UAE launches six types of non-work residency visas for expats

The UAE has embarked on a transformative journey to position itself as a premier destination for work, investment, entrepreneurship, education, and lifestyle. With a current expat population exceeding 9.06 million, the Emirates anticipates rapid community growth in the coming years.

To attract and retain global talents and experts, the UAE has introduced a comprehensive expansion of its visa scheme, offering diverse options to cater to various needs. These visa schemes aim to elevate the standard of living for expatriates without the requirement of a work visa, facilitating a seamless integration into the UAE's vibrant society.

Among the non-work visa options, individuals can now retire securely and luxuriously in the UAE, with all non-work visa categories being renewable subject to meeting specific criteria. The visa categories exempt from a work contract include:

Remote work visa:

This innovative visa program, also known as the 'virtual working program,' allows individuals to work remotely for their current employers while residing in the UAE. It provides the flexibility for foreigners to relocate to the UAE and fulfill their work obligations according to their visa requirements.

Eligibility criteria include possessing a passport with a minimum validity of six months and valid health insurance coverage for the UAE. Additionally, applicants must meet specific salary thresholds and provide proof of employment or business ownership outside the UAE.

Retirement visa:

Retired individuals seeking to reside in the UAE can apply for a long-term visa valid for five years, with the option for renewal. Eligibility requirements include meeting age and financial criteria, such as having worked for a minimum of 15 years or possessing sufficient financial assets or income.

Documentation requirements vary based on the chosen investment option, including fixed deposits, real estate ownership, or annual income statements.

Student visa:

Exceptional students with outstanding academic achievements have the opportunity to obtain long-term student visas, valid for up to five years. Exceptional students may even qualify for ten-year residency visas, providing extended opportunities for academic pursuits in the UAE.

Applying for a student visa involves coordinating with university Student Affairs offices and fulfilling documentation requirements, including admission letters, medical fitness tests, and sponsorship details.

Jobseeker visit visa:

Foreign job seekers can explore employment opportunities in the UAE through a visit visa, available for durations of 60, 90, or 120 days. Eligibility criteria include specific skill levels or academic qualifications, with required documentation including qualification certificates and a financial guarantee.

Green Visa:

An alternative to sponsoring either a UAE resident or an employer is the Green Visa, a residency visa that allows applicants to self-sponsor for a period of five years. The Green Visa is an attractive immigration program that offers talented workers, investors, entrepreneurs, and elite students more leeway to come and live in the United States.

Golden Visa:

Introduced in 2019, the highly sought-after Golden Visa is available to investors, professionals, students, and entrepreneurs, offering a ten-year residency permit with numerous benefits. Eligible individuals include professionals with high salaries, investors, outstanding students, and humanitarian pioneers, among others.

The Golden Visa scheme aims to attract exceptional talent and stimulate economic growth in key sectors, providing opportunities for individuals and their families to thrive in the UAE.

Through these diverse visa options, the UAE endeavors to create a welcoming environment conducive to personal and professional growth, fostering a vibrant and inclusive society for all residents.

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