How Skilled Workers and Freelancers Can Get UAE Green Visas

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How Skilled Workers and Freelancers Can Get UAE Green Visas

The UAE Green Visa is the best choice for people who want to relocate to the UAE but are not bound to a particular company. With this visa, the bearer is able to support themselves for a period of five years without the help of an employer or UAE national.

The purpose of this visa, according to the Abu Dhabi Residents Office (ADRO), is to increase the employment market’s flexibility and draw top talent from around the world. The UAE Green Visa offers various advantages for the visa holder’s family in addition to being a long-term alternative for residency.

Eligible Individuals

The UAE Green Visa is open to self-employed individuals, skilled workers, investors, and independent contractors.


  • It is no longer necessary to have a job to remain in the UAE.
  • Sons up to the age of 25 and unmarried daughters of any age are eligible for sponsorship.
  • After the 5-year validity, there is an additional grace period of six months.

Documents Required for Self-Employed or Freelancers

  • A licence for independent work or self-employment from the Ministry of Human Resources.
  • A bachelor’s degree or other specialised diploma is evidence of emiratization.
  • Evidence of self-employment income over the last two years totaling at least AED 360,000 or proof of financial stability during their time in the UAE.

Required Documents from Skilled Workers

  • A legal contract of employment.
  • According to the Ministry of Human Resources, must fall within the first, second, or third occupational level.
  • A degree that is at least the equivalent of a bachelor’s.
  • A monthly salary of at least 15,000 AED.

Investors Must Provide Documents

  • Approval from the Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP) Federal Authority.
  • Investment documentation.
  • Approval from other regional authorities.

How to Apply

Visit the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai website or get the app.

  • Create an account.
  • Select the green residency option under the services heading.
  • Select the appropriate subcategory, such as skilled worker, partner, freelancer, or investor.
  • Include the required paperwork.
  • Make the AED 2,280 payment.
  • Submit the request.
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