Unlocking Freedom: 4 Criteria for Applying for the UAE Green Visa as a Skilled Worker

Unlocking Freedom: 4 Criteria for Applying for the UAE Green Visa as a Skilled Worker

Dreaming of calling the UAE your home and workplace? The UAE Green Visa offers skilled professionals the opportunity to reside in the country for five years, liberating them from the need for an employer or sponsor.

If you’re eyeing the Green Visa as a working professional in the UAE, here are four essential requirements you need to consider.

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Recently, on February 20th, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP) of the UAE outlined the eligibility criteria for this long-term visa on their social media platforms.

So, what exactly is the Green Visa? It’s a newly introduced five-year, self-sponsored visa by the ICP, enabling individuals to also sponsor their family members for the same duration. This visa empowers skilled workers to secure a residence permit, commonly known as a residence visa, allowing them to work in the UAE independently, without the need for a sponsor or employer.

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According to the ICP, a foreigner can obtain a residence permit if they meet the criteria of being a skilled worker, aligning with the professional classifications and standards set by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

To qualify for a Green Residence permit as a skilled worker, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Secure a work permit in the country under a valid employment contract.
  2. Be categorized as a skilled worker in the first, second, or third professional level approved by MOHRE.
  3. Possess at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in education.
  4. Maintain a monthly salary of at least Dh15,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies.

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By fulfilling these criteria, skilled workers can pave their way to obtaining the UAE Green Visa, unlocking newfound freedom and flexibility in their professional journey.

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