7 Main reasons why UAE visa application could be rejected

Try to avoid these types of most common mistakes from being get rejected.

Lots of people are coming to UAE from all-around the globe every year as a tourist or to settle down in the country as an expatriate. Generally speaking the number of visa applications submitted to UAE immigration every year is great.

Submitting an application for a visit or work visa is a trouble-free method that will require a person fill up an application form through the registered typing centers or travel agents as well as give them the required documents - scanned color copies of your passport, invitation letter from a party in UAE (for tourist visa), return tickets (for tourist visa), among others. Be sure to discuss with your travel agency or company PRO for more information.

While it is an easy procedure, sometimes the visa application may be rejected.

Below are the most well-known reasons for the rejection:

  1. A residence visa was previously held by the applicant and left the country without cancelling the UAE visa. To get an approval, the PRO will need to visit the immigration department and cancel your previous residency visa.
  2. Hand written passports will be automatically get denied by the UAE Immigration.
  3. Visa applicants with previous criminal cases, fraud or misconduct committed in the UAE.
  4. Earlier submitted applications for tourist visa but did not enter the country. In order to get an approval, PRO of the travel agency or sponsor must go to the immigration department to clear the previous UAE visa.
  5. Job seekers who applied for employment visa via a company (prospective employer) but did not enter the country. To get an approval, the PRO of a travel agency or sponsor must go to the UAE immigration and clear the previous employment visa.
  6. Visa application with typo mistakes of name, passport number, and profession code will see a delay in obtaining the approval, or getting rejected.
  7. If the photo in the passport copies are not clear or blurred when applied in the online UAE immigration system, the approval may possibly get delayed or rejected.


Visa rules and laws are subject to changes. Check with UAE embassy in your country or the relevant authority in the UAE before making any applications or decisions. 

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