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 UAE Visa Information

Processing Time:
3-4 working days*


* Processing time may take more than stated time because of the following reasons.

Immigration may require further supporting documents.

Immigration may take the case into security check which may cause 2 to 3 weeks delay.

Due to heavy load of applications on the eve of New Year, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul Adha.


Precautions before taking application

Avoid taking applications from walk-in clients unless the client give cash guarantee of Rs.200, 000.

Make sure that your agent is well aware of terms & conditions set by Sonya Travels.

Make sure that the sub-agent whom you are dealing is not involved in human trafficking.

Be careful if agent brings a group of visa applicants - the agent might have committed them for job in UAE, so please double check if this is the case.

As visa is never guaranteed therefore avoid booking hotels & non-refundable air tickets.

Age criteria for male applicant is 21+ and for female is 30 + (25 + if personally known to staff).

Above 70 applicants, please ask CVPU before applying.

30 days visa means that applicant is a job seeker (in most cases) which means more risk, always inform client/ travel agent that extension is possible but not guaranteed, application for extension should be made about 5 days before expiry date - however it is entirely up to the vendor, he takes the application or refuse to extend.


Important Steps to Apply for Visa:

Clear Scanned Passport Copy (under 40KB size) of first page for each Applicant (valid for at least 6 months)

Scanned Colored Passport Size or 2x2 Photo (under 40KB size) (light blue background is preferred) for each Applicant

After we received your payment and visa requirements, our visa department will get in touch with you by email.


Travel Advisory:
(For a smooth entry in the UAE)

Make sure that you are holding a confirmed return air ticket.

Make sure that you have a confirmed hotel booking in any hotel in Dubai / UAE.

It is highly recommended that you carry approximately US$ 1,000 or more with you just in case the UAE immigration officials demand "show money" as a sproof that you can support your stay while you are here in the UAE, having credit cards is an added advantage.

Important Note:


The cause of visa rejection is only system generated without giving any specific reason.

Transit visa 14 days is non-extendable; Tourist visa 30 days is extendable.

All Visa application is for single entry only.

We recommend applying for your Visa at least 6-8 days prior to your travel date.

Immigration Working Days: from Sunday to Thursday only.

Visa Guarantee Fee will be advised to you if required or not after evaluating your application.

For Female below 24 years old travelling alone or with a non-related person, please send the following details (Name, Age, Nationality, Country Residing and Telephone Number) to CVPU for evaluation.

Visa Approval is at sole discretion of the Immigration Officials and not Sonya Travels. We can’t guarantee that all applications will be approved. Once your Visa Application is submitted to Immigration Department, the Visa Application Fee is non-refundable whether it is approved or rejected or in the event that your visa is approved but you are unable to travel to UAE.

Once Visa is approved, we will be sending you a copy via e-mail since the visa is applied online. You need to print the visa copy and upon arrival at the airport you may proceed to the passport control section, no need for original copy.

After leaving the country, it is in best of in your interest to keep your travel history in good books of UAE immigration, please inform our concerned staff with copies of exit stamp that you have left the country so that we can double check in the system.

If you are going to leave UAE by other means other than air plane, please inform us about the exact mean of your disembarkation.


Common reasons why is UAE Visa rejected


For female below 25 with no accompany of parents or relatives will receive rejection or delay of approval of the visa application.

Applying for visa in UAE with unskilled profession stated in the passport such as laborer, farmer or service will be rejected automatically.

Hand written passport copies by nationalities such as Bangladesh and Pakistan will automatically get rejected by the UAE Immigration.

Applicants with previous criminal offense, fraud or miss conduct committed in the UAE will be rejected automatically.

Previously applied tourist visa by the applicant who did not enter the country, in order to get an approval, PRO of the applied travel agency or sponsor must go to the immigration to clear the previous UAE Visa. For tourist visa it will expire after 60 days.

Applicants applied with employment visa by the company but did not enter the country. To get an approval, the PRO of the said company or sponsor must go to the UAE Immigration and clear the previous employment Visa.

Previously holding a residence visa and left the country without cancelling the UAE Visa. To get an approval the PRO will go to the immigration and clear your previous residence visa.

Applicants with the same name, birth date and etc. will be delayed in getting approval or will be rejected.

Visa application with typo errors of name, passport number and profession code will be delayed in getting approval or rejected.

When photo of the passport copies are blurred when applied in the online UAE Immigration usually gets delayed of approval or will be rejected.


The most common types of UAE visas:


Validity before arrival

Length of stay


Repeated entrance

Tourist visa

60 days

30 days

for more 30 days

after 30 days*

Service visa

14 days

16 days



Transit visa**

30 days

 8 - 96 hours



* If you stay longer than 16 days during your previous stay in UAE, otherwise you can apply another tourist visa immediately


OTB Procedure

For okay to board the travel agents may be self-sufficient in this regard after taking advice from our visa expert who will educate the concerned staff at the respective travel agency and after following the procedure the agent may save time for OTB. Please note that OTB is clearance from the relevant airline which is a necessary practice in some countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh etc.


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