Golden Visa UAE Residency Services for Outstanding Individuals

The UAE introduced a new long-term visa system in 2019 called the Golden Visa, allowing foreign nationals to live, work, and study in the country. The 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. This initiative aimed to attract more foreign residents, particularly to Dubai.

To learn about the eligibility requirements and benefits of the UAE’s Golden Visa, consult with experienced UAE residency services consultants at Horizon Biz Consultancy today.

What is the UAE’s Golden Visa?

The UAE’s ‘Golden visa’ is a long-term residence visa offering a range of advantages for eligible foreigners, including:

  • A six-month multiple-entry visa for entry, followed by the issuance of a long-term, renewable 10-year residence visa.
  • The freedom to live and work in the UAE without the need for a sponsor.
  • The ability to maintain a valid residence visa even while staying outside the UAE for more than six months.
  • The ability to sponsor family members, including spouses and
  • The provision for family members to continue living in the UAE until the end of their visa duration, even if the primary visa holder passes away.children of any age, as well as an unlimited number of domestic helpers.

Understanding the Eligibility Criteria for UAE’s Golden Visa Program

Requirements for the Golden visa depend on the type of residence, whether investor, talent, entrepreneur, etc.

Investors in Public Investments

Investors in public investments can obtain a 10-year Golden Visa without a sponsor subject to meeting the following requirements:

  1. Submission of a letter from an investment fund accredited in the UAE confirming that the investor has a deposit of AED two million
  2. You must provide a letter from the land department of the respective emirate confirming that you own one or more properties valued at a minimum of 2 million dirhams.
  3. You must purchase a property using a loan from specific local banks approved by the competent local entity.
  4. Submission of a valid commercial or industrial license with a memorandum of association stating that the investor’s capital is not less than AED two million or
  5. Submission of a letter from the Federal Tax Authority confirming that the investor pays the government no less than AED 250,000 annually. In addition to the above, the investor must:
  6. Own the invested capital entirely, without any loans and
  7. Provide proof of medical insurance for themselves and their family (if applicable).

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Real Estate Investors

If you own property or a group of properties, you may be eligible for a Golden visa for a 5-year period, which is renewable subject to the same conditions and without a sponsor. The following requirements must be met:

  1. You must provide a letter from the land department of the respective emirate confirming that you own one or more properties valued at a minimum of 1 million dirhams.
  2. You must purchase a property using a loan from specific local banks approved by the competent local entity.

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Entrepreneurs who own an economic project of a technical or future nature based on risk and innovation may be eligible for a Golden visa lasting for a period of 5 years, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The project value is not less than 500,000 dirhams, as stated in an auditor’s letter in the UAE.
  2. The project must be of a technical or future nature, as approved by the authorities in the emirate
  3. The proposed activity must be established in the country through an accredited business incubator in the UAE, as confirmed by an approval letter.

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Outstanding Specialized Talents

The Golden visa is also available for individuals who possess outstanding specialized talents, which include the following categories:

  • Doctors
  • Scientists
  • Creative individuals in
  • culture and art
  • Inventors
  • Executives
  • Specialists in scientific
  • fields
  • Athletes
  • Doctoral degree holders
  • Specialists in engineering and science fields

Engineering and science fields that fall under this category are:

  • Epidemiology and viruses
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data
  • Computer engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Genetics and biotechnology engineering

To obtain the Golden visa, applicants must demonstrate their exceptional skills and meet the specific requirements for their respective category.

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Doctors and Scientists

  • For doctors, a Golden visa can be obtained by providing an approval letter from the Ministry of Health and Prevention in the UAE allowing the practice of medicine.
  • For scientists, a Golden visa can be obtained by providing a letter of recommendation from the Emirates Council of Scientists or a letter from the Secretariat of the Mohammed bin Rashid Medal for Scientific

Excellence indicating that the applicant has been awarded the Medal of Scientific Excellence.

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  • Letter of recommendation from the Ministry of Economy suggesting your patent has added value to the country’s economy

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Creative People in the Fields of Culture and Art

  • An approval letter from the department of culture and arts in the respective emirate.

