The new set of executive regulations enveloping the entry permits and long-term residence for expats will formally go into effect in September 2022, according to UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICA).
The new regulations add entry permits and visas for visitors, relatives, tourists, and job seekers wishing to move into the UAE, while also extending the accessibility of the 10-year Golden Visa and the five-year Green Residence Visa.
A new generation of long-term residency visas with extra perks is also included in this, with the intention of luring investors, business people, a competent workforce, and self-employed residents.
The long-term visas now give flexible grace periods of up to six months following the expiration or cancellation of residency, extending more benefits to family members already living in the UAE.
Three types of categories or residencies are included in the green residency:
- The green residency: For skilled worker
- The green residency: For self-employment
- A green residency: For investors, without the requirement of a sponsor or an employer
The previous residency, which was only valid for two years, has been replaced with the Green Residency. In addition, it offers more benefits and simplified eligibility requirements.
The Green Residence Visa will increase the maximum age of sponsored children from the previous age cap of 18 to 25, while the Golden Visa will continue to allow holders to sponsor their children at any age. Irrespective of age, unmarried women and children of determination are eligible for the special long-term residency programme.
Residents with Golden Visas are no longer required to visit the UAE once every six months to maintain their visa validity.