new visa system

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security has announced that the executive regulations of the Federal Decree-Law regarding the entry and residence of foreigners in the United Arab Emirates will enter into official implementation next September.

The Council of Ministers, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the new executive regulations, which include new rules and controls, and simplify and facilitate entry and residency procedures in the country for foreigners and those wishing to work, invest and live from all over the world.

The head of the authority, Ali Muhammad Al Shamsi, said that the regulatory treatment for the entry and residence of foreigners in the country came in response to the requirements of the next stage and an expression of institutional commitment to the fifty principles of the UAE.

He praised the insightful future vision of the wise leadership of the state and the esteemed Council of Ministers headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and their keenness to enhance the leadership and competitiveness of the UAE among the countries of the region and the world in the field of living, residence and investment for foreigners, noting that the executive regulations included conditions, controls and procedures that establish services It is proactive in the spirit and thought of the fifties and meets the future needs of all categories of foreigners and residents, and makes the UAE an oasis for living, work, innovation and investment.

He pointed out that the new rules and procedures for the entry and residence of foreigners in the country contribute to supporting the process of sustainable development and the policy of economic diversification adopted by the wise leadership, by attracting skilled workers, scientific competencies, experienced people, creative people and skilled specialists in all fields of work, which leads to raising the level of productivity and enhancing competitiveness. The economy and enabling it to lead, face global challenges, and double the rates of economic growth.

Ali Muhammad Al Shamsi pointed out that the new executive regulation for the entry and residence of foreigners in the country is characterized by the multiplicity of types of residency and the addition of new types of them to suit all categories of investors, entrepreneurs, brilliant talents, scientists, specialists, early students, graduates, pioneers of humanitarian work, the first line of defense and skilled workers in all fields, in addition to To reduce burdens, simplify procedures, add new benefits for residency holders, and separate residency and employer, which contributes to improving the quality of life and making the experience of living, working and investing in the UAE an enjoyable and happy one.

The new executive regulation for the entry and residence of foreigners - scheduled to enter into force next September - included an integrated system and a new generation of residency with great advantages and facilities aimed at attracting investors, entrepreneurs, highly skilled workers and self-employees, most notably the green residency granted for a period of 5 years, subject to renewal. It includes greater benefits for bringing in family members residing in the country, and flexible grace periods of up to 6 months after the expiry or cancellation of residency.

The green residency includes 3 types of categories or residencies: the green residency for the skilled worker, the green residency for self-employment, in addition to the green residency for the investor or partner in a commercial activity without a guarantor for a period of 5 years, renewable to replace the investor's previous residency, which is for two years, with simpler requirements and greater benefits.

He stressed the keenness of the Council of Ministers to enhance the values ​​and principles of family stability for foreigners of various types of residence, which reflects the humanitarian values ​​and principles instilled by the founding fathers and upon which the State of the Union was established. Like husbands and sons easily, the age of children to be granted residency has also been raised to 25 years after it was only 18 years, in addition to granting residency permits to unmarried girls and children of people of determination regardless of age, and allowing those holders of green residency to bring in first-degree relatives .

The new executive regulation for the entry and residence of foreigners includes an updated system for entry visas that provides new and multiple purposes and options for those wishing to visit the country with flexible and extendable visit periods of up to one year, and without the requirement of a guarantor or host in the country in order to facilitate procedures and requirements.

A visa to explore job opportunities and another to explore investment and business opportunities was also created to attract investors without a guarantor or host inside the country, according to the conditions set forth in the new executive regulations.

The golden residency included new advantages, the most important of which was the abolition of the condition not to be absent from the state to maintain the golden residency, the abolition of the maximum number of support service workers that could be brought in, and benefits for family members that allow them to stay in the state for the duration of their residency in the event of the death of the breadwinner who obtained the golden residency, in addition to diversifying the categories of Golden residency to include scholars, specialists, and brilliant talents, in accordance with the regulations established in this regard.

The new regulation for the entry and residence of foreigners in the country aims to support the real estate sector, develop its contribution to the gross domestic product, and double real estate investment in the country, by granting new advantages to golden residency for investors in the real estate sector, which enables the investor to obtain the golden residency when buying real estate with a loan from one of the approved local banks. In this regard, or when purchasing one or more properties off-plan with a value of not less than two million dirhams from approved local companies, the new regulation also included flexible and simplified procedures for granting residency to the category of entrepreneurship, early students and graduates to give a better opportunity for residence and work.

He pointed out that the authority will implement an integrated plan to educate customers about the new conditions and controls for entry and residence visas for foreigners during the coming period, and it will respond to all inquiries.