How to apply for UAE Green Visa?
To apply for a UAE Green Visa in Dubai, one should go to the official website of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) and follow the necessary steps.
Step 1: Visit the official GDRFA website
Step 2: Navigate to the ‘Services’ section and choose the ‘Entry Permits’ option.
Step 3: Choose the ‘Entry Permit Services’ option and access the ‘New Entry Permit for Green Residence’ option. You will be presented with all the categories eligible for the UAE Green Visa, choose the one that applies to your profession.
Step 4: Click on ‘Start service’ and you will be directed to the login page.
Step 5: Select ‘Individuals’ from the tab and log in using your GDRFA account details, and UAE Pass account, or register for a new account if you don’t have one yet.
Step 6: Once you have logged in, you will be taken to your personal account. Here, click on the green ‘New application’ button and select the ‘Green residence for’ high-skilled workers/investors/or self-employment option.
Step 7: Complete the application form with all the necessary details and the required supporting documents, which will vary depending on the category you have chosen – highly skilled employee, investor, or freelancer/self-employed.
Step 8: Make the payment for the visa application, after which the application will be completed and submitted for review.
The GDRFA will notify you via text message and/or email about the status of your visa application. If any documents are missing, you will be informed to submit them within 30 days. If the missing documents are not received within this time frame, the visa application will be cancelled.
Green residence for skilled employees:
The new category of Green Residence for Skilled Employees offers a five-year residency period for skilled workers without the need for sponsorship or an employer. The requirements for this visa are a valid employment contract, classification in the first, second or third occupational level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, a minimum educational level of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and a salary of not less than AED 15,000 (USD 4,083.74).
It’s worth noting that skilled professionals (third level in the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation classification) are eligible for an extended grace period of 90 days after the expiration of the Green Residence.
Green residence for freelancing and self-employment:
Given the increasing popularity of freelancing and flexible work models worldwide, the new Green Residence for Freelancing and Self-Employment offers a five-year residency for freelancers and self-employed individuals in the UAE without the need for sponsorship or an employer.
The requirements for this visa are: obtaining a freelance/ self-employment permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, minimum educational qualification of a bachelor’s degree or specialized diploma, an annual income from self-employment for the previous two years of AED 360,000 (USD 98,009.86) or the ability to demonstrate financial solvency during their stay in the country.
Green residence for investor or partner:
The Green Residence for Investors or Partners is a new category that aims to encourage investment in the UAE. It grants a five-year residency for individuals who are establishing or participating in commercial activities. Additionally, the validity of this category has been extended from 2 years to 5 years.
The requirements for this visa are approval of the investment and proof of investment of 1 million AED, in case the investor (partner) has more than one license, the total invested capital will be calculated and approval from the competent local authorities is mandatory.
New benefits for family members:
The new system provides more benefits to the family members of Green Visa holders. A resident can now easily bring their family members, including their spouses and children to the UAE.
According to the information available on the ICP system, the grace period to exit the UAE after a residency visa cancellation has been extended to 6 months for Green Visa holders and their family members. This means that ex-pats now have 6 months to either correct their status and get another residence visa or leave the country.
Fines are not applicable during the grace period, however, if the Green Visa holder fails to renew or cancel the visa of his dependents, the dependents could be liable to pay an overstay fine. Additionally, the age limit for children has been increased to 25 years (previously 18 years) and there is no age limit for unmarried daughters.
Children of determination are granted a UAE residency permit, regardless of their age. The Green Residence holder is allowed to sponsor their first-degree relatives and in all cases, the residency of family members shall be the same duration as the original residence holder.
Cost of UAE Green Visa:
The cost for one individual for the Green Visa UAE application process is AED 335.75, which does not include the cost of the ID and additional medical fees. If you are already in the UAE when the permit is issued, an additional AED 650 fee for ‘inside country status change’ will be added to the Green Visa UAE cost of AED 335.75.
The total cost for the application process will also vary depending on the number of dependents the applicant wishes to sponsor. Additionally, it is important to note that this cost does not cover the cost of the medical fitness test and Emirates ID application, which are also required to finalize the Green Residency paperwork.