The advanced visa system of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will go into operation on Monday. The new Advanced Visa System will go into force on October 3, 2022, according to a statement released on Friday by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP).
The new visa regulations were unveiled last month, and they feature a 10-year expanded golden visa program, a five-year green residence beneficial to skilled employees, and a new multiple-entry tourist visa allowing them to stay in the nation for up to 90 days. These changes will have a significant influence on both visitors and individuals seeking employment in the UAE.
The five-year green visa, under the UAE’s new immigration laws, will allow foreigners to sponsor themselves without the assistance of UAE natives or their employers. This visa is open to freelancers, skilled workers, and investors.
Green card holders can now sponsor their own family members. If a green visa holder’s permission expires, they will be permitted up to six months to renew it.
The golden visa also includes a 10-year extended residence period. A golden visa is available to investors, entrepreneurs, and those with promising potential. Furthermore, golden visa holders can also sponsor their children and family members. Family members of a golden visa holder may also remain in the UAE after the person’s death as long as the visa is valid.
According to the new immigration legislation, golden visa holders will also be able to own 100% of their business.
Visitors will be able to remain in the UAE for up to 90 days in a row with a five-year multi-entry tourist visa. According to the new guidelines, tourist visas would allow travellers to stay in the UAE for 60 days.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s revised immigration policy, which takes effect on October 3, has delighted non-resident Indians (NRIs), notably Keralites, who make up the largest portion of the Gulf diaspora.
According to them, the new visa regulations are very advantageous for foreign nationals, investors, and visitors to this Gulf Cooperation Council country. Multiple-entry visit visas are tolerant of NRI students who are continuing their education in India or other nations. Rajesh Rudran, an Abu Dhabi-based legal consultant, told The Hindu that the new immigration policy also enables the expatriate population to invite family members and friends to stay in the UAE for extended periods of time.
A sponsor or host is not necessary for the job exploration visa for degree holders. According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization, it will be given to recent graduates from the top 500 colleges around the globe as well as those categorised in the first, second, or third skill level. Beyond the previous age limit of 18, parents can now sponsor their male children up to the age of 25, allowing them to continue their education and work in the UAE.
The golden visa amendment made it possible for more professionals in the fields of medical, research, engineering, information technology, commerce, and administration to get a 10-year visa on the basis of earnings of AED 30,000 (about Rs. 670 thousand) each month. Additionally, these visa holders have the option of sponsoring an unlimited number of domestic workers, and their visas are valid for as long as they are outside the United Arab Emirates.
Expats will also benefit from a flexible grace period of up to six months under the new arrangement after their residence visa expires, as there is a 30-day grace period now. The multi-entry and employment exploration visas would entice investors and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to investigate business and investment prospects in the UAE.
According to experts, the job exploration visa would enable enterprises to obtain timely help from professionals for swift project completion.