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UAE Free Zone Visa Validity: Two Years

Updated 28th January 2024. (First published: 6th October 2022 under the title 'UAE Free Zone Visa Validity Reduced To Two Years.)

The validity of free zone visas was reduced from three years to two by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) in October 2022.

The change was applicable to all free zone visa-types: new visas, visa renewals and visa transfers. With immediate effect, it was no longer possible to process three year visas. Free zone visa applications that were under process at the time of the announcement were automatically converted to two year visas.

For individuals who already had a three-year free zone visa, or their visa processing was completed prior to the announcement, the validity remained unchanged. However, when that visa is renewed it's validity will be for two years.

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The introduction of free zone visa changes aligned with the commencement of the UAE's new residence visa, tourist visa, and entry visa options, which became effective on October 3, 2022.

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Focus on settling into the UAE, and let Gateway Group make your free zone visa process smooth and worry-free! And, when it's time for renewal, count on us to seamlessly take care of that too. Choose convenience; choose Gateway Group for your free zone visa processing needs today.

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Written by Jenny Hunt

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

FORBES' Top 100 Most Influential Women in the Middle East

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