New rule for UAE visa system


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    • Recently, UAE’s visa rules were changed that will now allow visitors to legally enter and stay in the UAE for 60 days, an increase from the previous 30 days. 
      • Also, the job exploration visa, which seeks to easily allow talented professionals find employment in the UAE, will not require a sponsor or host.


    • The new visa rules — aimed at reforming the country’s immigration and residency policies — include changes such as longer visas for tourists, extended residency for professionals under the Green Visa and an expanded 10-year Golden Visa scheme.
    • A five-year, flexible multi-entry tourist visa was also introduced that allows them to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days in a row.
    • Holders will also receive an extended flexible grace period of up to six months if their residence permit is cancelled or has expired.

    Green Visa

    • Announced in September 2021, the Green Visa is a type of renewable-residence visa that allows foreigners to sponsor themselves for five years, without having to rely on a UAE national or employer to sponsor their visa. 
    • Freelancers or self-employed people, skilled workers and investors or partners are eligible for the visa.
    • Green visa holders are also given more benefits, such as the ability to sponsor family members, including a spouse, children and first-degree relative for the duration of their residency. 

    Golden visa 

    • It offers holders long-term renewable residence visas for upto 10 years
    • Those that are eligible for the Golden visa include investors, entrepreneurs, individuals with exceptional talents the likes of researchers, medical professionals and those within the scientific and knowledge fields and outstanding students and graduates.
      • With the recent changes, Golden Visa will now remain valid irrespective of the time they spend outside the UAE.