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UAE’s new visa rules officially come into force

UAE’s new visa rules officially come into effect on Monday, October 3. Among the significant changes authorized by the Cabinet in April are longer visit visas for tourists, long-term residency for professionals, and easier access to the 10-year golden visa initiative.

Golden visa holders who leave the country will not have their permits revoked. Visitors who cancel their resident visas will be allowed a grace period of six months. Previously, visitors were only permitted a one-month grace period.

The new visas include a standard 60-day entry permit rather than 30 days as practiced and a five-year, multi-entry tourist visa allowing visitors to stay in the country for up to 90 days.

The UAE government will also implement a five-year green visa for skilled employees, freelancers, and the self-employed and a job exploration entry visa for degree holders that does not require a sponsor or a host.

The parents can sponsor their male children until age 25 up from 18, allowing them to remain in the UAE after school and university.

The golden visa initiative will also be expanded, as skilled professionals with salaries of Dh30,000 ($8,100), a month or more will find it easier to secure a 10-year visa. The current holders whose passports have expired can apply for a new one through ICP’s website, smart app, or the country’s embassies and consulates. BKM/ Expat Media

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