A new advanced visa system announced by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to go into effect on Monday. Golden visas will be extended for 10 years, green residency will be extended for five years, and a new multiple-entry tourist visa will be introduced to allow visitors to stay for 90 days in the country. In addition to tourists, those who wish to work or live in the UAE might also be affected by the changes in immigration laws.
Key changes under the UAE’s new immigration laws
- Under the five-year green visa, foreigners won’t need the help of UAE nationals or their employers to sponsor themselves. Entrepreneurs, skilled workers, and investors are eligible for this visa.
- Families of green card holders can also be sponsored by green card holders.
- The permit of a green visa holder may be extended by up to six months in the event of an expiration.
- With the golden visa, investors, entrepreneurs, and individuals with exceptional talents will be able to live in the country for 10 years in expanded residency.
- Sponsorship of family members and children is possible for holders of golden visas.
- It is also possible for family members of a golden visa holder to stay in the UAE after the death of the visa holder so long as the visa remains valid.
- Additionally, golden visa holders will be able to own their businesses 100 per cent.
- In the UAE, tourists will now be allowed to stay for 60 days on their tourist visas.
- Up to 90 consecutive days can be spent in the UAE with a five-year multi-entry tourist visa.
- Using the job exploration visa, professionals will be able to find employment in the UAE without the need for a sponsor or host.