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Chapter Forty-Four: UAE announces new visa rules for long-term residency permit: all you need to know

These rules aim at retaining and attracting global talent, increasing the competitiveness and flexibility of the job market and fostering a sense of stability among residents of the nation.

The United Arab Emirates has approved new executive regulations related to Federal Decree-Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners. The updated entry and residence rules announced by the Emirati Cabinet offers 10 types of entry visas with simplified requirements.

These rules aim at retaining and attracting global talent, increasing the competitiveness and flexibility of the job market and fostering a sense of stability among residents of the nation.

According to the government, the new rules will offer 10 types of entry visa with more benefits as well as easier to meet requirements. The new visas do not require any host or sponsor.

Here are the different types of visas that the UAE is offering now:

Golden Residence

This long-term 10-year residence visa goes to exceptional talents, investors, outstanding students and graduates, entrepreneurs, humanitarian pioneers, scientists and professionals and frontline heroes. Amendments in the scheme allow Golden Residence visa holders to sponsor their family members, regardless of age. They can also sponsor support services (domestic) laborers without any limit on the number. There are no restrictions related to maximum duration of stay outside the UAE in order to keep the visa valid.

Golden Residence for Exceptional Talents

This is for top talents in important fields such as sports, art, digital technology, culture and so on, regardless of educational qualifications, professional level or monthly salary. This residence requires a recommendation from a local or federal government entity.

Golden Residence for Scientists

The residence goes to scientists and researchers who have a doctorate or master’s degree in life sciences, natural sciences, engineering, technology and so from the world’s best universities. The candidates should also have substantial research achievements. The visa is given on the recommendation of the Emirates Scientists Council.

Golden Residence for Professionals

This category of residence visa has undergone a massive change. Applicants have to be in the first or second occupational levels and have a valid employment contract in the Emirates to be eligible. The minimum educational qualification for applying for the visa should be a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, while the monthly salary should be over AED thirty thousand.

Golden Residence for Real Estate Investors

Real estate investors can get Golden Residence if they buy a property that is worth at least AED two Million. As per the new amendments introduced in the scheme, investors can also obtain the Golden Residence if they buy a property with a loan taken from specific local banks.

Golden Residence for Entrepreneurs

Applicants approved for a startup idea from the Ministry of Economy, competent local authorities or an official business are eligible for this type of Golden Residence. Entrepreneurs should be a partner or owner in a startup registered in the UAE in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) category, and the company should generate annual revenues of at least AED One million.

Golden Visa for Outstanding Students and Graduates

The visa goes to high-performing students in UAE secondary schools, as well as outstanding graduates from universities in the country or best 100 universities worldwide. This includes specific criteria based on academic performance, university classification, Year of graduation and so on.

New Residence Types with Unparalleled Benefits

There is now a new 5-year residence track, as well as benefits for family members and longer flexible grace periods.

Green Residence for Skilled Employee

Employees without a sponsor or employer can get a 5-year residency if they have a valid employment contract. Eligible candidates should be classified in the third, second or first occupational level, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization.

Green Residence for Freelancing and Self-Employment

The amendments allow a freelancer or self-employed individual to obtain a 5-year residency track despite no sponsor or employer, if they have a freelance or self-employment permit.

The country has also announced new rules for Green Residence for Investor or Partner, as well changes in visa entry rules.



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