UAE visa: Residents to get up to a 180-day grace period after losing a job

Expats will have up to a 180-day grace period to stay in the country. This has been applauded by multiple publishers in UAE after the announcement of the project ‘projects of the 50’ on Sunday 5th. Based on humanitarian grounds, UAE has announced Visa relief to Expats from 30 days to up to 180 days. Expats who lose their jobs will soon be able to stay in the country for up to 6 months as part of the leadership’s new reforms announced on Sunday.

Currently, the stipulated law allows employees to leave the country within 30 days. This law will be relaxed to six months after which expats have to change their status.

180-day grace period

This announcement brings a major relief to employees as it will give them ample time to search for another job. For the UAE, it will help retain the talent within the country.

“We are 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,” said

Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade.

One of the key legislative changes being introduced as part of ‘Projects of the 50’ is a restructuring of the entry and residency system, which is being upgraded to confirm the UAE’s position as an ideal destination for work, investment, entrepreneurship, education and life.
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This was announced as part of reforms for the Year of the 50th to retain the talent in the country.


Other specific regulatory changes include:

  • Extension of business trip permits from 3 months to 6 months
  • – Sponsorship of parents under the visa of direct family members
  • – One-year residency extension for humanitarian cases
  • – Extension of children’s age limit on parents’ residency from 18 to 25 years
  • – Extension of grace period upon job loss or retirement to 90-180 days

The measures aim to enhance the competitiveness and flexibility of the UAE labor market, facilitate sector growth, spur knowledge transfer and skills development, and create greater stability and security for residents.
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The 180-day grace period has been applauded all over the world and has invited multiple articles across the world. This major announcement comes barely less than 25 days to the long-awaited Dubai EXPO2020

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