Oct 10 (NewsWire) – The United Arab Emirates has rolled out new visa rules, with the objective of attracting more skilled professionals to the country.
The schemes that were rolled out on Monday are considered the biggest shake-up in the country’s immigration and residency policy in years.
According to Gulf News, the measure has been taken as the UAE seeks to bounce back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and generate economic growth.
Following are a few features included in the new visa rules:
1. Longer 60-day tourist visas allowing long-term residency for professional workers and easier access to the UAE’s 10-year Golden Visa scheme.
2. The UAE’s 10-year Golden Visa scheme which is offered to gifted students, exceptionally skilled foreign workers, and people with public investments of at least 10 million dirhams who can live in the country without the need for a national sponsor, is subject to renewal every 10 years.
3. Recipients, who can either apply online or be nominated by Emirati government bodies, can own 100 percent of their businesses located on the mainland.
4. Parents are now allowed to sponsor their children until they are 25 years old, up from the previous age of 18.
5. A five-year, flexible multi-entry tourist visa that allows travellers to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days in a row.
6. The job exploration visa, which allows professionals to find employment within the country, does not require an Emirati sponsor or host.
7. Candidates for the Green Visa, which include freelancers, self-employed people, skilled workers, and investors – can now sponsor themselves without having to rely on a UAE national or employer to do so.
8. Candidates for the Green Visa can also sponsor first-degree relatives for the duration of their residency and are allowed a grace period of up to six months if their residence permit is cancelled or expires.