The Emirati government will allow certain Ukrainian nationals to apply for a one-year residency visa.

Key Points:

  • As of April 12, Ukrainian nationals can apply for a one-year residency permit in the United Arab Emirates through Tasheel centers.
  • To be eligible for the one-year residency permit, Ukrainian nationals must have been present in the UAE before the war in Ukraine began and have a(n):
    • Copy of their passport with at least six months validity and a color headshot.
    • Medical report.
    • Copy of a health insurance policy.
    • Emirates ID application form to be completed at a Tasheel center.
  • Ukrainian nationals who have been in the UAE for more than 40 days are exempt from paying overstay fines.

Additional Information: Ukrainian nationals continue to have visa-free entry upon arrival in the UAE.

BAL Analysis: The UAE’s decision to offer one-year residence permits to eligible Ukrainian nationals is welcome news as authorities had previously announced they would not offer such protections. Ukrainian nationals who receive the one-year residency permit will be able to live and work in the UAE.

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