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Explained: UAE green residency for foreigners without sponsors

Foreigners can obtain green residency in the UAE as part of new laws on visas that will take effect beginning on September 5, according to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP).

The ICP may grant green residency to a foreigner coming to the UAE as an investor or partner in a commercial project if the following conditions are met: the authority’s approval of the investment is obtained and the value of investment or partnership is as decided by the ICP chairman.

UAE employment visa without sponsorship

The ICP may also grant a foreigner an employment visa without the need for a sponsor or employer in the country if he is a skilled worker, provided the minimum educational level is a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and the monthly salary is not less than Dh15,000 or equivalent in foreign currencies.

UAE residency permit for foreigners

The law also stipulates that the residency permit granted to a foreigner shall be considered as void if the period of his residence outside the country has exceeded 180 consecutive days.

The residence permit shall remain valid until the end of its term for the following categories: foreigner wives of Emiratis, domestic workers accompanying UAE citizens on scholarships to study abroad; domestic workers of Emirati patients travelling for medical treatment abroad and foreign patients and their companions traveling for treatment abroad, who have valid residence permits, provided they submit a medical report certified by the competent authorities in the UAE.

Other categories include domestic workers for members of diplomatic and consular missions and their employees holding UAE residence permits; foreigners delegated by public sector institutions to join training or specialised courses; employees working in overseas offices of such institutions abroad and their families holding valid UAE residence permits and domestic workers for members of the ruling families working in their homes abroad and who hold valid UAE residence permits.

They also include students enrolled in educational facilities abroad who have valid residence permits in the country; investors holding valid residence permits; people sponsored by diplomatic and consular representatives and their escorts and any other categories pending a decision by the ICP, provided they hold a valid residency permit. ICA/Expat Media

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