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Updated 21 April 2022

The UAE continues its stride in becoming the ideal destination for work, investment, entrepreneurship, education, and life by introducing a restructuring of its entry and residence system. The authorities have now announced new types of entry visas, and residence permits, and have expanded the Golden Visa categories.

New UAE visa rules 2022

Aimed at strengthening UAE’s position as an ideal destination to live, work, and invest in, the UAE cabinet has approved the executive regulations of the Federal Decree-Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners.

The UAE has now introduced around ten types of new entry visas, and residence permits, and has expanded the Golden Visa categories, coming into effect in September 2022.

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The new system of entry and residence has been introduced to attract and retain global talents and skilled workers from all over the world, boost the competitiveness and flexibility of the job market and foster a high sense of stability among UAE residents and families.

Golden residence rules 2022

The UAE has now expanded the Golden Visa categories and added substantial amendments to the Golden Residence Scheme to simplify the eligibility criteria and expand the categories of beneficiaries.

The long term 10-years Golden residence will be granted to investors, entrepreneurs, exceptional talents, scientists and professionals, outstanding students and graduates, humanitarian pioneers and the first line heroes.

The new rules will allow the Golden Residence holders to sponsor their family members including spouses and children regardless of their age. Furthermore, they can also sponsor support services (domestic) labourers without having a limit on their number.

Moreover, there is no restriction related to the maximum duration of stay outside the UAE in order to keep the Golden Residence valid. There are other benefits for family members that allow them to stay in the UAE in the event of the death of the original holder of the Golden Residence until the end of their permit duration.

Golden residence for scientists

The Golden Residence for scientists is a type of residence granted to scientists and researchers with high achievements and influence in their field based on recommendations from the Emirates Scientists Council.

The requirements for this residence include:

  • the candidate should have a Ph. D. or master’s degree in the disciplines of engineering, technology, life sciences and natural sciences from the best universities in the world.
  • the candidate should have substantial research achievements.

Golden residence for professionals

To attract highly skilled workers with educational qualifications and professional experience in all disciplines including medicine, sciences and engineering, information technology, business and administration, education, law, culture and social sciences, major expansions have been introduced in the Golden residence for professionals category.

To be eligible for this category of residence, applicants should:

  • have a valid employment contract in the UAE, and
  • be classified in the first or second occupational level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization classification which is aligned with the International Standard of Classification of Occupations ISCO by the International Labor Organization.
  • have a minimum educational level of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • the monthly salary should not be less than (30) thirty thousand dirhams (USD 8,167.93).

Golden residence for exceptional talents

The Golden residence for exceptional talents is primarily granted to top talents in vital fields and is awarded solely based on talent, regardless of the educational qualification or employment status or the monthly salary or professional level.

The only requirement for this type of residence includes:

  • the recommendation or approval of a federal or local government entity and includes talented individuals in culture, art, sports, digital technology, inventors and innovators and other vital fields.

Golden residence for real estate investors

The Golden Residence for Real Estate Investors can be obtained by Real estate investors when purchasing a property worth no less than AED2 million (USD 5,44,528.80).

However, under the new amendments, investors are also entitled to obtain the Golden Residence when purchasing a property with a loan from specific local banks. Furthermore, the residence can also be obtained when investors buy one or more off-plan properties of no less than AED2 million (USD 5,44,528.80) from approved local real estate companies.

Golden residence for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are eligible to obtain the Golden Residence for Entrepreneurs, if :

  • they own or be a partner in a startup registered in the country in the category of small and medium enterprises SME, and
  • generate annual revenues of not less than AED1 million (USD 2,72,264.40).

Apart from this, obtaining approval for a startup idea from an official business incubator or from the Ministry of Economy or the competent local authorities is sufficient to obtain the Golden Residence for Entrepreneurs. Furthermore, the Golden Residence for Entrepreneurs can also be obtained, if:

  • the person is a founder or one of the founders of a previous entrepreneurial project that was sold with a total value of not less than AED7 million (USD 19,05,850.80).
  • the approval of the Ministry of Economy or the competent local authorities is required for projects or ideas.

Golden visa for outstanding students and graduates

The Golden Visa for Outstanding Students and Graduates can be obtained by high performing students in UAE secondary schools, and outstanding graduates from UAE universities and the best 100 universities worldwide according to specific criteria that include their academic performance (cumulative average), the year of graduation, and the university classification.

