Five categories of visa holders get relief after visa expiration in UAE

The relief was granted to complete the official formalities and explore other job opportunities. Photo: iStock/Devasahayam Chandra Dhas

The UAE has given the nod for five categories of visa holders to stay back for six more months even after their visas had expired. People who got relief include Golden visa holders, Green visa holders, widows or divorced women, students who completed studies with university or college visas and skilled professionals classified by the Ministry of Human Resources. The family members of the Golden and Green visa holders could also get the benefit. The relief was granted to complete the official formalities and explore other job opportunities.

Green visa
UAE introduced the Green Visa - a self-sponsored residence visa recently and it is valid for up to five years. A handful of criteria need to be fulfilled to apply for this visa. As per the notification published by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP), entrepreneurs, freelancers, and skilled workers can apply for this visa. An entry permit of sixty days would be granted to a foreigner to come to UAE and complete the visa procedure.

Golden visa
A long-term residency visa issued by the United Arab Emirates to attract skilled professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, and talented individuals to live and work in the country, the golden visa was introduced as part of the UAE government's efforts to promote economic diversification and attract foreign investment. It offers recipients and their families the opportunity to reside in the UAE for a longer duration without the need for a local sponsor. It typically grants a residency period of 5 or 10 years, renewable upon expiration, depending on the category and eligibility criteria.

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