Your guide to UAE’s upcoming visa reforms

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The UAE's expanded visa and immigration rules will come into effect in early September, providing more flexibility and greater benefits.

The regulations that were first announced by the government in April, are aimed at making the UAE a more attractive place to live, work and invest in.

Murtaza Khan, Managing Partner at Fragomen Middle East spoke to ARN News about the upcoming changes, and how they offer more benefits to visitors, residents, professionals and investors.

The new rules expand the eligibility criteria for certain visas, while also offering new entry permits and residence visas with simplified procedures.

Khan said one of the most closely watched categories include the five-year Green Visa for skilled professionals, freelancers, investors and entrepreneurs.

He also explained how the amendments will allow parents living in the UAE to sponsor their sons up to the age of 25.

The Golden Visa scheme will also see substantial changes following an expansion in the eligibility criteria.

Although the new regulations are expected to be officially enforced in September, it could take some time before all the changes are fully implemented.

Murtaza Khan spoke to ARN News about the likely timeline.

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