in January 2015 as I did not submit my passport ( But company never informed me to do so )and They received instructions from immigration to file an absconding case out of country before completing 6 months in order to clear the pending cases In Dubai immigration’s offender list.

    Kindly advice what the company says about Dubai immigration offender list is true.

    does this mean I have no entry to UAE .


  • Dear Deepak,

    After family visa issue, within 60 days we can cancel the visa.

    Is there any penalty and how total charges including family visa (wife + 2 kids) and cancellation

  • hi Deepak..I am a UAE residence visa holder and my father is my sponsor. I am studying in India for my UG course. this time I cannot enter UAE within 6 months due to my exam schedule and will be entering a week late. I heard from a few friends that the re-entry permit is no longer given. would you know what is the new procedure?

    • Stephy,
      Yes, there is no re-entry permit. your visa will be cancelled and you will have to apply for new residence visa.

  • iam now in ABUDHABI… I have my residential visa with my company sponcer..let i wants to know.

    1. if i went to india . my company didnt cancelled my visa.. what is the procedure to reenter to UAE. with another company sponcer…

    2. if they cancelled if there any time period to reenter UAE

    3. if iam in india over 6 months.. and visa cancelled automatically.. then what is the time period to reentry UAE with another visa.

    • Banuchander,
      1. First check what is your situation in the immigration.
      2. There is no timeperiod. You can enter anytime after you have a visa.
      3. refer above.
      Very confusing queries and repetition.

  • is the visa will be cancelled automatically after 2 years?

    for example if my visa will be expiring on june 7th 2015, and if I am going to my country in the month of may or june 2015 without visa cancellation.. will it be cancelled automatically???
    and can I Apply for a new job??

    • Nikhil,
      No, it is not cancelled automatically. You have to officially cancel it by submitting visa cancellation form with immigration.

  • Hi Deepak can i ask one question regarding visa cancellation my wife went pakistan 12 oct 2014 and on that time she was pregnant and we deliverd our first baby in pakistan i want to know now i have to recall my family i am shj govt employee my visa and my wife visa validaty is 3 year her visa is cancelled ? should i submit new visa process ? please help me out what should i do ?

    • Bilal,
      If the residence visa holder stays outside UAE for 6 months continuously the visa will be cancelled immediately.
      Earlier you could apply to make it valid.
      I think currently you will need to apply for a fresh visa. Please also consult immigration.

  • Dear Sir,

    My daughter leave dubai last June 05, 2015 to study in the Philippines. She is coming back on Dec. 05, 2015 but that week is her examination week and she will come back a week after. Does her visa is to be cancelled and if she can re enter dubai? Please advise.

    • Bhey,
      If the resident permit holder is out of UAE for continuously 6 months, the visa is automatically cancelled.
      SHe will not be able to enter UAE.

  • Hi Deepak, Is there any option to stay over 6 months for delivery or some other medical reason..? Recently i heared something like that. appriaciate if you could clarify this,. Thanks

  • Hi sir, please can you help me. My wife went to India January 1st morning flight exit stamp also 1st January 2015, I have to plan bring my wife and daughter June 30th morning flight. Is it’s possible? How to calculate the days including exit and entry days?

    • Shoukath,
      If they are continuously out for 6 month, the visa is cancelled automatically.
      Why can’t you bring them prior to 30th.
      You should confirm with immigration.
      Also their visas need to be valid.

  • Hai
    My name is Yanish.I leave u a e Nov 2.because of personal problems bi can’t go back.my visa is expired June 20.i can apply job in uae and another gulf country’s .please reply for me

    • Yanish,
      Yes you could apply with other countries.
      I also recommend to clear your status in UAE.

  • Hi deep ak can u tell me please 6 month means how to calculate my daughter went to india Feb 14 2015 she will return Aug 9 2015 is it OK .. or she get any problem. Can u tell me please

    • Ajai,
      It is better to get your daughter sufficiently earlier than near the expiry date of the visa so you will have enough time to renew it.
      6 months means 365/2.

  • Hi Deepak. I am working in dubai, I took for an emergency leave last month for 10 days. However, due to medical conditions. I am not gonna be able to come back in Dubai. And so, I formally submitted a resignation letter to my employer. But they kept calling me. And asking me to send my passport to them for visa cancellation. Is it possible to cancel an employment visa with original passport copy? As my other friends say. Company can cancel visa by passport copy only. But i am quite confused. Can they really cancel with visa with passport copy only?

  • Hello Deepak, The duration is 6 months or 180 days for staying outside uae? because some time 6 months is more than 180 days for example mar 10 2015 to sep 9 2015 is 183 days

  • Hi Deepak, My friend went on vacation to Philippines and her flight date is the same date of her residency expiry date. She will still be able to re-enter UAE or if the Emirates ID is still valid she can still enter. Please advise. Thanks.

  • Dear Deepak,
    My wife went back to country while she was 4 months pregnant, and she delivered the baby through surgery, and doctor told her not to travel, so she stayed there in the country for more then 6 months, her visa is still valid, please let me know how i can get her back here, and how much fine i have to pay, and what will be the documentation process. she stayed 10 months in total out side.

