New updates on Visa as per the UAE Law
Posted by Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants on November 14th, 2022
The Government of the United Arab Emirates has recently issued new visa reforms, which have been introduced to attract skilled professionals, entrepreneurs, and high-net worth individuals who will make UAE their home.
A new category, called “Green Visa” has been introduced, which has some interesting features and benefits. We will discuss the Green Visa reforms in this article.
What is a Green Visa?
According to the UAE’s Government website, the UAE Green Visa is a type of residence visa that allows its holder to sponsor himself/ herself for 5 years, eliminating the need of a UAE national or employer to sponsor his/her visa.
What are the Benefits of a Green Visa?
The Green Visa provides many benefits. These include the following:
The residency of family members will be the same as that of the original residence visa holder.
Who can apply for a Green Visa?
The UAE has prescribed certain categories of individuals who can apply for a Green Visa. These include freelancers or self-employed individuals, skilled employees and investors or partners. Each of the categories would need to fulfill certain conditions in order to be applicable for a Green Visa. These conditions are set out below.
Freelancers and/or self-employed people who wish to apply for a Green visa need to submit:
To apply for a Green visa, skilled employees must:
Level 1: Legislators, managers, and business executives
Level 2: Professionals in scientific, technical and human fields
Level 3: Technicians in scientific, technical and humanitarian fields
The Green visa for investors is given to investors establishing or participating in commercial activities. It replaces the previous residence visa that was valid for 2 years only.
The conditions that are applicable to investors or partners are as follows:
The introduction of Green Visa is a welcome step to attract more talent into the UAE and is bound to be a success.
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