Entry to the UAE should be fine even with residency visa affixed on cancelled passport

The expiry dates of visas and passports rarely match and are issued for different periods.

I have an employment and residency visa for the UAE which is in my old passport. That passport has now expired, and I now have a new passport with a different number. However, my old cancelled passport still has my visa in it. Am I allowed to come in and out of the UAE carrying both passports, or do I need to apply for my visa again with the new passport number? Will I have a problem at immigration if the visa and passport are not the same? I will be going on annual leave soon so am worried this will be a problem. SK, Sharjah

It is not usual practice to apply for a new visa in this scenario as it is not required. The expiry dates of visas and passports rarely match and are issued for different periods. People should apply for a new passport in the usual way and ask that both the new and old documents be returned. Upon receipt, the best thing is to simply join the two passports together with an elastic band. In fact, many are returned from embassies in this way. You should not be asked any questions when entering or leaving the country and should not incur any additional costs. Just keep them together, and if you are required to provide a copy of either the passport or visa as proof of identity or for any official purpose in the UAE, make sure you provide copies of the information pages from both passports, as your residency visa will show the old passport number. When you come to get your visa renewed, you simply remove the old passport.

You recently answered a query about obtaining a UAE residency visa if you buy a property. In my case, I live in Pakistan and am considering buying a property in Dubai worth Dh2 million. I have an online business and while the income is well above Dh10,000, it is paid into my wife’s bank account. My question is, can I apply for a property ownership visa after buying property in Dubai in my name if the income is in my wife’s account? AT, Pakistan

The person who is applying for the visa must demonstrate that they have a monthly income of Dh10,000 or more so it must be paid to them, or in their name. The income of a spouse will not be accepted, so AT would not be able to apply for a residency visa unless he personally meets the stated criteria.

Keren Bobker is an independent financial adviser with Holborn Assets in Dubai, with over 20 years of experience. Contact her at keren@holbornassets.com. Follow her on Twitter at @FinancialUAE.

The advice provided in our columns does not constitute legal advice and is provided for information only. Readers are encouraged to seek appropriate independent legal advice.

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Published: January 17, 2015 04:00 AM

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