UAE new visa changes, who do they affect?



Lots of Visa reforms are transforming the workplace of the United Arab Emirates and creating a gateway to attract lots of top talent from around the globe.

As UAE is all set to celebrate its Golden Jubilee next month. The government has rolled out key changes to its visa system in recent years. The UAE is diversifying its economy and building for the future – is helping people to put down roots in the country as well as creating a more agile model in which to do business.

Dubai to issue multi-entry, five-year plan

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai, on Tuesday, announced that Dubai had begun to issue multi-entry, five-year visas to employees of multinational companies based in the emirate. Sheikh Hamdan said the policy was part of efforts to make Dubai the “best city to work and live in the world”.

Dubai media officer reported that “The five-year multi-entry visa is especially beneficial to employees of foreign-owned firms as it enables them to participate in events, conferences, training courses, exhibitions and similar activities hosted in Dubai by these companies.”

Who introduced the new visa?

General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in partnership with Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism introduced the new visa.

It allows employees to stay for 90 days

It allows employees of multinational companies to stay and visit the UAE for 90 days, with the alternative of extending this period for another 90 days. It is just the latest in a series of main changes to visa protocols in the UAE.

The Golden Visa

The new long-term residency scheme was announced by Vice President and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, in May 2019. It is a 10-year renewable visa that is also given to the family of the recipient – is aimed at investors, chief executives, entrepreneurs, outstanding students, scientists, and frontline workers.

Green Visa

The UAE government announced a ‘Green Visa’ in September for business owners, investors, and entrepreneurs, which will offer expanded benefits for sponsoring family members.


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