Expats with new UAE "green visa" will now be able to work without company sponsorship, and can sponsor their parents and children up to 25 years old, officials said.
06 September 2021, 12:00 AM
30 September 2021, 12:00 AM
Foreigners in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates are generally only given limited visas tied to their employment, and long-term residency is difficult to obtain.
However, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Trade, has announced the launch of a 'green visa'. He also announced a freelance visa.
"Green visa targets highly skilled individuals, investors, business people, entrepreneurs, as well exceptional students and postgraduates," the Minister said.
Green visa holders can sponsor their sons' visas till they turn 25. Usually, sons can be sponsored only till they turn 18. Green visa holders can also sponsor their parents.
This came as ministers and top officials got together in Dubai to announce the first set of 50 new projects that will usher in the next phase of growth for the country.
Called Projects of the 50, they build on the successes of the past 50 years and chart an ambitious path for the next 50.