ISLAMABAD: UAE’s new visa rules will come into force on October 3. Among the major changes, which were approved by the Cabinet in April, are longer visit visas for tourists, long-term residency for sought-after professionals and easy access to the 10-year golden visa initiative.
Golden visa holders who stay outside the country will not have their permits cancelled.
People who cancel their residency visas will have a six-month grace period to stay in the country. Previously, people were allowed only one month.
The visa changes represent one of the biggest shake-ups of the country’s immigration policy in years.
The new visas include a standard 60-day entry permit, rather than 30 days at present, and a five-year, multi-entry tourist visa that allows visitors to stay in the country for up to 90 days in a row, The National UAE reported.