These are the online channels for applying for entry permits:
- the eChannels portal
- the website of Ministry of Interior
- the website of GDRFA
- the mobile apps.
The eChannels portal
Through the eChannels portal, individuals and companies registered in the UAE can apply for a new visa or visa renewal. In order to apply, individuals and companies must first register themselves. Note that eVisa can be used at entry port in the UAE without the need to put the original visa in the entry port before the arrival of the sponsored.
The website of Ministry of Interior
Visa can be applied through the website of Ministry of Interior - eServices section. Ministry of Interior provides a service card for each online service which outlines terms and conditions, required documents, payment method and the time needed to process the visa application. Upon approval, visa will be sent to the sponsor’s registered email after the end of the proceedings by the competent authorities. To apply for a service, first please register through the MOI website or the SmartPass.
The website of GDRFA
You can apply online for visa through the websites of the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in each emirate. The links to GDRFA are listed below:
GDRFA of Dubai provides one more website Amer.ae, through which Dubai nationals and residents can apply for entry permit and residence visa for their families. Visitors can apply for extension to visas on arrival.
You may apply for UAE entry permit and residence visa through:
Offline visa application can be done through licensed typing centres where visa application is typed and processed through the GDRFA of the respective emirate. Upon approval, the sponsor will receive a message about the approval and the original entry permit.
Dubai Government stipulates that all entry permit and visa transactions must be carried out through its Amer centres. Locate Amer centres in Dubai.
Ministry of Interior provides service centres in all the emirates.