Established in 2019, the UAE Golden Visa is a long-term residence visa which enables foreign talents to live, work or study in the UAE while enjoying exclusive benefits. Investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, outstanding students and graduates, humanitarian pioneers and frontline heroes are among those eligible for the Golden Visa.
The UAE is well known for its solid economy attributed to its strategic location, strong financial reserves, large sovereign wealth fund, consistent government spending on infrastructure, progressive economic policies and increased foreign direct investment (FDI).
There are several key advantages for those applying to the UAE Golden Visa Programme, including:
The UAE Golden Visa provides an efficient route to a renewable visa providing long-term residence in the UAE, enabling foreign talents to live, work or study in the UAE and any of the seven emirates of the UAE, while enjoying exclusive benefits. In addition, the Programme gives residency to these categories and their family members.
Requirements for the Golden visa depend on the type of residence, whether investor, talent, entrepreneur, etc.
Investors in public investments
If you invest in an investment fund, you may be granted a Golden Visa for a period of ten years without a sponsor, subject to the:
Additionally, you must:
Real estate investors
If you own a property or a group of properties, you may be granted a Golden Visa for a period of 5 years, renewable on the same conditions and without a sponsor subject to the:
If you are an entrepreneur, you may get a Golden Visa for a period of 5 years if you own an economic project of a technical or future nature based on risk and innovation. In addition, you must have an approval letter from each of the following:
Outstanding specialised talents
If you have an outstanding specialised talent, you may get a Golden visa for ten years.
Outstanding specialised talents include:
Path to Citizenship
There is no standardised path to citizenship through the UAE Golden Visa Programme. The only possibility is through allowance of citizenship by discretion through the Nationality Act, which needs to come from the rulers of the United Arab Emirates.
Step 1: Choose an Investment:
One of the most significant steps is to determine the investment path, whether you will make a direct investment in public investments, real estate or apply as an entrepreneur.
Step 2: Invest the Funds:
Make the required capital investment amount based on the investment route chosen.
Step 3: Source of Funds Verification:
Prepare documentation to prove that the investment funds were obtained through lawful means such as employment, business ownership, investments, inheritance, gift, etc.
Step 4: Application Form:
Applications must be accompanied by the appropriate fees and supporting documents.
Step 5: Due Diligence and payment of service fees.
Step 6: Application Submission.
Step 7: Initial Approval:
Pending initial approval of the application, the successful applicant receives a six-month multiple-entry visa.
Step 8: Complete the Golden Residency Procedures:
Applicants must travel to the UAE and apply for an ID card and undergo a medical check.
Step 9: Final Approval:
Once final approval is granted, successful applicants receive the residence visa.
The processing time for the residence application takes over eight weeks.
Who is eligible to apply?
Investors wishing to apply for the must possess sufficient funds to make the investment as well as have the documentation to prove that all investment capital is legally sourced. They should also have a clean criminal record.
Which family members can I include in my application?
Applicants may sponsor their family members, including spouses and children regardless of their ages as well as an unlimited number of domestic helpers.
Is there a physical presence requirement?
Yes, during the application process, applicants are required to travel to the UAE to apply for an ID card and undergo a medical check. Once the application is successful and applicants have received their residency, residing outside the UAE will not nullify the visa.
How long does the application take to process?
The processing time for the residence application takes approximately eight weeks.
What is the duration of the residence permit?
Successful applicants receive a long-term, renewable residence visa valid for five or ten years.
Is this programme for me?
The following persons may be a good fit for the Programme: