Effective immediately, Egyptian nationals applying for a new employment residence permit
sponsored by a company in the Dubai Creative Clusters Free Zone (DCCA) must process
their immigration application through a designated UAE visa service centre in Cairo in order
to obtain an entry visa. Applications for Egyptian nationals who are in the UAE (e.g.: on a visit visa) are currently not impacted by this change.


Egyptian nationals applying for new employment residence permits sponsored by companies in the Dubai International Financial Centre Free Zone (DIFC) and the Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) have been subject to this new requirement as of November 2017.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Egyptian nationals should ensure that they have additional blank pages in their passport for endorsement of the entry visa, residence visa and entry stamps. Those residing in a third country (including another GCC member state) will be required to travel to Egypt to complete their medical examination and apply for the entry visa. Employers should prepare for longer processing times and additional costs related to the visa processing.