UAE Cabinet approves major overhaul of visa system

The UAE has set out one of the biggest overhauls of the visa residency system in years.

The new model effectively ends the need to acquire sponsorship for work and residency for new arrivals. The federal UAE Government Media Office announced the changes, approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday.

Furthermore, people entering the country as visitors will be able to stay for 60 days, rather than 30 at present.

The Golden Visa system will also be expanded, while visas to make it easier for jobseekers to visit the country will be available.

Monday’s announcement is the formal ratification by the Cabinet of a series of recent visa changes – plus new details and decisions – which are known as executive regulations.

“The new system of entry and residence aims at attracting and retaining global talents and skilled workers from all over the world,” a statement from the media office read.

More flexible visas will boost “competitiveness and flexibility of the job market and foster high sense of stability among UAE residents and families”.

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