UAE: New free visas for these categories of different nationalities and renewal starting from that date
The Emirates Smart Government announced, through its electronic portal, that the government of the United Arab Emirates has introduced a multi-entry tourist visa system for all nationalities, providing all the necessary amenities for visitors and tourists and supporting the tourism sector in the country. Thus consolidating its position as one of the best tourist destinations in the world.
It was also announced that the visas will be unsecured and multiple-entry, valid for five years, and allow the holder to stay in the country each time for 90 days, renewable for the same period.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship indicated that the United Arab Emirates issues tourist visas for single or multiple entry, where the short-stay tourist visa allows to stay in the country for 30 days and the long-stay visa allows to stay in the country for 90 days. . A single entry tourist visa can be extended twice without the need to leave the country.
The Federal Office for Identity and Citizenship added that foreigners can apply for a tourist visa, some of which are issued for money, and those that are free and exempt from fees. Six months with a balance of (4000) dollars or its equivalent in foreign currency for the last six months, medical insurance, and a copy of the passport. color picture.
As for free and duty-free visas, they are as follows, when a tourist is allowed to obtain a free entry visa for his children under the age of 18, men and women, and the duty-free period is valid only during the summer vacation period from July 15 to September 15 of each public.
Regarding the renewal and extension of tourist and tourist visas and entry permits, she indicated that as of October 21, 2018, visitors and tourists can request to extend visitor and tourist visas and entry permits of all kinds (long or short) for a period of 30 days and only twice, regardless of the main validity period of the visa. The entry permit and tourist visa renewal fee is 600 dirhams per renewal, and the renewal application must be submitted before the previous visa expires.
The UAE announces amendments to the golden residency system
Today, Monday, the UAE announced amendments to the country’s golden residency system, with the aim of attracting skilled and qualified people.
The Cabinet, headed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the executive regulations of the Federal Decree Law Concerning the Entry and Residence of Foreigners, which aims to enhance the UAE’s position as an ideal destination to live, work and invest and support the process of sustainable economic growth by attracting and retaining talent And qualified competencies from all over the world.
The executive regulations provide adequate information on the types and conditions of entry and residence visas, and the general provisions for the entry and residence of foreigners in the country, and reflect the radical development witnessed by the newly developed system of entry and residence visas, with the aim of facilitating procedures, supporting the labor market, raising its competitiveness and flexibility, and enhancing a sense of stability and community security.
The golden residency, which is granted to several categories, including investors, entrepreneurs, brilliant talents, scientists, specialists, early students, graduates, and pioneers of humanitarian work and the first line of defense for a period of 10 years, witnessed a large number of modifications that came with the aim of facilitating requirements and expanding the categories of beneficiaries.
It also included new advantages for holders of golden residency, the most important of which is the abolition of the requirement not to be absent from the state to retain the golden residency, the abolition of the maximum number of support service workers that can be brought in, and benefits for family members that allow them to remain in the state for the duration of their stay in the event of the death of the breadwinner who obtained the golden residency.
Golden residence for scholars
It is granted to scientists and researchers with high achievements and influence in their field based on a recommendation or approval from the Emirates Scientists Council and under conditions, the most important of which is that he holds a master’s or doctorate in one of the disciplines of engineering, technology, life sciences and natural sciences from the best universities in the world according to the approved international classifications, and he has Accredited research achievements or those with achievements in building the research and development sector inside and outside the country.
Golden Residency for Professionals
This path has been expanded to attract skilled workers with educational qualifications and professional experience in all disciplines in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, science, education, law, culture and sociology.
This is provided that it meets a set of conditions that include obtaining a work permit in the country under a valid work contract, and that the person is of the skilled labor category / first or second professional level according to the professional classification approved by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and in line with the International Standard Classification of Professions ISCO issued by the International Labor Organization.
The minimum educational level must be a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and the monthly salary should not be less than thirty thousand UAE dirhams or its equivalent in foreign currencies.
Golden residence for talented genius
It is granted to outstanding exceptional talents in fields important to the state on the basis of talent only, and does not require a work contract in the state and does not require a minimum educational qualification, monthly salary or professional level.
Golden residency is granted to talents based on a recommendation or approval from federal or local government agencies, and it includes talents in the fields of culture, art, sports, digital technology, inventors, innovators and other areas of strategic importance.
The most important facilities in the golden residency for investors in the real estate sector came upon full ownership of a property with a value of not less than 2 million dirhams, where an advantage was created that enables the investor to obtain the golden residency when purchasing the property with a loan from a local (specified) bank.
Another feature has been introduced that enables the investor to obtain the golden residency when purchasing one or more properties off-plan with a value of no less than 2 million dirhams from approved local companies.
The executive regulations set flexible and comprehensive requirements for obtaining the golden residency in the category of entrepreneurs, which is that the person has ownership or partnership in a pilot project registered in the country in the category of small and medium enterprises and achieves annual revenues of not less than one million dirhams.
