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How UAE’s New Green Visa Will Foster Young Talent in the Country

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai at Art Dubai 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Art Dubai

The UAE has announced several new visa amendments and expansions starting with a new Green Visa for freelancers. The document will enable them to sponsor themselves, as well as their parents and children up to the age of 25. Eligible individuals include highly skilled residents, top students, and entrepreneurs, among others. The increased age for dependents would enable young residents to remain in the UAE while they explore creative, educational, or entrepreneurial avenues.

Apart from the Green Visa, a new type of visa will also be made available for students aged 15 and above looking to gain work experience in certain sectors. The amended visa provisions have been included with the aim of establishing the UAE as an ideal destination for work, education, and entrepreneurship for individuals across all fields and specializations. The existing Golden Visa provisions will also be expanded to add in managers, CEOs, and residents who are specialists in their fields and will have a streamlined process for applying for the same.

 

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These visa amendments are a part of Projects of the 50, a new set of initiatives launched in line with the UAE’s 50th National Day this year. In a press conference held on Sunday, UAE ministers and senior officials including Her Excellency Sarah Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology announced the first set of projects, which also include national initiatives to support emerging Emirati companies and boost the quality of national products.

Recently, Dubai Culture introduced a 10 year cultural visa scheme for those in creative industries. Additionally, Abu Dhabi Art has also introduced Friends of Abu Dhabi Art, an all-encompassing initiative that aims to support emerging creatives in the Abu Dhabi art scene.

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