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Qasim,
      Her visa is automatically cancelled.
      You will have to apply for new visa.
      Earlier, you could reinstate visa. But nowadays, I don’t think it is possible.

      • Dear Sir,

        I left in Dubai on 31.04.2015.I can a re-entry 27.09.2015.How the calculation 180 days? fFor examples 31.04.2015 included in the calculation?I can entry (180) last day.

        • Abdullah,
          No, you may not be allowed to enter on the last day of expiry.
          I am not too sure about this.

  • Mr, Deepak,

    Would like to ask if my current company will be terminate me, is it possible for me to apply husband visa with out any conflict in labor ministry?

    • Anna,
      Visa and labour ministry are not linked.
      You can apply for husband visa even if you have a labour ban.

  • Dear Deepak,

    Hope this message finds you well.

    Please seek your assistance that my mother has left UAE with valid residency visa and it will expires in December’16. But as per immigration post 6 months visa will expires automatically.

    Can I apply for her visit visa application and she can visit UAE as per visit visa procedures?

    Seek your generous assistance in this matter.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Talha Akbar

    • Talha,
      I am a bit confused!
      Why would she require a visit visa, when she already has valid residence visa?

  • Hi Deepak,

    My visa is of sharjah and the same is expiring by 1st Oct, I am sponsored thru my father

    I want to cancel the same and leave the country.

    Can I alone go and get my visa cancelled and not involve my father?

  • Dear Deepak

    My wife exit from UAE on 12th March 2015. Which is the last date that she can re-entry .

  • I want to ask my friend is out of the country more than 6months and didnt inform her employer that she will not come back. Now her employer is asking for her passport to cancel her visa but she is not giving it. My question is if she can still come back? Even after 6months she is out of uae and if she will get other problem as she was a runaway?

  • Dear Deepak

    Need some help from you…

    My wife is expecting….and i want to send her to india on 5th November 2015 as somebody is there to accompany her from dubai…..her delivery date is in April so it will be very difficult for her to back within 180 days….so she intend to travel may be in july/August 2016….and her Visa is getting expired on 10th August 2016…..

    Is there a thing that if she doesnt arrive before the visa expiry, her visa will automatically cancel…or i have cancel it first and apply for the new visa….

    to avoid confusion i was thinking to get her , after getting a new visa for her with the baby…is it ok….or any other formalities are there….Awaiting your response….


  • Hi Deepak,

    I hope everything is well. My residence visa has been cancelled last August 17, 2015 and as per the cancelled document, I need to leave UAE or change status before September 15, 2015. I already booked my flight going out of UAE on September 15, 2015. However, I am a little bit worried if I will face an immigration fine at the airport if I will leave on the 15th. Can you enlighten me if I will incur an immigration fine if I will leave UAE on September 15, 2015

    Your swift reply will be so much appreciated.



  • Hi Deepak,

    My son’s visa valid until April 2016. He went out UAE on Sept 2014 until now (total 1 year). I know his visa is now invalid as he was out for more than 6 months. My question, do I have to pay penalty as I did not cancel this after 6 mos? I saw on their website to pay AED 15 for the first 6 mos (180 days), what is this?
    Please advise and thank you.

  • Hi Deepak,

    I am a student on my mom’s sponsorship and currently out of UAE. I enter the UAE every 6 months to keep the residence permit going. Now within this 6 months period, when I am out of country, my mom would like to cancel my residence permit. My questions are as follows,

    1. Is it possible for my mom to cancel my visa when I am out of country?
    2. Does my mom need my original passport and original Emirates ID?
    3. What are the docs required to cancel my visa when I am out of country and how much is the fee?


    • Vinetha,
      1. I am not so sure about this. But original passport must be presented.
      2. Yes, original passport is required.
      3. I am not sure about this.

    • Hi Vinetha,

      Same case for me also.. did ur mom cancel ur visa without ur original documents ?

  • Hi, Deepak
    I’m on 3 year contract visa. Now I got job in USA. Coming October I’m gonna complete 1 year in Dubai. Now I’m in India without cancelling UAE visa.. is there any problem for travelling to US or other country’s.

    • Vivek,
      Better to cancel the UAE visa keeping your future in mind. However, I do not see problem of traveling.
      Congrats on the job.

  • Hello,

    I was working in UAE in 2013, I was holding 1 year visa from company.
    but some emergency reason I came to India and didn’t cancel Visa.

    1. is that my Visa is canceled?
    2. Can I get new visa now in Nov 2015?

    • Deepak,
      1. Yes, it is automatically cancelled. But your employer might have filed absconding complaint.
      2. if your company has filed absconding case, you will not get a new visa until it is cleared.

      • 2. if your company has filed absconding case, you will not get a new visa until it is cleared.

        Hello Deepak,

        If they filed absconding case then what is procedure to clear this?
        I don’t want go to company.