Also, obtaining approval for a pilot project idea from an approved business incubator, the Ministry of Economy or the competent local authorities is sufficient to obtain the golden residency.
The golden residency is also granted if the person is one of the founders of a previous pioneering project (projects) that was sold with a total value of not less than seven million dirhams, and the approval of the Ministry of Economy or the competent local authorities is required for projects or ideas.
This path was expanded to attract distinguished graduates / recent graduates / from the best universities in the country and the top 100 universities in the world to start their practical and professional careers in the country according to special requirements for the cumulative average, the year of graduation and the university classification.
The residency permit system has also witnessed qualitative updates, the most important of which is the introduction of green residency for a period of 5 years to attract investors, entrepreneurs, high-level skilled workers and self-employees, granting greater benefits to the recruitment of family members residing in the country, and flexible grace periods of up to 6 months after the expiry or cancellation of residency, including It enhances the feeling of security and stability for the resident, in addition to simplifying the requirements and requirements for obtaining residence permits of all kinds.
A new path for skilled workers that provides a 5-year renewable residence permit without a guarantor or an employer with simple requirements that include obtaining a work permit in the country under a valid work contract, and that the person is a skilled worker / first, second or third professional level according to the occupational classification Accredited by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
This category requires that the minimum educational level be a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and the monthly salary should not be less than 15,000 dirhams.. Through this path, residency has been separated from work to facilitate the procedures for moving the skilled worker and enhance the flexibility of the labor market.
In order to encourage flexible work patterns, a new path dedicated to self-employment has been developed that provides a 5-year renewable residence permit without a guarantor or an employer with simple requirements, namely obtaining a free work permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, provided that the minimum educational level is a bachelor’s degree or specialized diploma or what The equivalent, and the annual income from self-employment for the previous two years should not be less than / 360,000 / dirhams, or the applicant for this residence proves his financial solvency throughout his stay in the country.
As part of the unprecedented updates to enhance the investment environment in the country, a green residency was introduced for the investor or partner in a business activity without a guarantor for a period of 5 years, subject to renewal, to replace the investor’s previous residency of two years, with simpler requirements and greater benefits.
Thus, the investor’s green residency becomes the basic residency when opening a commercial activity or participating in it after fulfilling simple requirements that include approval of the investment and proving the value of the investment or partnership. The approval of the competent local authorities and the licensing of the applicant to practice the activity.
The new system provides a large package of benefits for family members, whereby a foreigner residing in the country may easily and easily bring in his family members, including the husband and sons.. The age of the sons has been raised to 25 years after it was only 18 years, in addition to unmarried daughters regardless of age, and the sons are granted People of determination have a residence permit with their families, regardless of age.
Additional benefits were also introduced for a foreigner who obtained a green residency permit to bring in his first-degree relatives, and in all cases the residency of family members shall be for the duration of the residence of the head of the family.
The new system of entry visas provides new and multiple purposes and options for those wishing to visit the country. It also offers for the first time visit visas without the requirement of a guarantor or host in the country with the aim of facilitating procedures and requirements. Visas are available for one or more trips, a renewable 60-day entry validity, and an easy application mechanism within a single platform.
This visa was created with the aim of facilitating the entry of skills and competencies to explore job opportunities available in the country and without a guarantor or host within the country. The best 500 universities in the world / according to the approved international classifications / provided that no more than two years have passed since the person graduated and the minimum educational level should be a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
This new visa aims to facilitate the entry of investors to explore investment opportunities, and it gives investors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the requirements for establishing a business within simple procedures and without a guarantor or host within the country.
This category is one of the most widely used visas. In addition to the regular tourist visa granted for the visit, and the guarantor/host is one of the establishments working in the field of tourism in the country, a multi-entry tourist visa for five years and without a guarantor has also been offered, enabling the beneficiary to stay in the country up to 90 days. continuous days, and it may be extended for a similar period, provided that the entire period of stay does not exceed 180 days in one year, except in exceptional cases.
This visa requires proof of a bank balance of $4,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency during the last six months prior to submission of the application.
Previously, this visa was available if the visitor was a relative of the foreigner and on the foreigner’s sponsorship, or if the visitor was a friend of a citizen. In the new system, it is sufficient for the visitor to be a relative or friend of a citizen or resident in the country to obtain this visa and without a guarantor or host inside the country.
This visa is intended to accomplish a temporary work assignment or to work on probation for a temporary period of time, so that the guarantor is the employer in the country, and only a temporary work contract or a letter from the employer is required and proof of health fitness for work.
Study, training or qualification
In this visa, the guarantor is one of the universities, institutes, educational or research institutions licensed in the country. The guarantor can also be a governmental or private entity for training and rehabilitation purposes for a temporary period of time.. The visa covers vocational training or work during the study period and only requires submitting a letter from the entity Including the study or training program and its duration.
The provisions of the Executive Regulations of the Federal Decree-Law regarding the entry and residence of foreigners shall come into force after 90/90 days from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.