DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers countless opportunities for those who dare to try their luck in the emirate, while also offering them a lifestyle that many can only dream of.
There are various options to stay in the Kingdom through different visas; however, the UAE green visa is now preferred by people as it allows a stay of up to 5 years.
Let’s explore what Green Visa has to offer all those aspiring to relocate to the UAE.
UAE Green Visa
The UAE Green Visa is a residency visa that allows the holder to sponsor himself for 5 years without the need for a UAE national or employer to sponsor his/her visa. In this sense, it gives applicants more freedom.
Basically, three types of individuals can apply for the visa, including freelancers, self-employed/investors and skilled employees.
How to Apply; Freelance, Self-Employed
A freelancer or self-employed person who wishes to apply for a green visa should submit a freelancer/self-employed person license issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation together with proof of a bachelor’s degree or professional diploma. They will also need to submit evidence of an annual self-employment income of not less than AED 360,000 for the previous two years, or proof of financial solvency during their stay in the UAE.
How to Apply: Skilled Worker
Technicians who want to apply for a visa should hold a valid employment contract. Furthermore, they must be classified as 1st, 2nd or 3rd occupational ranks according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. They should also have at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and a monthly income of not less than AED 15,000.
Can the green visa be renewed?
After the visa expires it can be renewed for the same period. The General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) issues 60-day entry permits to eligible people from all over the world to complete the process of issuing residency.
A 60-day permit costs Dh335.75, but if an entry permit is issued within the country, an additional Dh650 will be charged.