Introduction of the UAE Green Visa:

The UAE always astonishes us with its economic upswing plans. One of which is introducing a new type of work visa that encourages flexible work models for the benefit of both the country and the remarkable individuals.

Other than the various types of work visas already available usually with the validity of 2 and 3 years, the UAE has introduced in 2022 the green visa for partners, investors, skilled employees, self-employed and freelancers which allows living and working in the country for a longer period than the standard work visa allows. And also offers additional features and benefits.

UAE Green visa characteristics:

UAE Green Visa is a residence visa type which allows entitled residents to sponsor themselves without the need for a UAE national or employer as a sponsor as usually required in the standard visa types. It has a 5-years validity and allows them to proceed with the same type of residence for their family members including spouse, children and 1st degree relatives. While on other visa types, sons are able to be sponsored until the age of 18, the green visa has an advantage of sponsoring them until the age of 25, while unmarried daughters and children of determination can still be sponsored with no age limit. 

In case of expiry or cancellation of the green visa, you are allowed to stay in the country for a period of 6 months to either renew your green visa for the same terms and conditions, get another residence visa, or depart the country.

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Who is entitled to apply for a UAE Green Visa?

In order to attract talent and investments into the country, the UAE launched the green visa for partners, investors, freelancers, self-employed, and skilled employees. All the mentioned can apply for a UAE Green Visa with certain conditions to be met. 

Conditions for applying for UAE green visa for Partners/ Investors:

Partners and investors will have to get approval for their investment from the local authorities and provide proof of contribution of a minimum amount of AED 1,000,000 to the new business or an existing business.

Conditions for applying for a UAE green visa for Freelancers/self-employed:

Freelancers/self-employed need to have a minimum educational level of a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, obtain a freelance/self-employment permit from the ministry of human resources and Emiratisation, and provide proof of annual income of at least AED 360,000 and above from self-employment for the last two years, or be able to submit a proof of financial sufficiency for the period of stay.

Conditions for applying for UAE Green Visa for skilled employees:

Skilled employees are employees with professions that fall under 1st, 2nd or 3rd occupational levels as per the classification of the Ministry of Human resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) and according to the international standard classification (ISCO) issued by the international labor organization.

  • 1st level: legislators, managers, and business executives
  • 2nd level: professionals in scientific, technical and human fields
  • 3rd level: technicians in scientific, technical and humanitarian fields

After confirming that you fall under one of the 3 categories, you should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, valid employment contract with a monthly salary that counts not less than AED 15,000 to provide as proof.

Work Permit:

All the entitled for the UAE Green Visa are granted a work entry visa of 60 days until fulfillment of the necessary procedures. With regards to fees, also all entitled have to pay a fee for the 60 days of AED 335.75 in addition to AED 650 in case the entry permit is issued inside the UAE.

How and where to apply for the UAE Green Visa:

Applications are to be submitted either through  (available 24 hours) or through AMER Centres available in several location (during working hours). Through the website or the Centres, you can fill up the required form, attaching all the required supporting documents, pay the fees and submit your application. On the website, there is an extra step of logging in to an existing account or registering a new user account and submitting the documents by yourself.

In both cases the entry permits will be received by email. 

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