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UK Visas For Emiratis

If you’re a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, you may need a visa to travel to the UK.

For more information on the type of UK visa you may require as an Emirati citizen, contact Total Law at 0333 305 9375 or use our online chat.

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    UK Visa for UAE Citizens

    Citizens of UAE may get an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) instead of applying for a regular visa when travelling to the UK. The ETA system replaced the UK Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) in February 2024. The ETA can be applied online through the UK ETA app or the ETA UK website.

    The ETA allows for visa-free access to the UK for Emirates if they travel to the UK for up to six months for tourism, visiting family members and friends, business, or short-term study. ETA applicants may also come to the UK without a visa if they will be visiting the UK for up to three months on the Creative Worker visa concession, coming to the UK for up to 1 month for Permitted Paid Engagement, or transitioning through the UK.

    If you’re a UAE national and planning to visit the UK for reasons, you must apply for a UK visa. You also do not need an ETA if you already have a visa and permission to live, work, or study in the UK.

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    When Do UAE Citizens Need a UK Visa?

    Before applying for a UK visa, applicants must determine whether they need one. Depending on the length of their stay, applicants may not require a visa at all. Citizens of the UAE need to apply for a UK visa only if they are planning to stay in the UK for longer than six months.

    Depending on your trip’s purpose, different types of UK visas are available. You may apply for a Work Visa, Student Visa, Family Visa, Tourist Visa, Business Visa, or Transit Visa.

    Getting a UK Visa from Dubai

    To obtain a UK Visa, applicants must fulfil the eligibility requirements for the visa they’re applying for and submit documents to support their application. The application for a UK Visa is completed online. However, UAE passport holders must then book an appointment at a visa application centre to complete their application.

    UK Visa Requirements for UAE Residents Applying from Dubai

    UAE residents must gather supporting documents to demonstrate that the eligibility requirements are met. The majority of UK Visas require the following evidence:

    • Passport valid for the duration of the stay in the UK with at least two blank pages for the visa stamp.
    • Proof of accommodation, such as hotel reservations or rental agreements
    • Demonstrate financial funds via bank statements or an employee letter
    • Proof of travel history, including previous passports
    • Proof of employment or education
      • A letter from your employer with details such as your role, salary and the duration of your employment
      • Business registration documents or recent invoices if you are self-employed
      • A letter from your educational institution confirming your studentship and leave of absence
    • If you have a sponsor in the UK, you must submit a letter of invitation from the host, proof of relationship between you and the sponsor, and evidence of the legal residence of your sponsor

    Additionally, minors under the age of 18 must submit the following documents:

    • Birth or adoption certificate
    • If travelling without parents, a copy of the parents’ or guardians’ passports or another identity document with their signature
    • Signed letter from the parent (if travelling without parents)

    If you’re planning to immigrate to the UK and are still determining what documents you should provide for your UK visa application, call Total Law on 0333 305 9375 to receive advice.

    UK Visa Application Process for UAE Nationals Applying from Dubai

    The online application form is the key step to obtaining a UK Visa as an Emirati passport holder. You must fill out all the required fields and submit the necessary supporting documents when applying.

    Once you submit your online UK Visa application, you must schedule an appointment at the Visa Application Centre in Dubai. e.

    When attending your visa appointment, you must verify your identity and biometric information by having a photograph and fingerprints taken. You must bring the following documents:

    • Appointment confirmation letter
    • Your travel and identity documents and any supporting documents you’ve used for your visa application
    • Evidence of permission to reside in the UAE if you’re not a UAE national
    • Evidence of your sponsor’s legal residence in the UK if you are applying for a UK Visa as a dependant

    UK Visa Processing Fees and Times

    The processing fees and times for the UK Visa depend on the type of visa you’re applying for and whether you are applying from outside the UK. Some example costs of UK visas are:

    • Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) – £10
    • Standard Visitor Visa for up to 6 months – £115
    • Health and Care Worker Visa – £247
    • Scale-up Visa- £715

    Usually, UK Visas are processed within three weeks after being received by the UK Visas and Immigration. However, this timeframe may be extended if your application is missing documents and the Home Office requires further information.

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      How Can Total Law Help?

      Travelling to the UK from the UAE with an ETA can be straightforward.  However, if you’re looking to come to the UK for a long-term stay, you need a visa that will suit the purpose of your travel. Applying for a visa can be complicated, preventing you from visiting the UK.

      Total Law immigration advisers have the understanding and expertise to make the UK Visa application process hassle-free for anyone looking to come to the UK. Our team of experienced lawyers can help you determine which visa you need and guide you through the process to ensure the highest chance of visa approval.

      To learn more about how we can help your case, call 0333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Saudi nationals only need to apply for a UK Visa if they plan to stay in the UK for longer than six months. If they visit for up to 6 months, they can apply for an ETA.

                The fee for the UK ETA is paid when applying for ETA online via the ETA app or through the UK Government website.

                UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) is responsible for making decisions and issuing UK Visas in the UAE.