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UAE: Golden Visa

Find out more information about the new Golden Visa regulations for UAE, including checking your eligibility and how to apply.

Recent changes to the UAE’s Golden Visa policies and long-term visit visas have made it possible for more people to utilise the system.

Golden Visa.

The Golden Visa is not linked to employment, unlike a regular job visa, so the holder may remain in the UAE. It is valid for ten years.


Golden Visas include advantages for immediate family members as well. The age at which a child may be sponsored by a holder of a Golden Visa or Green Residence visa has been raised from 18 to 25, and there is no age restriction for unmarried daughters.

What is UAE’s Golden Visa?

With the introduction of the UAE Golden Visa residency programme in 2019, foreigners can now live, work, and study in the country without the need for a national sponsor and with full ownership of any businesses they open on the country’s mainland.


More people from a wider range of occupations are now eligible to apply for the Golden Visa thanks to recent amendments that loosened the requirements for 10-year visas.

Updates to regulations

According to the new regulations, those who meet the eligibility requirements for the UAE Golden Visa will be given a 10-year residence permit. Eligible individuals include investors, business owners, exceptional talents, scientists and professionals, outstanding students and recent graduates, humanitarian pioneers, and frontline heroes.


Update: January 2024

Prospective property buyers are no longer required to submit a minimum down payment of Dh1 million to qualify for the Golden Visa, as the government has relaxed the requirements for real estate investors.


If the property’s value surpasses Dh2 million, owners who choose a payment plan or mortgage can seek the long-term visa. Regardless of the initial payment amount, owners are eligible to apply for the 10-year residency.

Are you eligible?

The UAE has unveiled a brand-new online tool to assist users in determining if they qualify for a Golden Visa. The tool, which can be found on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity & Citizenship, is a quick test that tells users if they qualify for a Golden Visa.


The quiz determines eligibility and can be completed in a few minutes and asks simple questions on the following:


  • Investments in the UAE
  • Work Responsibilities
  • Economic Impact

Steps to apply

Eligible candidates can apply for the Golden Visa using GDRFA-Dubai Smart Application. Here are the 6 steps they would need to follow:


Step 1 – Download the GDRFA-Dubai application through the authorized stores: Apple store/Play store

Step 2 – Register a new user account (in case there is no account registered)

Step 3 – Select the required service

Step 4 – Attach the required documents

Step 5 – Pay the fees due for the service

Step 6 – Submit the request

Eligible candidates can also apply for UAE’s Golden Visa through AMER Center. Here are the 6 steps that need to be followed:


Step 1 – Head to one of the service branches of the Amer Centers

Step 2 – Select the required service at the receptionist

Step 3 – Submit the required documents to the service employee

Step 4 – Checking documents

Step 5 – Pay the fees due for the service

Step 6 – Submit application


A text message and an email is sent to the applicant with the status of the application if there are missing documents, which are required to be updated within 30 days.

Additionally, applicants will receive text messages, along with notifications about the approval process.

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