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Green Visa in UAE

The UAE Green Visa is essentially a new residency visa category that distinguishes between work and residency permits. The Green Visa will allow highly skilled people, investors, entrepreneurs and top students and graduates to sponsor themselves without having to first associate themselves with companies based in the UAE.

According to officials, the launch of the Green Visa regime is a part of the UAE government’s efforts to attract exceptional talents and propel economic growth.

The UAE has now announced new types of entry visas, and residence permits, and has expanded the Golden Visa categories. The new system of entry and residence has been introduced to attract and retain global talents and skilled workers from all over the world, boost the competitiveness and flexibility of the job market and foster a high sense of stability among UAE residents and families.

Having already come into effect on 3 October 2022, some major improvements for the UAE Green Visa have been implemented, including the new 5-year residence tracks, introduced mainly to attract talents, skilled professionals, freelancers, investors and entrepreneurs.

In addition to facilitating and simplifying the requirements of all residence types, more benefits are being offered, including longer flexible grace periods that reach up to 6 months to stay in the country after the residence permit is cancelled or expired to facilitate family members’ residence.

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Who can apply for a Green Visa

Freelancers, Self-Employed and Skilled Employees Can Apply for a Green Visa

Investor Or Partner

Investors or partners who establishing or participating in commercial activities in the UAE are also eligible for the UAE Green Visa. Those who fall under this category will need to meet the following requirements:

Required Documents
  • Approval of the investment and proof of the investment (If the investor/partner has more than one licence, then his or her total invested capital will be calculated).
  • Approval of the competent local authorities.

Skilled Employees

Skilled employees, who must be classified in the first, second or third occupational level as per the MoHRE. View the full list of the MoHRE's occupational levels, here. Skilled employees will also need the following:

Required Documents
  • A valid employment contract.
  • Have a monthly salary of at least AED 15,000.
  • Minimum a completed bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Be classified in the MoHRE's list of first, second, or third occupational levels.

Freelancers or Self-Employed Workers

Those wishing to obtain a green visa must provide the following:

Required Documents
  • A free work permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation
  • Bachelor's degree or specialized diploma or equivalent as a minimum
  • The annual income from self-employment for the previous two years should not be less than Dh360,000, or the applicant for this residence must prove his financial solvency throughout his stay in the country.