The UAE's 'Golden visa' is a 10-year residency visa that allows foreign talents to live, work, and study in the UAE.
The UAE Golden Visa benefits include:
- An entry visa for six months with multiple entries to proceed with residence issuance
- Renewable residence visa valid for 10 years
- A self-sponsored visa, as there is no need for an employment sponsor
- Ability to stay outside the UAE for more than the usual restriction of six months in order to keep their residence visa valid
- Sponsoring their family members, including spouse and children regardless of their ages
- Sponsoring unlimited number of domestic helpers
- Allowing family members to stay in the UAE until the end of their permit duration, if the primary holder of the Golden visa passes away.
Which categories are eligible for the Golden Visa in the UAE?
Real estate investors can obtain a Golden visa in the UAE if they fulfil some certain conditions.
Entrepreneurs can obtain a Golden visa if they fulfil some certain conditions.
No matter their level of education, employment status, monthly salary, or level of expertise, exceptional talents in critical fields like culture, art, sports, and digital technology are eligible for a Golden visa. A federal or local government agency must recommend or approve the visa.
Scientists and professionals
On the basis of a recommendation from the Emirates Scientists Council, scientists and researchers with significant achievements and influence in their field may be eligible for the Golden visa. A candidate should have a PhD or a Master's degree from one of the top universities in the world in engineering, technology, the life sciences, or the natural sciences, as well as significant research accomplishments.
Professionals or highly skilled workers in all fields—including medicine, the sciences and engineering, information technology, business and administration, education, law, culture, and the social sciences—who have advanced degrees and professional experience are eligible for the Golden visa.:
High Performing Students and Graduates from UAE
The Golden visa is available to outstanding graduates from the top 100 universities worldwide and the UAE's top-performing secondary school students. The criteria include graduation year, university classification, and academic performance/cumulative average.
Humanitarian pioneers can get the Golden visa in the UAE as well.
Frontline Heroes in the UAE
The Golden visa is also available to frontline personnel who put forth extraordinary effort in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.