Company directors, executives, engineers, professionals and technicians in scientific, technical and human fields will be among the UAE workers who can apply for the five-year green visa from September 5.

Green visas will be available to people with bachelor’s degrees who earn Dh15,000 ($4,084) or more a month as part of sweeping changes to attract new talent to the UAE and encourage residents to stay longer.

The visa offers a five-year residency without the need for an employer or a sponsor and allows holders to bring first-degree relatives to the country for the duration of their stay.

Investors and business partners in a commercial business, freelancers and highly skilled workers are eligible for the green visa.

The green visa was approved by the UAE Cabinet, as per Decision No 65 for 2022.

People outside the country who want to apply for a green visa can ask for a 60-day entry work permit to come to the UAE and complete the application on arrival.

Green visa for skilled workers

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has nine different skill levels of jobs, in line with the International Standard Classification of Occupations.

Skill levels of jobs in the UAE

Skill levels of jobs

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) classifies employment into 9 skill levels according to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) issued by the International Labour Organization. These levels are:

Level 1: Legislators, managers, and business executives

Level 2: Professionals in scientific, technical and human fields

Level 3: Technicians in scientific, technical and humanitarian fields

Level 4: Writing professionals

Level 5: Service and sales occupations

Level 6: Skilled workers in agriculture, fisheries and animal husbandry

Level 7: Craftsmen in construction, mining, and other craftsmen

Level 8: Operators and assemblers of machinery and equipment

Level 9: Simple professions.

Labour is classified as skilled work if it fulfils all the conditions listed below:

  1. The worker must be at a professional level (one amongst first to fifth level mentioned above)
  2. The worker has obtained a certificate higher than the secondary certificate or an equivalent certificate
  3. The certificate must be attested by the competent authorities
  4. The monthly salary (excluding commission) of the worker must not be less than AED 4,000.

*Text provided by MoHRE

Green visa for investors and business partners

The green visa for investors is given to those establishing or participating in commercial activities. It replaces the previous residence that was valid for two years.

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security can grant the green visa after it receives approval of the investment from the relevant local authority and proof of investment from the investor or business person.

If the investor has more than one license, the total invested capital will be calculated.

Can the holder of green visa sponsor people?

The green visa holder can sponsor residency for first-degree relatives for five years.

The duration of residency for the first-degree relatives (spouse, sons, daughters and parents) will be the same as that of the holder of the green visa.

Previously, this was typically allowed for two or three years.

Dependents are granted a 30-day grace period from the date of expiry or cancellation of their visa to obtain a new residence permit. 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.

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