UAE Residency Programme

UAE Residency Programme

The UAE has implemented In-bound residency programme systems for long-term residence stay. This system enables foreigners to live, work and study in the UAE without the need of a local sponsor in the UAE.

These visas will be issued ranging for 3 to 10 years and will be renewed automatically. We have listed below the types of visa services:

1. Golden visa – 10 years residence visas in the UAE

1.1 Investors in public and private investments of at least AED 10 million

The investment may take many forms such as:

  • A deposit of at least AED 10 million in an investment fund inside the country
  • Establishing a company in the UAE with a paid up capital of not less than AED 10 million
  • Partnering in an existing or a new company with a share value of not less than AED10 million
  • Having a total investment of not less than AED 10 million in all areas mentioned, on condition that the investment in sectors other than real estate is not less than 60 per cent of the total investment.

Conditions to apply:

Granting a visa is subject to the following conditions:

  • The amount invested must not be loaned.
  • The investment should be retained for at least three years.
  • There should be financial solvency up to AED 10 million.
  • Visa can be extended to include business partners, on the condition that each partner contributes AED 10 million.
  • The long-term visa can include the spouse and children
1.2 Persons with specialised talents recognized by the UAE

This includes specialised talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge such as doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors, as well as creative individuals in the field of culture and art. The visa advantage extends to the spouse and children. All categories are required to have a valid employment contract in a specialised field of a priority in the UAE.

Conditions to apply:

Granting a visa is subject to the following conditions:

  • Scientists must be accredited by Emirates Scientists Council or holders of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence.
  • Creative individuals in culture and art must be accredited by Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.
  • Inventors must obtain a patent of value, which adds to the UAE’s economy. Patents must be approved by Ministry of Economy.
  • Exceptional talents must be documented by patents or a scientific research published in a world-class journal.
  • Executives must be owners of a leading and internationally recognized company or holders of a high academic achievement and position.
  • Doctors and specialists must meet at least two of the following conditions:
    • a Ph. D. degree from one of the top 500 universities in the world
    • an award or certificates of appreciation in the field of the applicant’s work
    • contribution to major scientific research in the respective field of work
    • published articles or scientific books in distinguished publications in the respective field of work
    • a Ph. D. degree, as well as ten years of professional experience in his field
    • specialization in areas of priority to the UAE.

2. Invest in Property Visa

You can also get residency through Property Visa in UAE.

Investment Requirements & Visa tenure:

  • Investment amount – AED 750,000 eligible for 3 year UAE residency visa
  • Investment amount – AED Five Million eligible for 5 year UAE long term residence visa

Conditions to apply for an property visa

  • The investors will have to prove that that the amount is not loaned.
  • The property should be in a freehold area and you are the rightful owner.
  • If the property is in a leasehold area then you are not the rightful owner.
  • The list of properties those are acceptable for an investor visa include apartments, serviced apartments, townhouse, villas, office, hotel rooms, hotel apartments, and warehouse.
  • List of properties not acceptable for real estate visa includes off-plan property, leasehold property, and disputed property.

3. Retirement Visa

A retired expatriate, their spouse, and dependents can qualify for a 5-year residency visa with the possibility of renewal, as long as the retiree continues to meet the eligibility criteria.


  • You must be at least 55 years old
  • Applicant must have valid health insurance
  • You must fulfill one of the following financial criteria:
    1. Option A: AED 20,000 (approx. USD 5,500) monthly income from pension or previous employer OR
    2. Option B: AED 1 million (approx. USD 275,000) savings in a 3-year fixed deposit OR
    3. Option C: AED 2 million (approx. USD 550,000) unmortgaged property OR
    4. Option D: A combination of Options 2 and 3 valued at least AED 2 million (approx. USD 550,000) in a 3-year fixed deposit and unmortgaged property.

Documents required:

  • Valid Passport – must be valid for a minimum of 8 months with 3 blank visa pages
  • Photo – passport size, recently taken in white background
  • Eligibility evidence (Fulfilled as mentioned in requirements)
  • Copy of valid health insurance
  • Current home address
  • Mobile number

4. Remote Work Visa

The UAE cabinet approved Remote Work Visas scheme to enable employees from all over the world to work remotely from the UAE, to attract talents and expertise from all over the world. The one-year visa allows foreigners to enter the UAE on their own and work in accordance with the terms and conditions of the visa.


  • If you are an employee, you need to:
    • provide proof of employment with a contract valid for one year from your current employer
    • earn a salary of a minimum USD 5,000 per month
    • the salary slip for the last month and bank statements for the preceding three months.
    • if you are a company owner, you Valid health insurance covering your residency in UAE
    • valid health insurance covering your residency in UAE
  • If you are a company owner, you need to:
    • provide proof of ownership of company for one year or more
    • have an average monthly income of USD 5,000 per month
    • provide bank statements of the company’s account for the preceding three months
    • valid health insurance covering your residency in UAE

With this visa, you are also eligible to sponsor your family and have the benefits of residents including telecommunication, utilities, medical, and schooling.