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UAE Free Zone Visa Validity Reduced To Two Years

6th October 2022

It has been announced by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) that the validity of free zone visas has been reduced from three years to two.

With immediate effect, it is no longer possible to process three year visas. Notifications from the various free zone authorities across the UAE state that any visa applications currently under process will automatically be converted to two years. This important update is applicable to all visa-types in the free zones: new visas, visa renewals and visa transfers.

For those individuals who have an existing three-year visa or their visa processing was completed prior to the announcement, the validity will remain unchanged; but when that visa is renewed in the future, the validity will only be for two years.

New UAE Residence Visas and Entry Visas come into effect

The announcement of the change to the free zone visas coincides with the UAE's new residence visa, tourist visa and entry visa options coming into effect on 3rd October 2022.

Earlier this year it was announced that the UAE was overhauling its visas for expatriate residents and visitors. See our previous articles with full information about the new resident visas and entry visas:

NEW - UAE's 10 Residency Options

Visiting The UAE Is About To Get Much Easier - 10 Entry Visa Types

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With offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Gateway Group helps international companies and individuals with their business setup in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We are the authority on arranging the following:

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Founded and headed up by British husband and wife team, Nathan and Jenny Hunt, Gateway operates with it's core values at heart: Honesty. Trust. Integrity. Gateway Group does what's in the best interests of it's clients, rather it's bottom line. Just like our clients, Nathan and Jenny invested their own money into their UAE businesses, so they fully appreciate what a big investment a trade license is, and understand your anxieties, because they have been in your position themselves.

Based on Gateway Group's own first-hand experience and knowledge of living and working in the UAE, setting up companies, and building relationships, we are able to offer unique insight and guidance to help our clients successfully start doing business in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

We value long-term relationships which is reflected in our incredible client AND employee retention, which is one of our strongest assets, and extremely rare in our industry. We haven't lost a member of staff to date.

Founding Partner, Jenny Hunt, has been setting up businesses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for over 10 years and is ranked in FORBES' Top 100 Most Influential Women In The Middle East!

For your international expansion into the UAE, choose Gateway Group for the best company formation experience and visa processing in the UAE.

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Written by Jenny Hunt

Founder Gateway Group, Abu Dhabi & Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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