Who Can Get A 5-Year Green Visa In The UAE
Landmark new visas were announced this week, but what does it all meaaaan?!
The UAE Government Media Office shared new rulings this week, covering a whole host of visa types. The colour-coded categories of visas fall under visit/entry visa (blue), residence permits (green), and golden visas (gold!), and most notably include longer tourist visa options and more benefits for Golden Visa holders.
This post takes a look at the latest details on the Green Visa options and while Standard employment residence remains at two years, skilled employees and freelancers can now get 5-year visas. Scroll for deets:
The changes are expected to come into effect in September, and the prices for the new visas have not been announced.
The 5-year green visa for skilled workers and freelancers
Freelances and the self-employed can obtain five-year residence visas, with no sponsor required.
*Applicants need an AED15,000 salary, along with a degree in specific skilled fields.
The 5-year green visa for investors
- There’s a green residency visa for investors and partners
- It’s a five-year visa, no sponsor is required
- Investors need to show proof of investment. Approval by competent local authorities is mandatory
The 2-year green visa for students
- Education residence for students enrolled in education systems
- It’s a two-year residency visa, a sponsor by a licenced educational institution is required
Alternative green visa opportunities that do not require sponsorship
- Remote work visa – 1 year
- Retirement visa – 5 years
- Real estate owner’s residence visa – 2 years
The family member visa updates
- The resident can now sponsor his or her family, including spouse and children until the age of 25, and unmarried daughters at any age
- Children of determination are granted residency, regardless of age
- The Visa holder can sponsor first degree relatives
- The duration of a family member’s residence shall be the same as their sponsor’s residence duration
In humanitarian cases, the following people are permitted residency permits
- A female resident if her husband passed away and she has a child or more
- The parents or children of UAE citizens who hold a foreign passport
- Spouse and children of GCC citizens who hold a foreign passport
For more information – visit the Government portal here
For more info – see UAE Gov’s Twitter feed here