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Executive Directors

To be eligible for the Golden visa based on executive category, you must provide the following documents:

  • A copy of a university degree that is accredited by the Ministry of Education with educational attainment not less than a bachelor’s degree
  • A letter of experience with a minimum of 5 years in the same position
  • A salary certificate with a minimum salary of AED 30,000
  • A valid work contract with salary above 30,000 AED
  • Last 6 months mentioning salary above AED 30,000 is getting credited to the account of application every month

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Specialists in Engineering and Science

  • A copy of a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree certified by Ministry of Education and a work contract.

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Outstanding Students

High School Students

High school students who are national-level toppers with a minimum grade of 95 per cent in public or private secondary school may be eligible for a Golden visa for five years without a sponsor.
To apply, they must submit a recommendation letter from the Ministry of Education (Emirates Schools Establishment). The duration of the Golden visa for students is five years, and it may be extended if the student enrolls in a major or college in the country that requires a study period of more than five years.

University Students

Outstanding university students may be eligible for a 10-year Golden visa without a sponsor, subject to the following conditions:

  • The university must have a rating of either A or B class by the Ministry of Education.
  • The student must provide a recommendation letter from the university, an accredited graduation certificate, or an accredited academic record indicating a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.5 for A class universities and 3.8 for B class universities.
  • The student must have graduated no more than two years prior to the application.

Foreign university students who excel in their studies may be eligible for a Golden visa valid for 10 years without a sponsor, given that the following conditions are met:

  1. The university must be among the top 100 universities worldwide, as recognized by the Ministry of Education’s rating system.
  2. The student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) is not less than 3.5.
  3. No more than 2 years have passed since the student’s graduation.
  4. The graduation certificate is accredited by the Ministry of Education.

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Pioneers of Humanitarian Work

f you have made significant contributions in the field of humanitarian work, you may be eligible for a Golden visa that is valid for 10 years. To qualify as a pioneer of humanitarian work, you must belong to one of the following categories:

  1. Individuals who have worked for at least five years in international or regional organizations and have made exceptional contributions to the field of humanitarian work.
  2. Individuals who have worked for at least five years in civil associations and public interest institutions, and have made significant contributions to the field of humanitarian work.
  3. Individuals who have received recognition for their exceptional work in the field of humanitarian work from a local, regional or international organization.
  4. Individuals who have provided funding for humanitarian work, provided that the value of the support is not less than two million UAE dirhams or its equivalent.

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Frontline Heroes

Individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts on the front lines during crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, may also be eligible for a Golden visa with a recommendation from a competent authority. Examples of frontline heroes include nurses, medical assistants, lab technicians, pharmacologists, and other approved cadres recognized by the Frontline Heroes Office.

Expert UAE Residency Services for Horizon Biz Consultancy

Are you seeking to obtain a UAE Golden Visa and need professional assistance navigating the complex requirements?

Look no further than Horizon Biz Consultancy, your expert partner for UAE residency services. Our experienced team will guide you through the entire process, from document preparation to submission, ensuring a smooth and efficient Golden Visa application.

With our help, you can achieve your dream of obtaining a long-term residency in the UAE. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you obtain your Golden Visa.

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The UAE Golden Visa is a long-term 10 year residency visa. Key benefits are the ability to stay in UAE without a sponsor, own properties/cars, access educational & health facilities etc.

There are three types – General investor visa, Real estate investor visa, Entrepreneur/Talented professionals visa. There are also Golden Visas for outstanding students and frontline pandemic workers.

Broad eligibility criteria include – investing in UAE real estate, establishing/participating in a UAE company, having specialized talents, demonstrating exceptional academic performance etc.

The UAE Golden Visa is valid for 10 years from date of issuance. It is automatically renewed provided holders stay within UAE for at least 6 months in a year.

Documents like passport copies, photographs, proof of eligibility criteria (eg property title deed, company ownership document, educational certificate etc) are required.

Government fees start from AED150,000 but can vary based on visa type. Our consultancy fees for application support start from AED 8,000.

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