An entry permit is a document that allows foreigners to enter and stay in the UAE legally for the short period mentioned therein. A residence visa is issued to the foreigner when he/she is already inside the country having entered using the entry permit. Advocates in Dubai can make you understand more about the difference between both the terms regarding UAE immigration law.
The Difference Between Both Terms
Below is the main and clear difference between an entry permit and a residency visa.
· Entry Permit
An entry permit is a document issued by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). They are the ones to allow foreigners to enter and stay in the UAE legally for a certain period. The document may be in a physical or electronic form.
Before you apply for one, check if you need an entry permit or you might get it on arrival. Moreover, it is suggested to have legal assistance when you indulge in such a thing. This can save both your time and energy.
· Residence Visa
A residence visa is issued to the foreigner when he is already inside the country having entered using the entry permit. Only sponsors meeting GDRFA’s requirements can apply for the foreigner’s residence visa. A residence visa requires the person sponsored to undergo a medical test and prove that he/she is medically fit, and he must pass a security check.
Dubai lawyers can help you acquire that. The validity of stay on a residence visa varies according to its type and the sponsor. Hence, if you decide to get any of these, it is advised to seek legal assistance to get a better understanding of the procedure.
Dubai lawyers can help you with their expertise and vast knowledge of legal procedures.