New UAE Visa Rules 2023

Aimed at strengthening UAE’s position as an ideal destination to live, work, and invest in, the UAE cabinet has approved the executive regulations of the Federal Decree-Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners called the Advanced Visa System

The UAE has now introduced around ten types of new entry visas and residence permits and has expanded the Golden Visa categories. Having already come into effect, the new system of entry and residence has been introduced to attract and retain global talents and skilled workers from all over the world, boost the competitiveness and flexibility of the job market, and foster a high sense of stability among UAE residents and families.

Furthermore, the new visa and entry rules are specifically implemented as an incentive to empower Emirati SMEs and further develop the business sector in the UAE.

The UAE has recently also added a new service in the ICA system for issuing visas for a family group visiting the UAE for tourism, treatment, and accompanying a patient, whether for a single trip or multiple trips for a period of 60 days and 180 days.

The UAE continues its stride in becoming the ideal destination for work, investment, entrepreneurship, education, and life by introducing a restructuring of its entry and residence system. The UAE has implemented new visa rules that introduce new types of entry visas and residence permits, expand the Golden and Green Visa categories, and more.

Latest news about new UAE visa rules

According to the recent resolution passed by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security, residents of the neighbouring border countries of the UAE can obtain an entry visa at border-entry points for a 90-day period. They will be allowed to enter the UAE multiple times as long as the visa is still valid, but they cannot stay for a period not exceeding 48 hours every time nor work in the UAE with or without pay.

The resolution also clarifies that entry visas remain valid for 60 days from the date of issuance and allow the holder to stay in the country in accordance with the type of visa issued.

Moreover, it confirms that the holders of the Green visas and Godlen visas and their families will be exempted from the automatic cancellation of their residence visas even if they stay outside the country for more than 180 days.