Highlights

  • Foreign residents make up more than 80% of the population of the UAE
  • New rules aimed at attracting talent and boosting growth

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The golden residence scheme has simplified the eligibility criteria and expanded the categories of beneficiaries.

The United Arab Emirates has approved new regulations on the entry and residence of foreigners, aimed at attracting talent and boosting growth.

Foreign residents make up more than 80% of the population of the UAE and have been a mainstay of the economy for decades. The UAE comprises seven sheikhdoms, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Details about new residence and entry permits:

The golden residence scheme has simplified the eligibility criteria and expanded the categories of beneficiaries. The 10-year residence is granted to investors, entrepreneurs, exceptional talents, scientists and professionals, outstanding students and graduates, humanitarian pioneers and first-line heroes. Amendments allow golden residence holder to sponsor family members as well. There is no restriction related to the maximum duration of stay outside the UAE in order to keep the golden residence valid. Real estate investors can obtain golden residence when purchasing a property worth no less than 2 million dirhams ($544,500).

Green residence: 5-year residency for freelancers and self-employed individuals without requiring a sponsor or employer in the UAEGreen residence for investor or partners: 5-year residency for investors establishing or participating in commercial activities. It replaces the previous residence that was valid for 2 years.

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New residence types: 5-year residence visa to attract talents, skilled professionals, freelancers, investors and entrepreneurs.

New entry visas: New types of visas are introduced without requiring a host or sponsor for the first time. In addition, all entry visas are available for single or multiple entries and can be renewed for a similar period, and are valid for 60 days from their issuance date.

Job exploration entry visa: It does not require a sponsor or a host. It is granted to those classified in the first or second or third skill level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. The minimum educational level should be a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

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Business entry visa: Entry without requiring a sponsor or host to encourage investors and entrepreneurs to explore business and investment opportunities in the UAE.

Tourist visa: 5-year multi-entry tourist visa has been introduced and it does not require a sponsor; requires proof of having a bank balance of $4,000 or its equivalent.

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