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UAE Golden Visa eligibility expanded to include more people


DUBAI – The UAE Golden Visa eligibility has been expanded to include more people, including managers and CEOs.

The regulation was announced as part of a string of UAE visa reforms on Sunday (September 5).

Golden visas will now be available to managers and CEOs, as well as specialists in science, engineering, health, education, business management and technology.

Golden visas allow expatriates to live, work or study in the UAE for up to 10 years. The visa is issued without need of an Emirati sponsor. It is also automatically renewed.

The UAE also announced it is streamlining the process for long-term residency for highly skilled residents, investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, pioneers, students and graduates.

Meanwhile, the UAE also announced a new Green Visa to be given to “top achievers, including students, investors, businessmen and those with specialized skills”.

Holders of green visas can sponsor their parents, as well as their sons until the age of 25. Holders can still stay in the country for 90 to 180 days once their visa expires or is cancelled.

Meanwhile, new Freelance Visas will be given to “owners of independent businesses, or self-employed individuals”.

The work permits with residency will be given to “pioneers, entrepreneurs and other professionals” to allow them to work independently in the UAE.

More details on how to qualify and apply for the new visas are expected to be announced in due course. ICA/Expat Media

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