  • Hello deepak my name is ali I jst wnt to ask u my wife is pregnant so I send her in india her visa is valid till august 2017 bt I dnt think she will be able to cum back in 6 month to save visa . So my question is here visa will be cancelled bt can I apply later on means within this visa period can I apply a new visa for her with with my baby plz do reply coz I need to call her in may 2016 ur response will be highly appreciated

      • Is it possible for a person to get signature and Thump Impression document in Pakistan. He have never been to Dubai.

        I gave my passport 1 & 2 page + white background photos and the person sent me a Xerox document in which i need to sign and put my left thumb imprint and then return it back.

        Is it possible if you can help me?
        Please I need some help.

  • Hi deepak,
    My uae visa expired 7-sep-2015 and visa cancelled in 1-oct- 2015.now i am staying in uae. I am arrived 25-oct from here. If anything problem in it.

  • Hey
    If my sponsor (dad) stays outside the country for too long and his visa gets canceled does it mean that my visa will automatically be cancelled too? Or will I have it till my visa expires.

    • Ghazal,
      I am not entirely sure about this. Technically, your visa would not be valid unless your sponsor’s visa is valid.
      But please check with immigration and let me know.

  • Dear Deepak,
    Thanks for your excellent info, you gave me some hope 🙂
    I’m company owner in Saif zone. My residency visa is valid until dec. 2016, and i my last exit from UAE was on April 18th. I am presently outside UAE.
    Which exact date i am supposed to enter again UAE to avoid my visa expiry? Oct 18 ?
    In case i am not able to fly before this date for any reason, can i still apply after for the discretionary procedure your describe here, to get a re-entry permit and avoiding re-applying for new entry permit and residency visa ?
    How many time i have to do it after visa expiry ? Is there any legal office you know can do it for my behalf ?

    • Jamal,
      You have 180 days/6 months…
      These rules have changed recently and they keep on changing.
      So you will need to check with immigration directly.

  • Hi Mr Deepak,

    My visa validity will be on January 15, 2016. I will go back my country Dec 5, 2015 and not coming back anymore. But my passport has no cancelled stamp. Would the immigration officer allow me to exit the country?

  • Hi Deepak,

    I am on 2 year limited visa and now because of some personnel reason i want to cancel and go back to my country for that i have given my resignation, they told me finish your pending work then they will release me. Now they are denying to cancel my visa.
    I want to ask if I go to MOL does it work out??


  • Dear Deepak,
    Nice to see your msgs which gave me some hope 🙂

    I was worked with APPAREL LLC (Jebel Ali freezone visa). My residency visa is valid until Nov. 2016, and i my last exit from UAE was on MAY 5th.

    I am presently outside UAE.
    Which exact date i am supposed to enter again UAE to avoid my visa expiry? NOV 05 ?

    In case i am not able to fly before this date for any reason, is there any future problems may occur to get a re-entry permit and avoiding re-applying for new entry permit and residency visa ?

    Kindly help me.


  • My UAE residence visa is valid till 2017. but i left uae 5 months back and went for studies in another country. aftr 1 month if i dunt make an entry in uae my visa will expire.
    is there anyway i can keep my visa without entering uae ?? as i will not be able to leave studies and go.
    but i do have plan of going to uae in May 2016.

    plz hlp.

  • Dear Deepak
    I am working with uae local family and now I come with them saudi arabia. My question is that if I stay with them in saudi arabia more then 6 month then I can entry uae without any problems plz answer me thank you

  • Hello deepak,
    Hope you are doing well, my father has a partner visa and his visa is valid till december 2016 , he is outside the uae for more than 6 month , he left the uae on 4th of june 2015, can i get re entry permit for him ?

  • Dear Depaak..

    I have a query. I come to uae frist time and complete one year in my current company. There have another company offer me for job he is good for me but my sponsor not give me release .he tell me go cancel. If I go cancel. And come after 10 day to uae it’s possible. Plz infrom me. Quickly

  • Hi deepak,

    I had a query related to my Visa Cancellation.

    i had a resident visa in dubai under my fathers sponsorship.On 19AUGUST 2015 I came to india for marriage.But unfortunately i could not return back to dubai and my visa got expired on 21october 2015 .My sponsor did’nt do cancellation yet now.

    i would like to know whether any ban exist for me?If yes how can i solve this issue?is there a chance for automatic cancellation?Can i take a visit visa for coming back to dxb.
    Please help me to solve this issue

  • Dear deepak,

    I had a query related to my Visa Cancellation.

    i had a resident visa in dubai under my fathers sponsorship.On 19AUGUST 2015 I came to india for marriage.But unfortunately i could not return back to dubai and my visa got expired on 21october 2015 .My sponsor did’nt do cancellation yet now.

    i would like to know whether any ban exist for me?If yes how can i solve this issue?is there a chance for automatic cancellation?Can i take a visit visa for coming back to dxb.

  • Hi Deepak,

    My wife left UAE on 15th September 2015 and planning to come back on 13th March 2016 which is exactly 180th day.

    So will it be allowed ? Please advise