The UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security launched the third generation of the advanced services system for entry and residence visas. The updated visa package will go into effect on October 3rd, 2022.
Visa reforms include a significantly expanded Golden Visa scheme, a five-year Green residency, and new entry permits, including one for job seekers. The new system also offers additional benefits to sponsor family members.
Under the new rules, long-term visas now provide greater benefits to family members residing in the country and offer flexible grace periods of up to 6 months after residency expiry or cancellation.
The system aims to boost the country’s competitiveness and institutional commitment to the ‘Principles of the 50,’ as well as to promote economic growth and attract investment.
Additionally, the new regulations provide more benefits to family members. The age of children who may be sponsored has been raised to 25 years (previously 18 years), with no age limit for unmarried daughters. Children of determination are granted a residence permit, regardless of their age.
Moreover, the new system offers UAE visitors a variety of visa types for different purposes: Job exploration, business entry, and visiting friends and family, among others.