The UAE announces 4 types of residency visas that allow expats to work

Muhammed Farghaly - | Arab News

The UAE's rapidly expanding expat population is a result of revisions to residency visa requirements and civil law reforms.

With great living standards, the UAE is home to nearly 9.06 million foreign residents from 200 countries. amendments to resident visas and amendments to civil law are responsible for the fast expansion of the expat community in the Emirates.

Those who have entered the UAE on an entrance or tourist visa and are currently residing there are granted a residence visa. Depending on the sponsor and the type of permission, it can be valid for two to ten years and permits them to live and work in the nation.

The United Arab Emirates provides foreign workers looking for work in the nation with four different residency options. The various permission kinds are listed below.

1. Green Visa for work

With the Green Visa, holders can self-sponsor their residency for a period of five years, doing away with the requirement that an employer or UAE national sponsor their visas. It is intended to draw in highly qualified individuals, capitalists, business owners, and students to the nation.

Who can apply for a Green Visa?

Those who work for themselves, freelancers, and skilled workers may apply for a Green visa.

1. Freelancers and/or self-employed people

In order to apply for a Green visa, independent contractors and/or self-employed individuals must submit:

  • permission from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization to work as a freelancer or independently
  • evidence of a specialized certification or a bachelor's degree
  • proof of self-employment income of at least Dh360k per year for the preceding two years, or evidence of continuous financial stability during their stay in the UAE.

2. Skilled employees

To apply for a Green visa, skilled employees must

  • possess a current work contract
  • be categorized according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization as belonging to the first, second, or third occupational level.
  • possess an equivalent or minimum of a bachelor's degree
  • possess a monthly salary of at least Dh15,000.

Renewing the visa

The visa is renewable for the same term upon its expiry.

2. Standard work visa

An foreign national may obtain a regular work permit, typically valid for two years, if they are:

working for a private company

GDRFAD Dubai is the place to apply for a resident visa for someone who works in the private sector.

working for the government or in a free zone

Request a resident visa for a single person in the (free zone) of GDRFAD Dubai.

The usual resident visa application must be made by the employer.

3. Golden Visa

The Golden Visa for the UAE is a long-term residency permit that allows talented foreigners to live, work, or study in the country while taking advantage of special advantages like:

  • a six-month entrance visa that can be used many times in order to get a resident permit
  • a renewable, long-term residency visa good for five or ten years
  • the benefit of not requiring a sponsor
  • the capacity to remain outside the United Arab Emirates for longer than the customary six months in order to maintain the validity of their residency visa
  • the capacity to sponsor their spouses and kids, regardless of age, as well as other family members
  • the capacity to support an infinite number of domestic assistants
  • the permission, in the event that the principal Golden visa holder passes away, for family members to remain in the UAE until the conclusion of their permit period.

Golden Visa requirements

For holders of a UAE golden residency visa, the following conditions must be met in order to get a work permit through the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiritization (MoHRE):

  • a crisply colored picture against a white backdrop
  • a copy of a current passport that has to be good for at least six months along with a copy of a current Golden Visa for residency
  • authorized employment contract signed by the employee and the employer and issued by the Ministry
  • academic qualifications: For the following skill levels, a clear certificate with the employee's name on it that has been verified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Levels of proficiency (1 & 2): a bachelor's degree or above certified by the appropriate authorities;

Level of proficiency (3 & 4): Diploma graduate or above, as certified by the appropriate authorities

Level of proficiency (5): High school diploma, certified by appropriate authorities5. A professional license issued by the appropriate body, such as a teacher assistant license from the Ministry of Education's Knowledge Authority (Dubai), an advocate license from the Ministry of Justice, a doctor's license from the Department of Health, a nurse's license from the Ministry of Education, a fitness trainer license from the Youth and Sports Authority, etc.

4. Domestic worker visa

The UAE has particular visa requirements for domestic employees. The rights and welfare of domestic workers, many of whom are foreign nationals employed in the UAE, are intended to be safeguarded by these legislation.

In the United Arab Emirates, employers usually support domestic servants. This indicates that their job with a particular home is a requirement for their visa.

The following are important details about UAE domestic worker visas:

  • The foreign national seeking sponsorship must make at least Dh25,000 per year in compensation.
  • The person sponsoring the domestic worker is not related to them.
  • The sponsor must already reside in the UAE and support their family.
  • The sponsor must have two personal vehicles registered in their names in the United Arab Emirates if the domestic worker drives a private vehicle.

About Author

Muhammed Farghaly
Muhammed Farghaly
56 Total posts

Read Also

Arab News
A new rise in rents in the UAE

Normally, residents of Dubai who wish to reduce their rent might think about relocating to Sharjah or Ajman; but, due to an increase in demand, prices in these two neighboring emirates are currently rising.

Arab News
UAE issues a decision regarding green jobs for residents and citizens of the country

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization disclosed that the rise in "green jobs" to over 11% of all private sector jobs in the nation was primarily responsible for the labor market's decline in unemployment rates to their...

Arab News
The UAE issues a new decision regarding renewing residency and the possibility of doing a medical examination

Do you belong to the group of people who are extremely busy and lack the time to attend for a medical examination required for the renewal of your resident visa? Don't worry.

Arab News
UAE issues a new decision regarding resettlement and a worker’s permit

As part of its efforts to unify the government bureaucracy zeroing project launched by the UAE government, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization announced the introduction of enhancements in the "worker permit cancellation"...

