People outside the UAE can now apply for the country's six-month multiple-entry visa, an official from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) has said.
The six-month multiple-entry visit visa is meant for all categories of investors, entrepreneur, talented professionals and outstanding students interested in long-term residency visas.
The visit visa is renewable for another six months. Its aim is to give eligible applicants the opportunity to visit the country and review the facilities. They can then study their options before making a residency decision for themselves and their families.
The purpose of issuing the six-month validity visa with multiple travels is to enable those wishing to apply for a long term residency visas to visit UAE and explore the available opportunities"
"The purpose of issuing the six-month validity visa with multiple travels is to enable those wishing to apply for a long term residency visas to visit UAE and explore the available opportunities in terms of investment, scientific researches and creation," FAIC told Gulf News. Thus they can take the decision of applying for a residency visa or not.
The six-month multiple entry visas allows them to explore the local UAE markets and initiate their documentation works for the long-term visas.
Major-General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, director-general of foreigners affairs and ports at the FAIC, had previously told Khaleej Times that the six-month visa holders can also get their Emirates ID so that they can open bank accounts and register properties.
On May 15, the UAE announced three new services: a six-month visa with several trips to complete the procedures for residency of an investor, a six-month visa with several trips to complete long-term residency procedures for both entrepreneurs and outstanding students, a six-month visa with only one trip to complete the residency procedures for the talented individuals.
It received around 6,000 applications within 15 days of its announcements from investors and entrepreneurs in the first week of taking in applications for long-term residency visas.