UAE officials prepare to finalise visa reforms for expat workers

Proposals include ten-year residency visas and 100% business ownership

UAE officials are putting the finishing touches on a series of visa reforms aimed at making life here much easier.

The country is set to introduce new measures such as a ten-year residency visa for certain people and jobs and allowing foreign investors to own 100 per cent of companies here.

The changes are designed to make the UAE a more attractive place to live and work.

This week, the board of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) approved a plan for implementing decisions made by the UAE Cabinet in May and June on the visa reforms.

It is hoped the changes will be in place by the end of this year.

Officials believe longer residency visas will attract more top talent here and make them feel more comfortable and secure.

Among those who would qualify are specialists in medical, scientific, research and technical fields.

Announcing the plans earlier this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted: “The UAE will remain an incubator for innovators and a hub for investors.

“Our open environment, tolerant values, infrastructure and flexible legislations constitute the best plan to attract global investments and exceptional talents.

“The UAE will remain a land of opportunities. It is the best environment to realise the dreams of humans and unleash their exceptional potentialities.”

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