The UAE has been at the top of the list for every entrepreneur and businessman wanting to start a business. With this in mind, the UAE government has implemented a variety of new visa rules to facilitate and promote businesses. Many new types of visas and residence permits have been introduced, and the Golden visa category has also been expanded.
The government has replaced the process of stamping residence visas with the Emirate ID. To simplify the application process and shorten the application time, the requirement to collect passports for stamping has been removed. Citizens can now submit a single unified application to obtain both their residency visa and Emirates ID. A service fee of AED 100 has been added.
Previously, UAE residents couldn’t change any information on their visa online. Now, the process has become easier, allowing residents to make changes online. Additionally, the application for Emirates ID replacement will be automatically initiated once a request for residence visa amendments is made.
To access this service, applicants can log into the official website of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security. Modifying resident visa data online to obtain a new nationality involves altering information such as profession, passport details, and nationality.
The following documents are required to apply for the online service of UAE visa:
- Colored ID photo
- Copy of Passport
- Front and back copy of Emirates ID card
- Request to amend data signed by the sponsor
A fee of Dh200 is applicable for this online service, and the payment will be refunded in case of application rejection.
Entry Visa Rules for 2023
The UAE government has recently introduced a new 10-year entry visa that doesn’t require a host or sponsor. The visa duration is flexible and allows for multiple entries. These visas are valid for 60 days from the issuance date and can be renewed within the same period.
To attract young and skilled professionals to the UAE for job opportunities, the government has introduced job exploration visas. These visas have requirements such as being at the first, second, or third skill level and holding a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from one of the top 500 universities worldwide.
The business entry visa allows entrepreneurs and investors to explore new investment and business opportunities in the UAE without needing a host or sponsor.
The UAE government has reintroduced the 90-day (3-month) UAE visit visa. It was replaced with a 60-day visa in late 2022. Visitors who stay for 90 days can now explore job opportunities and extend their stay. Extending the visa incurs an additional cost, determined by the service provider.
It’s important to note the difference between an entry visa and a tourist visa. The UAE visit visa is valid for 90 days, while the entry visa is valid for 30 to 60 days. Additionally, a new five-year multi-entry tourist visa has been introduced, allowing self-sponsored visas for up to 90 days with the option for a 90-day extension. A bank statement indicating USD 4,000 for the last six months is required.
The family visa now permits parents to sponsor their male children up to the age of 25 and disabled children with a special permit. Unmarried daughters can be sponsored indefinitely.
Visitors can now apply for an entry permit to visit relatives and friends without needing a sponsor or host.
The Temporary Work Mission entry permit allows visitors with a temporary work assignment to apply for this visa if sponsored by their employer. If you have a relative or friend who is a UAE citizen, you can apply for this visa.
The entry permit for study and training is introduced for students coming to attend training, study courses, or internship programs. The requirements include a letter from a sponsor outlining the program’s details and duration.
Dubai travel and typing center agents have confirmed that residency visa holders staying outside of the emirate for more than six months can apply for a reentry permit. This permits residents to avoid visa cancellation and allows them to apply for reentry within 30 days.
The price for UAE and Dubai visas, both for 30-day and 60-day tourist visas, has been increased by AED 100, as confirmed by an ICP customer care agent. This results in the fee for a one-month visit visa increasing from AED 270 to AED 370.
Travelers with unused visit visas must cancel the visa within a specified time period. The cancellation cost varies, reaching up to AED 300. To extend the visa, travelers must pay AED 200 for a two-month extension.
The UAE government has expanded Golden Visa categories, simplified eligibility criteria, and increased the validity to 10 years for all types. Golden Visa holders can now sponsor family members and support service laborers without any limits
The government of UAE successfully created a diverse and thriving environment for entrepreneurs, professionals, and visitors alike. The introduction of new visa categories, streamlined online processes, and extended durations underscores the government’s dedication to facilitating business growth and attracting global talent. The updates not only support the economy but also enhance the nation’s reputation as an innovative and accommodating hub for trade, investment, and exploration. As the UAE continues to evolve, its visa policies stand as a testament to its aspiration to remain at the forefront of global business and tourism trends.