Foreigners eligible for long-term residency in the UAE can now apply online for a six-month entry permit to complete any paperwork needed to secure a five or 10-year visa.
The application is part of the process in completing procedures related to the expat’s purpose of residence, which will enable them to finalise their immigration process in the UAE.
The following categories of foreign nationals can now lodge an application through the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship’s website – entrepreneurs, investors, individuals with exceptional talents and outstanding students.
Applications must be supported with a proof of long-term residence eligibility and a fee of AED300, a statement said.
The move follows an announcement by the UAE Cabinet in March to approve the regulatory framework for the issuance of 10-year residence permits to investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.
The UAE government has granted the first batch of long-term visas to the winners and finalists of the Mohammed bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Distinction.
In November, the UAE Cabinet issued a decision to adopt a new long-term system of entry visas for investors and professional talents.
The system will grant investors and talents up to 10-year residency visas for specialists in medical, scientific, research and technical fields, as well as for all scientists and innovators, as well as five-year residency visas for students studying in the UAE, and 10-year visas for exceptional students.