UAE Green Visa : Eligibility, Benefits and More

What is UAE Green Visa?

The Green visa in the UAE is a form of resident visa that allows its holder to sponsor himself/herself for 5 years without the necessity for a UAE national or employer to sponsor his/her visa.

From September 5, company directors, executives, engineers, experts, and technicians in scientific, technical, and human domains will be among the UAE workers who can apply for the five-year green visa.

The UAE Cabinet authorized the green visa in Decision No 65 for 2022.

Who are eligible to apply?

  • The UAE government has recognized three types of people who can apply for green visas.
  • Investors/business partners in a commercial license, freelancers/self-employed, and highly trained personnel.

What are the benefits of the UAE Green Visa?

When compared to an ordinary resident visa, the Green visa offers greater privileges to family members. Among the advantages are:

  • Obtaining residence permits for family members, including spouses, children, and first-degree relatives, is simple.
  • the right to sponsor their male children until the age of 25 (formerly 18), with no age limit for unmarried females.
  • Regardless of their age, children of determination (those with special needs) are awarded a residency visa.
  • extended flexible grace periods of up to 6 months to remain in the UAE after the residence permit has been canceled or expired

What are the categories of UAE Green Visa?

1. Freelancers/self-employed people

Freelancers and/or self-employed individuals who want to apply for a Green visa must submit:

  • a freelance/self-employment permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
  • proof of a bachelor’s degree or specialized diploma
  • Evidence of yearly self-employment income of at least AED 360,000 for the last two years, or proof of financial soundness throughout their stay in the UAE.

2- Skilled employees

To apply for a Green visa, skilled employees must :

  • have a current employment contract
  • be classified in the first, second or third occupational level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation
  • hold a minimum of bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • have a salary of not less than AED 15,000.

3. Investors or partners

The Green Investor Visa is granted to investors who are creating or participating in commercial enterprises. It replaces the previous residency visa, which was only valid for two years. Requirements include:

  • investment permission and evidence of investment (The total invested capital will be counted if the investor/partner has more than one license.)
  • approval of the competent local authorities.

Can the holder of a green visa sponsor people?

  • For the next five years, the green visa holder can sponsor residency for first-degree relatives.
  • The length of residency for first-degree relatives (spouse, children, and parents) will be the same as that of the green visa holder.
  • This was formerly permitted for two or three years.
  • If the green visa holder fails to renew or terminate his dependents’ visas, the dependents may be fined for overstaying.

What are overstay fines?

  • If the green visa holder fails to renew or terminate his dependents’ visas, the dependents may be fined for overstaying.
  • If the dependent overstay for more than six months, the fine is Dh50 per day, rising to Dh100 per day after one year.
  • If the holder stays outside the UAE for longer than 180 days, the green visa may become invalid.


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