The United Arab Emirates has announced the Green Visa Scheme, a work and study permit for migrants which enables them to work in the country without being initially sponsored by an employer. The sponsorship requirement has been crucial for a worker or student to obtain a visa in the UAE up until now.

Furthermore, the green visa project, which has been launched in a bid to attract foreign workers, investors, and students, will enable the holders to sponsor their parents and children up to 25 years old, VisaGuide.World reports.

“It targets highly skilled individuals, investors, business people, entrepreneurs, as well exceptional students and postgraduates,” said the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Thani al-Zeyoudi for Mint.

The government will also allow people who lost their jobs to stay in the country for up to six months, and foreigners aged 15 and older are eligible to apply.

“For students in the UAE, who are 15 years and above, and want to work in certain sectors and gain experience, they will be allowed to work and be granted visas. We are also relaxing the grace period one gets to leave the country after being made redundant. Instead of the previous 30 days, people will have 90 to 180 days to leave the country,” the minister added.

Moreover, the country has announced 50 new projects which intend to grow the country’s economy at a time when it has already been facing hardships due to low price oil in recent years, which exacerbated further with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Previously the country also established the “Golden Visa” program, which was designated for high-income individuals and highly skilled workers. This program, which enables migrants to obtain a ten-year residency by investing a particular amount of money, was later launched in UAE’s neighboring countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

As VisaGuide.World reported, a few months ago, UAE authorized employees to live and work in the country for one year, as the government launched its remote visa permit and the multiple-entry tourist visa, for which all nations in the world are eligible.

“During a cabinet meeting I chaired, we approved a new Remote Work Visa that enables employees from all over the world to work remotely from the UAE even if their companies are based in another country,” Sheikh Mohammed had stated.

The Remote Work Visa program permits citizens from all countries to work remotely for the UAE, whereas throughout the one-year visa scheme, internationals are allowed to enter the country and work under this permit’s terms and conditions.

In addition, the country, which consists of seven independent city-states, now ranks 23rd on international lists for the retention of talent.