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All you need to know about the new Golden visa updates

From the 3rd of October, the new visa rules and regulations will be updated. The recent expansions of both the golden and green visa schemes broaden the scope of eligible applications now able to apply for the respective 10 and 5-year visa categories.

What is a Golden Visa?

In 2019, the UAE introduced a new system for long-term residence visas called Golden Visa’s. The new visa classification enables foreigners to live, work and study in the UAE without the need of a national sponsor and with 100 per cent ownership of their business on the UAE’s mainland. These visas will be issued for 5 or 10 years and will be renewed automatically.

What does the Golden Visa offer?

The Golden Visa system essentially offers long-term residency (5 and 10 years) to people belonging to the following groups: investors, entrepreneurs, individuals with outstanding talents the likes of researchers, medical professionals and those within the scientific and knowledge fields, and remarkable students.

The main benefit of the visa will be security as through the issuance of the Golden Visa, the UAE government has made it clear that they are committed to providing expatriates, investors and essentially everyone looking to make the UAE their home an extra reason to feel secure about their future.

Updated Benefits

There are already a number of excellent benefits that come with holding a Golden Visa, additionally the new rules will allow the Golden Visa holder to sponsor his/ her family members, including spouse and children with no age limit. There is now also no limit on the amount of support services (domestic) labourers that can be sponsored.

The cancellation of golden visas if the holder stays more than six months outside the country has been removed, and people who cancel their residency visas will have a six-month grace period to stay in the country. Previously, people were allowed one month.

There are other benefits for family members that allow them to stay in the UAE in the event of the death of the original holder of the Golden Residence until the end of their permit duration.

Updated Golden Visa Catergories

Golden Visa for scientists: The UAE Golden Visa will be granted to scientists and researchers with high achievements and influence in their field based on the recommendation from the Emirates Scientists Council. The candidate must have a PhD or a Master’s degree in the disciplines of engineering, technology, life sciences, or natural sciences from the best universities in the world, as well as substantial research achievements.

Golden Visa for professionals: Professionals or highly-skilled workers with high educational qualifications and professional experience in all disciplines, including medicine, sciences and engineering, information technology, business and administration, education, law, culture and social sciences can get the Golden visa if they:

  • have a valid employment contract in the UAE

  • are classified in the first or second occupational level as per the classification of Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

  • have a monthly salary of not be less than AED 30,000.

Golden Visa for exceptional talents: The UAE Golden Residence visa will be granted to top talents in vital fields. It will be awarded based on talent only regardless of the educational qualification, employment status, monthly salary, or professional level. It requires the recommendation or approval of a federal or local government entity and includes talented individuals in culture, art, sports, digital technology, inventors, and innovators in other vital fields.

Golden Visa for real estate investors: Real estate investors can obtain Golden Residence when purchasing a property worth no less than $544,500 (AED 2 million). As per the new amendments, investors are also entitled to obtain the Golden Residence when purchasing a property with a loan from specific local banks. Investors can also obtain Golden Residence when buying one or more off-plan properties of no less than $544,500 (AED 2 million) from approved local real estate companies.

Golden Visa for outstanding students and graduates: This long-term, 10-year visa will also target high-performing students in UAE secondary schools, and outstanding graduates from UAE universities, as well as from the best 100 universities worldwide, according to specific criteria that includes their academic performance (cumulative average), the year of graduation, and the university classification.

Humanitarian pioneers: As per the UAE government, humanitarian pioneers are also eligible under the new Golden Visa rules. Such as distinguished members of international and regional organisations, outstanding members of associations of public benefit, recipients of recognition awards in humanitarian fields and distinguished volunteers and sponsors of humanitarian efforts.

Frontline heroes: Frontline workers with extraordinary efforts in crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic can also get the Golden visa under the new rules issued by the UAE government.

Golden Visa for entrepreneurs and startup owners: The new executive regulations have also set flexible requirements for entrepreneurs eligible to obtain the Golden Residence. Entrepreneurs can obtain a Golden visa if they fulfil one of the following conditions:

  • own or partner in a start-up registered as a small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE, and the company generates annual revenues of not less than AED one million

  • obtain an approval for a start-up idea from an official business incubator or from Ministry of Economy or other competent local authorities

  • must have founded an entrepreneurial project that was sold for a total amount of not less than AED seven million.

How to apply for the Golden Visa?

If you would like assistance with applying or assessing your eligibility to obtain a Golden Visa, our bespoke Golden Visa Service will guide you through the application and issuance of the Golden Visa. Simply click to contact us for a free consultation.

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