Longer grace periods after residency expiry for families in UAE


Families in UAE
New rules to come into force starting next month

The United Arab Emirates has amended its laws those including visas for families in UAE. The new laws will come into effect from next month. This is to make the country more attractive for skilled expatriates.

Earlier the UAE CABINET announced more benefits are offered to facilitate family members residence. After residence permits are cancelled or expired, residents will get “longer flexible grace periods that reach up to six months” to stay in the country.

Its not immediately clear if this applies to all residency types.

Below are the key changes to note for you to sponsor your family in the UAE.

  • Green Visa

Under the five-year Green Visa for Investors, which doesn’t require a sponsor or employer, the individual can bring the family for five years now. The previous rule allowed only for two years. Green Visa is applicable for skilled workers, self-employed and freelancers etc.

  • Golden Visa

The 10-year visa holder can sponsor his/her families in UAE without age restrictions. Also, the number of years they and their families can stay outside the UAE to keep the validity of the visa has been removed.

  • Sons & daughters sponsorship extended

The new UAE visa rules allow parents to sponsor their sons till the age of 25, unlike 18 years earlier. While unmarried daughters can be sponsored for an indefinite period and disabled children get a special permit.

  • Humanitarian cases

A residence permit will be issued for a female resident whose husband passed away and she has a child or more. It will also applicable to the parents of children of UAE citizens who hold foreign passports.


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