UAE ‘green visa’ holders can sponsor sons till they are 25

Dubai: The UAE on Sunday announced the launch of a new resident visa category—Green visa—that allows residents to sponsor their parents and children [up to the age of 25 years instead 18 years in the case of sons].The green visa will not be linked to work permits from companies and targets highly-skilled people, investors, entrepreneurs, top students and graduates, announced Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade announced.

He also announced the launch of another category of ‘Freelance Visa’ to attract special talents to the country.In Green visas, the person [holding the visa] is going to be self-dependent and he is not going to be attached to companies and he can sponsor parents and children up to 25 years instead of 18 years,” Dr Al Zeyoudi later told reporters.

Freelance visas will be granted to owners of independent businesses, or self-employed individuals.