Green residence 2022

Some major improvements for the UAE Green Visa include new 5-years residence tracks, introduced mainly to attract talents, skilled professionals, freelancers, investors and entrepreneurs. In addition to facilitating and simplifying the requirements of all residence types, more benefits are being offered including, longer flexible grace periods that reach up to 6 months to stay in the country after the residence permit is cancelled or expired to facilitate family members’ residence.

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Green residence for skilled employees

The new amendments of the Green residence for skilled employees provide a 5 years residency period for skilled employees, without a sponsor or employer.

The only requirements here include:

  • applicants should have a valid employment contract
  • should be classified in the first, second or third occupational level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
  • the minimum educational level must be a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • applicant’s salary should not be less than fifteen (15) thousand dirhams (USD 4,083.74).

Green residence for freelancing and self-employment

With the freelancing industry and the concept of flexible work models having considerable growth worldwide, the new Green residence for freelancing and self-employment provides a 5 years residency for freelancers and self-employed individuals without requiring a sponsor or employer in the UAE.

The only requirements include:

  • obtaining a freelance/ self-employment permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation
  • a minimum educational qualification with a bachelor’s degree or specialized diploma.
  • an annual income from self-employment for the previous two years of AED360,000 (USD 9,800.99), or
  • the applicant should be able to prove their financial solvency throughout their stay in the country.

Green residence for investor or partner

The Green residence for investors or partners has been introduced to encourage investment. It provides 5 years of residency for investors establishing or participating in commercial activities. Furthermore, it also replaces the previous residency that was valid for 2 years.

The requirements include:

  • approval of the investment and proof of investment.
  • in case, the investor (partner) has more than one license, the total invested capital will be calculated.
  • approval of the competent local authorities is mandatory.

New benefits for family members

The new system provides more benefits to family members. A resident can now easily bring their family members, including their spouse and children to the UAE.

Additionally, the age of children has now been raised to 25 years, (previously 18 years), and there is no age limit for unmarried daughters. Children of determination are granted a residence permit, regardless of their age.

The Green Residence holder is allowed to bring his first-degree relatives, and in all cases, the residency of family members shall be the same duration as the original residence holder.

Entry visa rules 2022

For the first time, the UAE has introduced around ten types of entry visas that do not require a host or sponsor, for visitors to the UAE for different visit purposes.

Some major improvements for the entry visas include facilitating the entry requirements for all visa types and offering flexible visa durations that not only meet the needs of the visitors but also their purpose of the visit. Additionally, all entry visas will now be available for single or multiple entries and will be valid for 60 days from their date of issuance. They can also be renewed for similar periods.

Job exploration entry visa

The Job Exploration Visa is mainly introduced as a means to attract young talents and skilled professionals to explore job opportunities available in the country. The visa does not require a sponsor or a host and will be granted if the applicant meets the following requirements:

  • is classified in the first or second or third skill level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation
  • is a fresh graduate of the best 500 universities in the world
  • has a minimum educational level of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Business entry visa

The Business Entry Visa allows investors and entrepreneurs to explore business and investment opportunities in the UAE. The visa offers easy entry processes, without the requirement of a  sponsor or host.

Tourist visa

Besides a regular Tourist Visa, sponsored by the tourism establishment in the UAE, a five-year multi-entry tourist visa was introduced.

This type of Tourist Visa allows a person to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days and can be extended for a similar period, provided the entire period of stay does not exceed 180 days in one year. The five-year multi-entry tourist visa does not require a sponsor.

The only requirement to be eligible for this visa is submitting:

  • proof of having a bank balance of $4,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies during the last six months prior to submitting the application.

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Entry permit to visit relatives or friends

A visitor can apply for the entry permit to visit friends and relatives if they are a relative or a friend of a UAE citizen or resident. It does not require a sponsor or a host.

Entry permit for a temporary work mission

Visitors who have a temporary work assignment like probation testing or project-based mission, and are sponsored by the employer. can apply for the entry permit for a temporary work mission. Some of the requirements include:

  • a temporary work contract, or
  • a letter from the employer clarifying the visit purpose
  • proof of health fitness to work.

Entry permit for study and training

The entry permit for study and training is primarily intended for those attending training and study courses or participating in internship programs.  The sponsor for this type of permit can be universities or educational or research institutions licensed in the country or government or private entities.

The requirements include, a letter from the entity, clarifying the details of the study or training or internship program and its duration.

 

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