Arab News
The UAE announces start issuing the UAE passport with a validity of 10 years

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship and Customs in the United Arab Emirates stated that the issuance of the new Emirati passport will officially begin for those aged 21 years and above, starting on Monday, July 8, 2024.

Arab News
The UAE provides new scholarships for resident and foreign students

The digital government in the United Arab Emirates announced new scholarships for resident and foreign students who wish to enroll in public and private universities in the country.

Arab News
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh Air reveals new cabin crew uniforms at Paris fashion event

In anticipation of next year's flights, Riyadh Air has introduced a breathtaking line of uniforms for flight attendants.

Arab News
Saudi Arabia Urges Immediate Evacuation of Citizens from Lebanon

The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Beirut is keeping a careful eye on the developments in southern Lebanon as tensions continue to rise.

Arab News
Air Arabia Launches Sharjah to Athens Flights to Enhance UAE-Greece Connectivity

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) and Air Arabia have jointly announced the launch of a new air route connecting Sharjah to Athens, the capital of Greece, marking a significant addition to Sharjah Airport's expanding network of direct travel...

Arab News
Saudi Arabia: Over 13,440 Arrested in Residency and Labor Operations Last Week

Saudi Arabia conducted extensive enforcement operations last week, resulting in the arrest of over 13,440 individuals as part of efforts to curb violations related to residency, labor laws, and border security.

Arab News
Dubai: RTA Launches New Bus Service to Damac Hills 2 Starting July 1

Starting July 1, residents of Damac Hills 2 in Dubai will gain access to a new public bus service aimed at improving local transportation options.

Arab News
UAE: Emirates announces pay hike, education allowance, & longer leaves for staff

In a recent email to its employees, Emirates Group announced a comprehensive enhancement of employee compensation and benefits, set to take effect in July 2024.

Arab News
UAE: Residents Evacuated After Fire Erupts in Sharjah Residential Building

A fire erupted in a residential tower on Jamal Abdul Nasir Street in Sharjah one Sunday afternoon, leading to the immediate evacuation of the entire building. Prompt response from civil defence, ambulance teams, and police was crucial in managing the...

Arab News
UAE announces New Taxi Fare in Ajman Amid Fuel Price Adjustments

On Sunday, the Ajman Transport Authority announced the updated taxi fare rates that will come into effect in July.

Arab News
UAE announces Petrol, diesel prices for July 2024

New prices for gasoline and diesel were published by the United Arab Emirates fuel price committee for the month of July 2024. The updated rates will be in effect starting from July 1. To bring local prices in line with global market trends, these...

Arab News
UAE fines Several trucks 3,000 Dirhams for illegally transporting sand

Ajman fined multiple companies' trucks for illegally transporting sand.

Arab News
UAE: Ajman Introduces Paid Parking on Three key Roads Starting June 29

In a bid to streamline traffic and address parking challenges, Ajman authorities have announced the introduction of paid parking on three significant roads, effective June 29.

Arab News
Abu Dhabi Police Launch a New Initiative with a 35% Discount on Traffic Fines

Abu Dhabi Police have recently rolled out the “Badir and Benefit” initiative, aimed at encouraging drivers to promptly settle their traffic violations through a range of incentives and discounts.

Arab News
Dubai: Japan Halts E-Visas; Residents Plans Disrupted by Appointment Rejections

UAE residents hoping to fulfill their dreams of a holiday in Japan are facing significant obstacles due to recent changes in the visa application process.

Arab News
Dubai court sentences woman to six months in prison for stabbing boyfriend

In a troubling incident on August 20, 2022, at their shared apartment in Dubai’s Al Muraqqabat area, a woman was sentenced to six months in prison for stabbing her boyfriend. The altercation arose from a dispute over his mobile phone, marking a...

Arab News
A UAE court fined a company Dh20,000 for dumping waste illegally in Ajman

Dumping public rubbish and building materials in prohibited areas led to a Dh20,000 penalties for an Ajman enterprise. This shows how serious the enforcement procedures are to avoid future infractions of the same kind.

Arab News
Dubai Courts to close Al Barsha Mall branch starting June 30

Dubai Courts has announced that its Al Barsha Mall branch will cease operations starting June 30.

Arab News
Saudi Arabia Reduces Friday Sermons Duration until Summer ends

Saudi Arabia has announced that the sermons preceding the Friday noon prayers at Islam's two holiest mosques will be shortened until the end of summer to alleviate the burden on worshippers amidst the kingdom's extreme heat.

Arab News
UAE Shortens Friday Sermons to 10 Minutes Amid Summer Heat

From June 28 until October, authorities in the UAE have implemented a new policy to limit Friday sermons to 10 minutes.

Arab News
Saudi Arabia Introduces E-Visa for Esports World Cup 2024 Ticket Holders

Saudi Arabia announces a 90-day visa program for attendees of the Esports World Cup 2024, aiming to boost tourism and the gaming sector.

Arab News
UAE detained Man in Ajman for distributing fake automotive oil from known brands

An Asian national was apprehended by the Ajman Police during a recent investigation on suspicion of dealing in and stockpiling knockoff lubricants bearing the names of well-known brands around the world.

Arab News
UAE introduces 8 visa types allowing entry into Emirates for different durations

The UAE's digital government outlined in a recent report that residence visas for foreigners are granted upon legal entry into the country via entry permits, enabling them to reside and work for specific periods, extending up to 10 years...

Arab News
UAE clarifies entry permit application process post residence visa cancellation

Expatriates residing in the UAE often find themselves traveling frequently for business and personal reasons, sometimes extending their trips beyond six months.

How to Settle UAE Visa Overstay Fines Online in Six Steps