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What are the UAE Golden visas?

December 1, 2021 | Business, Immigration, News, Travel

The UAE introduced long-term residence visas called “Golden Visas”enabling visa holders to live, work and study in the UAE without being sponsored. The Golden Visas are issued for 5 or 10 years. 

5-year visa

In order to be eligible for the 5-year visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Investors:

  •  Invest in property of no less than AED 5 million
  • The money used to invest in the property should not be via loans
  • The property must be retained for at least 3 years

Entrepreneurs:

  • Have an existing project with a minimum of AED 500K or;
  • Have approval from an accredited business incubator in the UAE

Students:

  • Obtain a minimum grade of 95% in public and private secondary schools
  • Gain a distinction GPA of at least 3.75 on graduation

10-year visa

In order to be eligible for the 10-year visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Investors:

  • Invest in at least AED 10 million
  • Hold a deposit of at least AED 10 million within an investment fund in the UAE or;
  • Establish a company in the UAE using at least AED 10 million or;
  • Obtain shares in a new or existing company of at least AED 10 million
  • The amount invested must not be loaned
  • Investment purchases should be kept for at least 3 years

This visa is also available for family members.

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The information provided does not amount to legal advice.