Renewing Your UAE Residence Visa: Step-By-Step Process Explained

by Ishita Agarwal
Renewing Your UAE Residence Visa: Step-By-Step Process Explained

Whether you have a resident visa that is good for one year, two years, three years, or longer, it’s important to understand how to renew it. But you dont know how to renew it. Then. dont worry! We have explained the step-by-step process of how you can renew your UAE residence visa. So, without any further delay, let’s find out! 

When Should I Get My UAE Residence Visa Renewed?

You may only renew an expired UAE residence visa within 30 days of the expiration date. However, you must first get special authorisation and approval from the appropriate General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner’s Affairs (GDRFA) in the emirate that granted your visa if you need to renew it sooner (one to six months) for travel-related reasons. The official UAE government website,, states this.

UAE Residence Visa

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Step 1: Fill Out The Emirates ID Form

You must obtain your Emirates ID application typed as your initial duty. You may either do this online at, the website of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP), or you can go to any authorised typing centre in the UAE and have a public relations officer (PRO) or representative finish the procedure on your behalf. If you choose the second option, you will incur extra service fees for the typing centre.

Step 2: Take The Fitness Test For health

After applying for an Emirates ID, you must pass a medical fitness examination. For all UAE citizens under 18, you must complete a medical fitness exam before you may renew your visas. In order to assure that UAE citizens are free of any communicable illnesses, including HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and TB, according to, a medical fitness test is carried out (Tuberculosis).

You must visit a government-run medical fitness centre to take the medical exam.

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Step 3: Obtain A New Residence Permit

The Emirates ID cards have taken the role of resident visa stickers as the main form of verification of residency in the UAE, according to a May 16 statement by ICP. 

You may continue to apply for your resident visa renewal after you have received your medical fitness certificate through courier.

The permit may be renewed online or at a recognised typing facility. The registered courier service will pick up your passport from your supplied address if you complete the procedure online. If the procedure is finished at the immigration centre, you may turn in your passport at the centre’s kiosk for the courier service. 

UAE Residence Visa

Step 4: Collect A Copy Of Your Passport And Updated Emirates ID

Once your visa application has been granted, you will get your passport along with the visa sticker if your visa was issued in Dubai. You will get this via the authorised courier service. You will also send your Emirates ID to an Emirates Post Office location, where you must pick it up.

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Costs Of Renewing Your UAE Residence Visa 

While renewing your UAE residence visa, you will also incur some expenses. Here is the list of that costs: 

  • Emirates ID application Costs: Dh195 – for one year, Dh295 – for two years, Dh395 – for three years
  • A medical fitness exam typically costs Dh250.
  • Application Fees: Dh50
  • Issuance fees: Dh100
  • ICP service fees: Dh50

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