New visa rules for dependents are announced

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Good news for anyone with older kids – the UAE has changed its rules on visas for dependents.

Now UAE residents can renew the residency visas of their children after they leave education for up to two consecutive years for only AED 100.

Free tourist visas for under-18s were also announced, starting today (15th July).

Expatriate parent in the UAE can sponsor sons up to the age of 18 years.

The new guidelines for residents, issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), apply to graduates who have completed their secondary or university education and are over 18.

The permit is valid for one year and can be renewed for an additional year. Previously people had to pay a AED 5,000 deposit for an appeal.

Now the process will cost only AED 100 and can be done through residency and naturalisation offices or other government-approved firms.

The ICA has also abolished visa charges for under-18s visiting Dubai with their parents over the summer. The visa fee waiver applies from July to September.

It’s the latest in a number of changes to the UAE’s visa system. In May 2019, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the country’s first continuous visa scheme.

First to be enrolled to the ‘golden card’ were 6,800 business people whose investments exceed AED 100 billion.

In November 2018, the UAE Cabinet approved long-term residency visas for to “investors, entrepreneurs, specialised talents and researchers in the fields of science…and outstanding students,” making it easier for foreign workers and students to build a life in the UAE.

There are stringent conditions for applications, including holding a PhD degree from one of the top 500 universities in the world, for specialised researchers to gain a 10-year residency visa.

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