What Happens to Your UAE Visa If You Stay Outside UAE for 6 Months or more than180 days?

Residents or Expatriates staying Outside UAE for 6 months or more than 180 days

If you have a valid UAE employment or residence visa and for some reason you have to stay outside the UAE continuously over six(6) monthsOpens in a new tab. the visa will become invalid or expired. An UAE residence permit holder who remains outside UAE for 6 months or 180 days or more more will not be able to re-enter on their existing residence permit . This is mentioned on the visa itself. However, a real reason, such as medical reasons or border closures that prevented them from re-entering the UAE in time, can be cited in writing to immigration authorities.


Applying for New Entry Permit or Visas after staying outside UAE for 6 months or more than 180 days

The general rule is that if expatriates who hold UAE residence visas live outside the UAE for 6 months or more than180 days, their residency visas will be automatically nullified. However, if you have a valid residence from UAE and stay outside UAE for 6 months or more than180 days continuously, a special entry permit is required to be able to return to UAE which prevent the invalidation of residence visa. Your sponsor can apply for new permit through:

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. This would also prevent the automatic cancellation of residence visa.

You can also apply for a new entry permit after staying outside UAE for 6 months or more than 180 days through the authorised typing centre.

Procedure for applying new entry permit through the Typing Centre staying outside UAE for 6 months or more than 180 days:

  • Visit the typing Centre and request for an Arabic letter address to Immigration stating the reason that resident has been away from UAE for 6 months or more for an entry permit
  • Submit the letter, passport copy, visa page copy, and flight details at least 15 days before arrival in the UAE along with the salary certificate or trade licence
  • Pay the necessary fees and receive the new entry permit

If you left the country without formally resigning, then your employer has the right to report you as absconding and request to cancel your visa without requesting your permission and without your passport . You may also face legal repercussions if you try to re-enter the UAE later.

Your employer may also cancel your residence/employment visa (after six months or more than180 days) by submitting a work permit cancellation and a report obtained from the GDRFA.

You can apply visit or tourist visa only after your employer cancels your visa officially after six months of your departure from UAE.


Categories allowed to stay outside UAE for 6 months or more at the same time maintain the validity of his residence visa

If people with a UAE residence visa live outside the UAE for more than six months, their residence visa will automatically be invalid. There are, however, some exceptions to the rule, which allow residence visa holders to stay outside the UAE for more than six months while maintaining the validity of the visa: They include:

  • Foreigner wife who is sponsored by her Emirati husband.
  • Employees for a government body who are sent abroad for treatment provided they have a valid medical report approved by the Ministry of Health and Prevention or other approved health authorities in UAE.
  • Servants accompanying UAE nationals delegated to study abroad.
  • Domestic workers accompanying members of diplomatic and consular missions who represent the UAE abroad, employees of these missions who have a residence visa in the UAE,
  • Public sector employees sent by their employer to attend training or specialised courses, employees at employers’ offices abroad and their families provided they have a valid residence visas in the UAE
  • Expatriate students studying in universities or institutes abroad.

Staying outside UAE for 6 months or more than 180 days UAE Golden Visa holder

As per the recent regulations, 10 year UAE Golden visa holder can stay outside the UAE for more than 6 months without any change to their residence permit status. You may contact the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs for further advice regarding the said matter.


FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions on Staying Outside UAE for 6 months or more than180 days:

Can I stay outside UAE more than 6 months?

According to a 2014 government decision, residents can remain outside the UAE for more than six months and their status will not be affected. People with residence permits under approved classifications, government employees sent abroad for medical reasons, and investors.

How long can Dubai resident stay outside UAE?

In the UAE, citizens are allowed to stay away for a maximum of 180 days.

Is UAE visa Cancelled automatically after 6 months?

Your residence visa will be cancelled if you are outside the UAE for more than six months. If your UAE visa is revoked while you are away, you must reapply for an entry permit to return.

Can foreign students remain outside the UAE for more than six months?

Foreign students studying abroad at a university or institute will be allowed to enter the UAE even after six months of overseas stay, as long as they hold a Dubai-issued residence permit and their port of entry is Dubai.

How do I apply for a new entry permit to enter the UAE again?

You can apply for entry permits or visas through the website of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), the eChannel for residency and citizenship. Or, you can apply to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) of the individual emirate or through the Typing Centre

How are the days calculated for staying outside?

UAE Authorities calculates six months as 180 days. This means that a resident with a valid visa should return to UAE before 180 days. They will not able to return to enter UAE after 180 days without a special permit.

Can Golden Visa holder stay outside UAE for more than 6 months?

10-year golden visa holders can stay outside the UAE for more than six months without any change to their residence permit status. There is no restriction on the maximum duration of stay outside the UAE in order to keep the Golden Residence valid.

Deena

Human Resource professional and writer.

16 thoughts on “What Happens to Your UAE Visa If You Stay Outside UAE for 6 Months or more than180 days?

  1. Hi. My daughter and wife having resident visa issued from Dubai. Due to my daughter (13 years old) schooling and examination and no holidays, they were not able to enter UAE within 180 days (just 2 weeks exceeded). Earlier there was an option to apply for return (reentry) permit in GDRFA, but now the option is not available. In this case, what is way to get entry to Dubai. Visa is not expired.

  2. Hello good evening!!
    I would like to ask if i can stay more than 6months outside UAE for my valid reason. Im getting deliver here in our country and waiting for my fully recovery… Do i stay more than 6 months here in our country??

    1. Hi if you stay outside UAE for more than 6 months there are chances of getting your visa cancelled automatically

  3. My UAE visa active Can I travel UAE after six months stay outside county

  4. I am a sole owner of a free zone company have stayed outside UAE for one year but my visa still valid till 2023
    Can I enter the UAE on this visa!?

  5. Hey, I’m applying for one year residence visa and I have a question, how the 180 days are calculated? like I’m going outside for 170 days then return to Dubai for a week then I go outside again for another 170 days, am I still have the residency? or they total the number of the days like 180 days in one year not continuously?
    Thanks

    1. Hi, as far as i know to keep the visa active you need to enter UAE at least in every 180 days.

  6. Dear sir
    I have 5 year visa. have apartments . I need to check my son study in abroad can’t enter dubai 6 months as has no holidays. heard that for golden viza holders no problem enter. Please help me with information.

    1. Hi, the detailed information is given in this article, however, I would suggest you to check with visa issuing authority on this.

    2. Hi, i think your son can enter UAE since you have a 5 year visa, however i would suggest you to check with the concerned authorities on this to avoid any issues.

  7. Dear sir
    I have 5 year visa have apartments . I need to check my aon study in abroad can’t enter dubai 6 months passed.I heard that for golden viza holders no problem enter. Please help me with information.

    1. Hi
      My sister holds partner visa in Dubai.. is it permissible for her to stay outside UAE more than 6 months?

      1. Hi, I would suggest you to check with the concerned authorities in immigration on this.

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