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Residency visas for investors and entrepreneurs

If you wish to open a business or invest in property in Dubai, you can apply for five and ten-year residency visas, with a possibility to also bring your business partners and family.

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this programme

The Golden Visa programme offers 5 and 10-year visas for investors and entrepreneurs, allowing non-nationals to live, work and study in the UAE without the need of a national sponsor. The programme also offers many freedoms that come with full business ownership including increased flexibility to live in Dubai, and  travel to and from the UAE freely.

For the 5-year entrepreneur visa, three executives can be added to this visa as well as the applicant's family.

The 10-year long-term visa for investors can include the spouse and children, as well as one executive director and one advisor. It can also be extended to include business partners on the condition that each partner contributes AED2 million (approx. US$544,484).

Successful Golden Visa applicants from abroad are initially given a six-month visa with which they can enter the UAE, explore the opportunities, and settle. During this period, they are required to convert their temporary visa into the residency permit. There are no age or nationality restrictions for Golden Visa applications.

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5-Year Visa for Property Investors:

Granting a visa is subject to the following conditions:

The investor must invest in a property of a gross value of not less than AED2 million (approx. US$544,484).

The amount invested in real estate must not be on loan basis.

The property must be retained for at least two years.

Three executives can be added to the visa as well as the applicant's family.

5-Year Visa for Entrepreneurs:

This category includes those having an existing project with a minimum capital of AED500,000 (approx.US$136,129), or those who have the approval of an accredited business incubator in the UAE.

Three executives can be added to the visa as well as the applicant's family.

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10-Year Visa for Investors

Investment may take a number of forms including:

A deposit of at least AED2million (US$544,484) in an investment fund inside the country.

Establishing a company in the UAE with a capital of not less than AED2 million (US$544,484).

Partnering in an existing or a new company with a share value of not less than AED2 million (US$544,484).

Having a total investment of not less than AED2 million (US$544,484) 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.

Granting a visa is subject to the following conditions: the amount invested must not be loaned, and the investment should be retained for at least three years.

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