New UAE Visa Guidelines

You’re considering relocating to the UAE and are interested in investing in a Golden Visa. You may then be wondering about the new visa reforms for non-UAE nationals. Perhaps you want to know whether you should do a Family Visa or Job Visa first. Or maybe it’s a Tourist Visa for your holiday?
Whatever the case, here we’ll give you a comprehensive guide to one of the most comprehensive and updated visa systems available at this time in the UAE.

In fact, according to the World Bank’s 2021 annual ratings, the UAE ranked 17 among 190 countries in the ease of doing business. Reports also suggest that the UAE’s job market is flourishing with 9 per cent growth in the private sector – and of course, Dubai has long been a top tourism destination.

Residency in the UAE

  1. Golden Visa:
    To entice skilled workers and investors, the UAE has increased the number of categories for the Golden Visa to accept more applicants. These categories now include startup owners, scientists, skilled workers, exceptional talent, and students. The minimum real estate investment has also been lowered to Dhs2 million.
  2. Green Visa:
    This new five-year visa allows skilled workers, the self-employed and freelancers to sponsor their families without a sponsor or employer. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and a minimum salary of Dhs15,000.
  3. Business visa:
    This new classification enables investors and business people to apply for visas without a sponsor or host.
  4. Temporary Work Visa:
    The new category is for professionals or workers who are travelling to the UAE on a short-term project or assignment. A temporary contract or letter from the employer with proof of fitness is required.
  5. Family Visa:
    Under the new regulations, parents can sponsor their children’s visas indefinitely if their children are unmarried females and up to age 25 if they are males.
  6. Tourist Visa:
    One of the most anticipated changes is that tourist visas will now be valid for 60 days. Additionally, a new multi-entry will be introduced, granting multiple entries for visitors and the ability to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days. Those 90 days can be extended; however, the visa is limited to 180 days a year. Applicants should have a bank balance of $4,000 (Dhs14,700) or its equivalent in foreign currency six months before applying.
  7. Visas for training/education:
    Students interested in attending courses, internships or training in the UAE can be sponsored by public or private sector educational institutions; however, a letter of clarification with the program’s details and duration is required.
  8. Job Visa:
    Fresh graduates with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent who are looking to build their career in the UAE can apply for this new visa, which doesn’t require a host or sponsor.
  9. Visa to visit a relative/friend:
    Foreigners can apply for a visa without a sponsor if their relative or friend is a UAE citizen or resident.

Green Visa and Job Visa are the New Visas introduced in UAE.


The UAE government’s new visa system will spur development and open up new doors in every Industry, but particularly in the real estate, tourism, and investment sectors. These important changes are adaptable and forward-thinking. More options will be available than ever, and they are expected to stimulate the economy and bring about a significant rise in foreign direct investments.

All nations and industry must now adapt to the new global norms in the wake of the Corona virus-19 epidemic. The UAE’s goal of continuing to be one of the top travel destinations worldwide will also be advanced by the new visa amendments.

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