7 June 2018

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: 10-year residency visas for top professionals

The United Arab Emirates will allow 10-year residency visas for foreign investors and top specialists, as well as exceptional student five-year residency visas for students studying in the UAE. The new regulation is aimed to attract professionals in medical, scientific, research and technical fields, as well as scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs. 

The families of these categories of expatriates will also receive the same visa validity.

The government aims to implement the new immigration program by the end of 2018. Details must still be finalised, including the eligibility criteria and application process for the 10-year visas.

Currently, visas in the UAE are issued with validities of one to three years. The change is intended to boost the economy by giving the specialists, investors and students interested in working/studying in the UAE more stability in their immigration status.


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