UAE introduces 5-year Green Residence Visa for skilled workers

UAE introduces 5-year Green Residence Visa for skilled workers
The UAE has unveiled the pioneering 5-year Green Residence visa, strategically designed to draw and retain global skilled workers. Aligned with the nation's vision to be a talent and innovation hub, the visa aims to create job market flexibility and ensure stability for residents and their families.

Eligibility Criteria:

Freelancers and Self-Employed Individuals:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree or specialized diploma.
  • Possess a freelance or self-employment permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE).
  • Demonstrate an annual income of at least AED360,000 for two years.

Skilled Employees:

  • Provide a valid employment contract.
  • Fall within the first, second, or third occupational level classification.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Earn a minimum monthly salary of AED15,000.

Investors or Partners:

  • Obtain approval for their investment.
  • Provide proof of investment activities.
  • Obtain approval from relevant local authorities.

Benefits of the Green Residence Visa:

  • Ability to sponsor children, spouses, and first-degree relatives.
  • Option to sponsor male children up to the age of 25 (previously 18), with no age limit for unmarried daughters.
  • Special provisions for children with special needs, granting them a residence permit regardless of age.
  • Six-month grace period for overstay after visa cancellation or expiration.
  • Eligibility for overseas applicants to receive a 60-day entry work permit.

Application Process:

  • Download the GDRFA-Dubai application or visit
  • Register a new user account.
  • Select the desired service category.
  • Choose the relevant subcategory (skilled worker, investor, partner, or freelance work).
  • Attach necessary documents and pay applicable fees.
  • Submit the request and receive notifications on application status.

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