Gradually, things are returning to normalcy in the country, so it’s not surprising that the government has issued some new visa rules in the UAE.
The UAE law currently allows employees, who have been made redundant, to leave the country within 30 days. But the authorities are relaxing the grace period and would allow people to stay from three to six months after losing the job.
Projects of the 50: Modernisation of visa, work permits
One of the key legislative changes being introduced as part of ‘Projects of the 50’ is a restructuring of the entry and residency system, which is being upgraded to confirm the UAE’s position as an ideal destination for work, investment, entrepreneurship, education and life.
This was announced as part of reforms for the Year of the 50th to retain the talent in the country.
Other specific regulatory changes include:
- Extension of business trip permits from 3 months to 6 months
- Sponsorship of parents under the visa of direct family members
- One-year residency extension for humanitarian cases
- Extension of children’s age limit on parents’ residency from 18 to 25 years
- Extension of grace period upon job loss or retirement to 90-180 days
‘ Now, those holding the new “green visa” will be able to work without company sponsorship, and can sponsor their parents and children up to 25 years old, officials said. Green visas are work permits with residency for pioneers, entrepreneurs and other professionals. Freelance visa will help people work independently.